A couple weeks ago, we decided to drive up to Squamish, B.C. for the weekend. We got a late-ish start Friday evening, so we stopped and spent the night in Blaine, Washington, which is right near the Canadian border. We slept in the parking lot of a marina, so in the morning, we went for a quick walk around by the water and watched some birds.

The next stop was Shannon Falls Provincial Park, where a quick walk brings you to the 3rd highest waterfall in British Columbia.

By early afternoon, we were in Squamish, which is a world famous climbing area. Since we haven't climbed in over a year, we decided to hike. The main climbing feature in Squamish is the Stawamus Chief, a huge granite dome with 3 separate summits. The trail up the back side is super steep, and features a lot of stairs, some sections with chains, and even a few ladders to help get past some steeper bits.
The views from the top were amazing, and we sat around for a long time enjoying it. The big mountain is Mt. Garibaldi.
On Sunday, we went to Brandywine Falls, which is north of Squamish a bit. It's hard to get a sense of scale from the photos, but the fall is 70 meters (230 feet)!

Then it was time for the drive home. After a quick tour through the waterfront area of Squamish, we decided to drive home through Vancouver, which we had driven around on the way up. We stopped to check out the lighthouse park on the outskirts of the city, but then it was getting late, so there was no more stopping and Heather just had to take pictures from the car as we drove.

Thanks for looking!


Posted 10/25/2009

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