Bottom of Brandywine Falls Hike

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The most common view of Brandywine Falls is from the top lookout platform, a quick ten-minute walk from the parking lot just off the side of the Sea to Sky Highway. While the view from above the falls as the water gushes down into the river leading to Daisy Lake is breathtaking, there is something about perching on the misty rocks below while you are deafened by the sound of booming water as it crashes down a few feet away.

There is a trail to the base of the falls!

BOTTOM OF BRANDYWINE FALLS HIKE DETAILS

When: year-round, but be cautious during snow and rain as trail is slippery

Where: just before Whistler on Sea to Sky Highway

Difficulty: intermediate

Length: 1.5 hours for the round-trip, as it is an unmarked trail, I'm not sure of the length

Directions: At the end of the viewing platform where you look out towards Daisy Lake, pass the fence on the far left side. Walk straight through the forest following the edge of the cliff until you reach a rocky area. Make your way down what looks very much like a set of steps in the boulder field.

Continue to follow the trail until you come to a white rope that hangs over a pile of boulders that you need to carefully climb down. Follow the tracks across the boulders until the trail makes an obvious turn left into the forest.

From here, the trail is very clear and winds its way through the cool forest until it meets the stream then makes its way up to reach the falls. The hike back is the same route in reverse and it's awe-inspiring to look down again from the top and realize you were just at the bottom of that thunderous mass of water.

Bathrooms: yes, at the parking lot

Public Transit: no

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At the end of the viewing platform where you look out towards Daisy Lake, pass the fence on the far left side and walk straight ahead.

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Walk straight through the forest following the edge of the cliff until you reach a rocky area. Make your way down what looks very much like a set of steps in the boulder field.

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Continue to follow the trail until you come to a white rope that hangs over a pile of boulders that you need to carefully climb down. Follow the tracks across the boulders until the trail makes an obvious turn left into the forest. From here, the trail is very clear and winds its way through the cool forest until it meets the stream then makes its way up to reach the falls.

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Jana Meerman

Hi! I’m Jana, a British-Dutch-Canadian with a dream of seeing every country in the world. I am a storyteller, photographer and adventurer passionate about documenting and sharing my travels.

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5 Comments

  1. Sydney
    9 August 2023 / 3:13 am

    Thank you for your detailed explanation! We found it easily

    • 10 August 2023 / 12:28 pm

      Amazing! So glad you found the post clear and useful, and I hope you had a beautiful hike.

  2. Ramin
    29 August 2022 / 9:27 am

    This article was perfect ????
    Thank you guys, you are awesome ????
    Always Be Happy ????

  3. Steph
    28 September 2021 / 9:53 pm

    Hi! This seems very helpful! I’m planning to trek this alone — I heard from other blogs that not all these landmarks are easy to find. Do you think it would be easy to get very lost? Thanks for posting this blog –– hope to hear from you!

    Kindly,
    Steph

    • 29 September 2021 / 11:27 am

      Hey Steph, we already chatted on insta but I would love to hear how it was (and I’m sure other readers would appreciate an up to date comment!) if you end up making it down there. Enjoy the hike 😀

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