Shannon Falls Provincial Park

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Shannon Falls Provincial Park
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Shannon Falls
Map showing the location of Shannon Falls Provincial Park
Map showing the location of Shannon Falls Provincial Park
Location in British Columbia
LocationBritish Columbia, Canada
Nearest citySquamish
Coordinates49°40′10″N 123°09′21″W / 49.66944°N 123.15583°W / 49.66944; -123.15583Coordinates: 49°40′10″N 123°09′21″W / 49.66944°N 123.15583°W / 49.66944; -123.15583
Area87 hectares (210 acres)
Established1984
Visitors629,206 [2] (in 2017-18)
Governing bodyBC Parks

Shannon Falls Provincial Park is a provincial park in British Columbia, Canada. It is located 58 kilometers (36 mi) from Vancouver and 2 kilometers (1.2 mi) south of Squamish along the Sea to Sky Highway.

The park covers an area of 87 hectares (210 acres). The main point of interest is Shannon Falls, the third highest waterfall in BC, where water falls from a height of 335 meters (1,099 ft).[3][4] The falls are named after a William Shannon who first settled the property in 1889[5] and made bricks in the area.

The park also protects the surrounding area on the north-east shore of the Howe Sound.

Just to the north are Murrin Provincial Park and Stawamus Chief Provincial Park. Located immediately across the highway from Shannon Falls is a privately operated campground and restaurant, plus the entrance to the Darrell Bay ferry terminal for Woodfibre (Darrell Bay was formerly named Shannon Bay). The Sea to Sky Gondola adjoins the park. The gondola line was deliberately cut in 2019 and again in 2020 after repairs.[6]

The falls and adjoining woods are commonly used in television and film production.

Hikers can view Shannon Creek below the falls in the park and above the falls via the Sea to Summit Trail. The adjacent cliff walls are used by rock climbers. Shannon Falls rarely freezes; when it does, it's the subject of intense ice climbing interest.[7]

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  1. ^ "Shannon Falls Park". Protected Planet. Retrieved 2020-09-16.
  2. ^ "BC Parks 2017/18 Statistics Report" (PDF). bcparks.ca. 2018. Retrieved 2020-10-13.
  3. ^ "Shannon Falls – World Waterfall Database: World's Tallest Waterfalls". Bryan Swan & Dean Goss. 2004. Retrieved 2008-11-07.
  4. ^ "Shannon Falls Provincial Park - BC Parks". Env.gov.bc.ca. Retrieved 2008-12-26.
  5. ^ "Darrell Bay". BC Geographical Names.
  6. ^ Chua, Steven; Thuncher, Jennifer (14 September 2020). "For the second time, the Sea to Sky Gondola has been cut down". The Squamish Chief. Retrieved 21 September 2020.
  7. ^ Serl, Don (2005). West Coast Ice (2nd ed.). Squamish, B.C.: Elaho Press. ISBN 0-9733035-3-0. OCLC 57064622.

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