A return trip down the winding road to Port Alberni is the only way back to the east and more populated side of the island. You have a fairly long drive ahead of you so we suggest you start out fairly early. We recommend you make a reservation for the ferry in Nanaimo at Departure Bay to Horseshoe Bay. Or, split this journey into two days.
The drive to Whistler is beautiful, and the Sea to Sky Highway is notorious for its scenic mountainous roads. Hugging the coast all the way to the top of Howe Sound, then heading inland, the Sea to Sky Highway has a number of scenic viewpoints where you can stop and safely enjoy the views.
Stop at Shannon Falls Provincial Park to view the magnificent falls. Shannon Falls are the third highest in BC at 335 metres above the Sea to Sky Highway. And, just 11km (7 miles) south of Whistler, is Brandywine Falls Provincial Park. Here a spectacular 70 metre waterfall is best seen from the viewpoint which also presents some marvellous views of Daisy Lake and the surrounding mountains.
Check out the CanaDream app for discounts on campgrounds and activities along this part of your road trip.
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