British Columbia | summer adventure
British Columbia has been on my bucket list for a few years now, so it was incredibly exciting to explore Vancouver, Squamish, and Whistler for the first time with my husband. We flew into Seattle, rented a car, and began our BC road-trip, adventure-style! Highlights of the trip was staying at The Douglas Vancouver, riding bikes through Stanley Park, hiking to Wedgemount Glacier, hiking down to Brandywine Falls, riding the Sea to Sky Gondola, and relaxing the Four Seasons Resort Whistler. Something that was absoluuuutely magical was experiencing Vallea Lumina, a multi-media night walk through the forest that leaves you captivated and full of wonder. It was hands-down the best way to end our stay in Whistler and highly recommend experiencing it!
The Sea to Sky Gondola is a beautiful 10 minute ride in Squamish, British Columbia. This is a fun pit-stop along the Sea to Sky Highway, along with Shannon Falls (only a couple minutes away). They have a coffee shop at the base, a suspension bridge at the top, and several viewing platforms and hiking trails to enjoy. I recommend visiting when they first open in the morning or closer to sunset to avoid large crowds (and to find parking)!
One of my favorite activities was hiking down to Brandywine Falls. Most people go to the viewing platform where you can see the waterfall from the top. If you're feeling adventurous, there's a less-known trail that leads you down a rock slide, through the woods, and down to the foot of the waterfall. The trail is hard to follow at times and some moments felt a bit sketch, but it's totally worth it when you find yourself at the bottom where you can feel the mist and experience the fall up close.
The Wedgemount Lake Hike is located in Garibaldi Provincial Park and although its quite the challenge, it's totally rewarding and worth pushing through to the top. It took us about three hours of hiking uphill to reach the summit and two hours to get down. We hiked up the glacier and had sandwiches with a million-dollar view! I recommend going at dawn when it's still cool out and packing plenty of water and lunch/snacks to keep you energized.