Brandywine Falls Provincial Park#6 in Best Things To Do in Whistler
Although Whistler is best known for its ski slopes, once the weather warms up, this winter sports haven offers multiple opportunities to get outdoors and explore nature. And one of the area's best places to hike is Brandywine Falls Provincial Park, which sits roughly 10 miles southwest of central Whistler. This park, which is named after its 230-foot waterfall, features multiple trails, including a family-friendly path and one that is a prime spot for seeing red-tailed frogs (a local threatened species). Some trails can also be used for mountain biking or snowshoeing during the winter months.
Recent visitors loved Brandywine Falls Provincial Park's hiking trails and highly recommend trekking the easier Brandywine Falls Trail for "spectacular" views of the falls. But remember to bring plenty of water with you since there are no water fountains or vendors inside the park. To make the most of your time in the region, several travelers suggest stopping at the park – which sits along the Sea-to-Sky Highway, a route that connects Whistler Village to Vancouver – on your way to central Whistler.
Brandywine Falls Provincial Park can only be reached by car and is free to visit every day from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. On-site facilities are limited, but a viewing platform and a picnic area with restrooms and picnic tables are available. Pets are permitted on all of the park's trails. For more information, check out BC Park's Brandywine Falls Provincial Park page.
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In Whistler, this is the main event. Hordes of skiers and snowboarders flock to Whistler Blackcomb every year and for good reason – its slopes stretch across more than 8,100 acres of 200-plus trails, offer terrain to accommodate all skill levels and see an annual average snowfall of around 40 feet. Stunt-lovers can practice tricks on the ramps and half pipes in any of the five terrain parks, while less-experienced skiers can glide down one of the 7-mile-long trails that wind across the mountains, which are not as steep as the mountains' more challenging runs.
But this resort isn't only for skiers and boarders. Other wintertime activities visitors can check out include snowshoeing, tubing, snowmobiling, dog sledding and zip lining. Meanwhile, summer visitors can go biking and hiking or try whitewater rafting or canoeing on the surrounding rapids, lakes and rivers. And be sure to wind down and relax after a day full of activity with an après-ski drink. You'll find plenty of drink and food specials at the bars and restaurants around town.
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