Alexander Falls#9 in Best Things To Do in Whistler
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Pack a picnic and head to Alexander Falls if you want to admire Mother Nature in all her glory. This 141-foot-tall natural landmark northwest of Whistler (about a 15-mile drive from Whistler Village) is a majestic sight. Those looking to relax and drink in the environment can take a seat on one of the picnic tables peppered around the observation deck, while hikers can enjoy the lush forest and massive rock formations on the surrounding Callaghan Valley trails.
Along the way, keep your eyes peeled for animals – many recent visitors commented on the abundance of wildlife that roams nearby, mostly black bears and grizzly bears. (Remember to keep a safe distance from wild animals at all times.) And with all the flora and fauna you'll find here, don't forget your camera – you'll want to snap a photo as the water cascades down several tiers of charcoal-colored rocks.
Alexander Falls is open year-round and is free to access. Public transportation is offered in the area, but a complimentary parking lot is available next to the property's viewing platform. Consider pairing a trip here with a visit to the Whistler Olympic Park, which is just up the street.
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