With the travel bug ingrained in me, I often have to improvise when time is limited. I am lucky that I live in one of the most beautiful provinces in Canada. I recently needed a little west coast love so I hit the road for a quick adventure on the Sea to Sky highway. With time on a limited budget I hit Vancouver first and picked up my favourite travel partner, my daughter. I am always on the hunt for the best photo ops and she is the perfect companion with a hawk eye for beauty.
Our first order was to hit up Spanish Banks beach and watch the sun go down. A most beautiful spot to chill in the evening with some absolutely stunning views of the city scape. We were given a spectacular colourful show that evening and it was a tough choice between the reflections of light off the city or the powerful glow of mother nature against the Pacific Ocean. It's a tough job but someone has to do it!
Spanish Banks, Vancouver BC
After a good nights rest we headed across the Ironworkers Bridge towards the North Shore and began our winding adventure up to Whistler. The Sea to Sky highway is one of the most scenic highways in Canada. Be it a Sunday drive or a piece of a larger trip the Sea to Sky doesn't disappoint. With the Howe sound, mountain peaks and fresh mountain air we were travel stoked!
The moment you approach Squamish The Stawamus Chief greets you with significance and awe. The Chief towers over 700m in granite and was named Stawamus after the village at the base of the mountain as well as the Stawamus river & lake. Many years ago I hiked the chief and it's back on the bucket list of "to do AGAIN". The dome's impressive rock face was softened by the west coast mist on our cloudy day and we had to stop near the base to take it all in before heading forward.
With the cool weather, we decided to chase some waterfalls. We ventured out to Brandywine Provincial Park, part of the Garibaldi Volcanic Belt. The falls tower at 70 meters. Since we were in the neighbourhood we took in Alexander Falls who's cascade was at 43 meters of absolute stunning beauty! It was without a doubt my favourite falls of the day trip. After dipping into the Callaghan valley the drive is spectacular. The falls are the bonus. The water was powerful and multiple cascades along the rocks made it a photographers dream. Such beauty right at your finger tips.