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Shannon Falls

Shannon Falls

Britannia Beach, BC, V0N 1J0

The Basics

While Shannon Falls are easily reached on a day trip from Vancouver, many visitors stop by when traveling the length of the Sea-to-Sky Highway. The short Shannon Falls Trail winds through old-growth hemlock, western red cedar, and Douglas fir trees to reach two viewing platforms. Most tours include plenty of time to hike to the falls and back. Don’t forget your camera, as this is considered one of Squamish’s prettiest spots.

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Whistler Sightseeing Tour from Vancouver: See Horseshoe Bay and Shannon Falls
Whistler Sightseeing Tour from Vancouver: See Horseshoe Bay and Shannon Falls
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$139.94 per adult
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Whistler village
Luke is the best! Very articulate, thorough, knowledgeable and accommodating.Ask for him directly. He is the man!
clquiocho24, Feb 2020

Recent reviews from experiences in Whistler

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The gondola
Andrea, Mar 2020
Whistler Sightseeing Tour from Vancouver: See Horseshoe Bay and Shannon Falls
I really enjoyed it. Whistler is beautiful!!!! The tour guide Jenny was very informative and helpful. Thank you, Jenny. Thank you, Vancouver. I had a great day. 🙏🏻🇨🇦
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Great trip!
SparkyCuda, Sep 2019
Whistler Sightseeing Tour from Vancouver: See Horseshoe Bay and Shannon Falls
Was a nice trip from the cruise ship to the mountain top, with the stops to visit the falls and along the Sea to Sky highway. The trams going up from Whistler were amazing, and the Peak to Peak was breathtaking. Cloud cover stopped us from going all the way up to the bridge, but still was a great trip.
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Jo
jobrora, Sep 2019
Guided Sightseeing Tour in Vancouver, Shannon Falls and Whistler
Our guide was excellent. Very helpful and knowledgable. Very good at taking our pictures which was much appreciated. Excellent driver and recommended lots of restaurants in Vancouver. Scenery was outstanding
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Best ever
kkrobin, Aug 2019
Guided Sightseeing Tour in Vancouver, Shannon Falls and Whistler
Great excursion, worth every penny.Comfortable van, we made three stops plus a bonus. Our guide John was absolutely fantastic. So knowledgeable and personable. He enhanced the trip greatly
star-5
Very nice trip
mitamaj, Aug 2019
Whistler Sightseeing Tour from Vancouver: See Horseshoe Bay and Shannon Falls
Loved the Whistler trip. Our guide Jenny was fun and very knowledgeable. We stopped at Horseshoe Bay, Shanon Falls and then to Whistler. At Whistler we took a separate gondola ride called Peak to Peak which was fun and exciting. All in all, a very nice experience
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Excellent day
Ashvegas36, Jun 2019
Whistler Sightseeing Tour from Vancouver: See Horseshoe Bay and Shannon Falls
We had a wonderful day trip with tour guide Fred from being collected to being dropped of. Fred is very entertaining and very knowledgeable of the attractions we visited, would highly recommend this trip.
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Our Cute Giggly Tour Guide Made it Wonderful
CatPhuNgu, Feb 2020
Guided Sightseeing Tour in Vancouver, Shannon Falls and Whistler
COMMUNICATION I had to call several times as I had a few questions I wanted to clarify. All times I had reached out to a rep from Bentley Tours & Charters Sightseeing Vancouver, they were very helpful. DAY-OF The pick-up for myself went smoothly. I have abandonment issues so I always arrive crazily early before scheduled appointment/date/pick-up just to make sure they don't miss them. During the drive and stops, our driver/tour guide (Jenny) provided enough commentary where the ambiance on the bus that never felt awkwardly silent or annoyingly too much - just right. Bonus: she has a nice voice so that's helpful. She provided our small group enough time at each stop and I am very satisfied with the time given to us. She was very informative and approachable. For someone working on a holiday, she was very sweet and nice and patient. OVERALL I would recommend this trip to anyone who is interested in seeing beautiful sights, pleasant guide and wants to take a nice relaxing exploration part of North Vancouver. Thank you Jenny!
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Whistler and snow
loves2laugh29, Oct 2019
Whistler Sightseeing Tour from Vancouver: See Horseshoe Bay and Shannon Falls
