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5 Places You Have To See Between Vancouver & Whistler

The scenic stretch between Vancouver and Whistler in British Columbia, Canada, offers a breathtaking journey through majestic mountains, dense forests, and picturesque coastal landscapes. But where should you stop between either destination?

Whether you’re a nature lover, adventure enthusiast, or simply seeking a peaceful escape, this region has something for everyone. In this blog post, we will explore 5 must-see places that you shouldn’t miss on your journey between Vancouver and Whistler.

At BeWild! Adventures, we think everyone should have access to nature regardless of physical ability, which is why our hikes go from easy to difficult. Whether you’re a beginner or an expert hiker, we have a range of British Columbia hikes for everyone. Just get in touch to learn more! 

We love visiting Whistler and sharing the land’s beautiful natural features with locals and visitors from around the world. Whether you choose our popular Waterfalls and Whistler Guided Hike or our One Way Private Waterfall Tour, we look forward to walking with you. 

1. Start Your Adventure to Whistler in Stanley Park, Vancouver

Begin your journey in Vancouver with a visit to Stanley Park, a sprawling urban oasis nestled on the edge of downtown. This green oasis is a great way to anchor yourself in Vancouver and sample one of the city’s recreational spaces on your trip.

This 1,000-acre park offers a perfect blend of natural beauty and recreational activities. Take a leisurely stroll along the seawall, rent a bike to explore the park’s many trails, or relax on one of the sandy beaches. 

Don’t miss the iconic Totem Poles, Prospect Point lookout, or the Vancouver Aquarium, which houses a fascinating array of marine life. There are plenty of scenic points for photo opportunities, picnics, and discovering via bike or on foot in Stanley Park.

2. Take a Dive at the Picturesque Porteau Cove Provincial Park

Located approximately 40 kilometers (25 miles) north of Vancouver along the Sea-to-Sky Highway, Porteau Cove Provincial Park is a picturesque stopover worth exploring. This waterfront park offers stunning views of Howe Sound and the surrounding mountains. 

Take a walk along the pebbled beach, go for a swim in the calm waters, or relax and soak in the serene atmosphere. The park also has a diving area for scuba divers to explore underwater marine life. 

If you’re lucky, you may even catch a glimpse of seals or dolphins swimming offshore!

3. Experience the Serene Shannon Falls on the Way to Whistler

As you head north from Vancouver, make a stop at Shannon Falls Provincial Park, located just off the Sea-to-Sky Highway. Shannon Falls is the third tallest waterfall in British Columbia, cascading down a granite cliffside in a spectacular display of natural beauty. 

Take a short hike to the viewing platform to witness the awe-inspiring sight of water plunging 335 meters (1,099 feet) into the pool below. The park also offers picnic areas and walking trails, allowing you to immerse yourself in the serene surroundings.

BeWild! loves sharing this calming area with old and new hikers, which is why our Sea to Sky Gondola & Shannon Falls tour is perfect for those wanting a more in-depth experience in this place. Ideal for late risers and those who want an easy walk in a picture-perfect location.

Shannon Falls

4. Walk Around the Breathtaking Brandywine Falls Provincial Park

Continuing along the Sea-to-Sky Highway, you’ll come across another hidden gem, Brandywine Falls Provincial Park. A short hike from the parking lot will lead you to the majestic Brandywine Falls, a 70-meter (230-foot) waterfall that tumbles into a picturesque canyon. 

The viewing platform provides a stunning vantage point to admire the roaring cascade — don’t forget your camera! If you’re up for more adventure, explore the park’s hiking and mountain biking trails that wind through lush forests and offer panoramas of the surrounding mountains.

5. Enjoy an Array of Activities at Alexander Falls

For a taste of adventure and natural beauty, make a detour to Alexander Falls, located near the Callaghan Valley, approximately 15 kilometers (9 miles) south of Whistler. These majestic waterfalls cascade down a granite cliff, creating a stunning sight that will leave you in awe. 

Visit during the winter months to witness the falls framed by a glistening curtain of ice, or enjoy the lush greenery surrounding the falls during the summer. 

The area is also popular for snowmobiling, hiking, and cross-country skiing, offering opportunities for outdoor activities amidst a breathtaking alpine setting.

The journey between Vancouver and Whistler showcases the natural beauty and diverse attractions of British Columbia. While there are many more adventures to be had between these two breathtaking locations, we hope this top 5 list has given you insight into some of them! 

Whether you’re interested in touring Whistler’s wonderful waterfalls or taking a one-way guided tour from Vancouver to Whistler, we’re sure you’ll have a wonderful time getting to know this pristine area.   

If you have any questions about anything we’ve covered or are ready to take the first step to your next hiking adventure, get in touch with our local team. Passionate about all things British Columbia, we’re here to make your hiking experience one to remember.

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