• Difficulty Easy
  • Time 0.5 hours
  • Round-Trip 1km
  • Elevation Gain 45 meters
  • Season year-round
  • Camping No
  • From Vancouver 1 hour
  • Public Transit No
  • Dog Friendly On-Leash

The iconic Shannon Falls in Squamish, BC, is a towering waterfall that is visible along the Sea To Sky Highway and is one of the town's most recognizable features. Visitors to Shannon Falls Provincial Park can walk the short distance to a spectacular viewpoint below the falls, then continue to a second viewpoint further up the trail.

Starting from the parking lot, walk towards the park area where all of the picnic tables are located and walk past the building with the washrooms. Veer left and begin walking up hill as the path turns into a gravel trail. Go straight at the first junction and continue along the gravel path as you enter the forest and continue walking next to the scenic Shannon Creek.

The route goes up a short hill, then reaches a paved path. Go right and, as you continue to walk towards the sound of the roaring falls, the entire waterfall comes into view. This first viewpoint is an excellent place to get some photos and selfies before continuing to the next viewpoint.

To get to the upper viewpoint, walk back along the paved path and look for a trail on the right where wooden stairs head up into the forest. Follow this trail as it climbs steadily, continuing up a number of stairs. As the trail begins to level, Shannon Falls comes into view via a slightly different angle.

After enjoying the second viewpoint, walk back down the stairs and through the forest until you returned to the paved section. Instead of returning back down the gravel trail, you can go to the right and follow the paved path as it veers left before joining the original route that you walked. Walk back towards the picnic tables and return to the parking lot area.

How to get to Shannon Falls

Estimated Driving Time from Vancouver
1 hour

Shannon Falls is located just south of the town of Squamish, BC.

To drive to Shannon Falls Provincial Park from Vancouver, head towards Highway #1 and enter the highway heading Westbound. As you approach Horseshoe Bay, merge onto Highway #99, the Sea To Sky Highway, heading Northbound towards Squamish. Enjoy the scenic drive as you head along the mountainous route next to Howe Sound.

After passing Murrin Provincial Park, the highway begins to descend towards the town of Squamish, with the large Stawamus Chief Mountain in view up ahead. Watch for signs and at the traffic light for Shannon Falls, turn right and drive into the parking lot.

If the parking lot is full, there is overflow parking on the opposite side of the highway.

View a map of Driving directions to Shannon Falls.

Traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the Coast Salish and Skwxwú7mesh-ulh Temíx̱w (Squamish).
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Additional Info

Camping at Shannon Falls

Camping is not permitted at Shannon Falls.

Dogs at Shannon Falls

Dogs are allowed at Shannon Falls Provincial Park but must be leashed at all times. Please ensure to pick up after your dog and dispose of dog waste in the garbage cans in the park.

Toilets at Shannon Falls

There are bathroom facilities near the picnic area, not far from the parking lot.

Dogs, Toilets and Camping

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