This tour from Vancouver was the highlight of our trip!! Whistler was definitely worth it, but even with over 3 hours it wasn't enough time to see everything. If you're doing the gondola get in line right away or see if you can purchase your ticket online before hand. The line just to buy Gondola tickets was about an hour. That's a lot of wasted time. Go straight to the top of the second leg of the ride. See everything and take pics then stop back at the first peak for more pics then head back down the mountain if you want to explore the town at all. Time runs out fast. We were fortunate enough to see Bears too. The waterfall stop at Shannon Falls was beautiful!! The only negative thing about this tour were the two stops at the sound for bathroom breaks but there was nothing to see at these stops. I would have much rather been able to get out of the car and take pictures at the mining town Britannia Mine instead of just pass by. The other thing I think Viator should do is remove the picture viewed on this tour of the Squamish Suspension Bridge, you don't even stop at Squamish on this tour and that picture is very misleading because that is something you don't even get to do on the tour. Our driver Bijourne (I know that's spelled wrong) was very good. Overall we loved Whistler and this tour.
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Vancouver, Shannon Falls & Whistler, Sea Everything Tour
Y4304XTfrankc, Aug 2019
Guided Sightseeing Tour in Vancouver, Shannon Falls and Whistler
Although there was poor communication between the tour guide/driver and the tour office staff involving the pick-up time which was delayed more than an hour due to traffic issues, the rest of the tour went well and on time. If not for that annoying glitch, we would have rated the tour "excellent." The tour guide/driver was very friendly and knowledgeable. We enjoyed his commentary and learned a lot as we toured Vancouver and then stopped at Horseshoe Bay, which was very picturesque. The drive along the Sea to Sky Highway was truly worth experiencing. The walk to get a closer look at dramatic Shannon Falls was perfect for stretching our legs. The time at Whistler was adequate to take the series of gondolas, enjoy the beautiful scenery from the summit, and still enjoy a relaxing lunch at the Village before returning to Vancouver. This was a varied and scenery-packed tour that allowed us to explore and appreciate Vancouver, Whistler, and points in between.
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Amazing!
Theresa R, Oct 2019
Whistler Sightseeing Tour from Vancouver: See Horseshoe Bay and Shannon Falls
Luke was a great host! I loved our smaller van so we got to know everyone which was great and the sights were amazing! The only thing I would say is it would have been easy to do an add on of buying the peak to peak bought prior at Whistler either by the company or at least told to purchase prior to coming. The line we were in was long at Whistler. I would not wait for the glass gondola as it for us was not worth the wait - it was better if we had just done the regular gondola to get more time in the snow! Shannon Falls was beautiful! Luke was great b/c he even said if your going to be late call me..and that was not what we got with anybody else. So thank you so much Luke!!
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Whistler was breathtaking!
NicoleMatters, Jun 2019
Whistler Sightseeing Tour from Vancouver: See Horseshoe Bay and Shannon Falls
This was the final tour of my holiday. My previous tours had been with LandSea Tours and I found their tour guides to be a bit more engaging than this tour company. In saying that, the tour was great and Shannon Falls and Whistler were breathtaking. My biggest tip is that you will get the option of doing a gondola ride near Shannon Falls or wait until Whistler - PLEASE wait until Whistler, it's a little more expensive but the Peak To Peak gondola ride is magnificent. I did my tour in late May so ski season had just stopped. p.s. Make sure you bring your own water, there was not enough on the bus for everyone even though it was to be included.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • While Shannon Falls Trail is generally safe and well-maintained, stay away from the creek boulders and the base of the falls.

  • There’s a picnic area near the trailhead.

  • The Sea to Sky Gondola is a short distance from the Shannon Falls parking area, so it’s convenient to combine the two destinations into a single stop.

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How to Get There

The Shannon Falls parking area is located on the east side of Highway 99 (aka the Sea-to-Sky Highway). The falls are about 37 miles (59 kilometers) north of Vancouver and 3 miles (5 kilometers) south of Squamish, making them a nice place to break up a trip between Vancouver and Whistler. Parkbus provides round-trip service from Vancouver during the summer months.

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When to Get There

Shannon Falls Provincial Park is open year-round. To beat the crowds, get to the parking lot early, as it can fill quickly. If you’re going in winter, when the falls freeze into dramatic formations, be extra cautious when hiking, as the trail and boardwalk will likely be slippery.

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How to Photograph Shannon Falls

A wide-angle lens is ideal for capturing the true scale of the towering waterfall, whose lower half is visible from two viewing platforms near the base. Since the falls face northwest, photography can be tricky in the morning—plan to arrive in the afternoon for the best possible light for snapping photos.

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