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Falls Bottom

2 km

45 min r/t

Easy

75 m

Year Round

Falls Top

4 km

1½ h r/t

Moderate

385 m

March to Nov

 

Access: See Getting to Whistler

Topographical Map: Squamish 92G/11

From the trailhead described above two additional routes lead to 335 metre-high Shannon Falls where tour bus after tour bus drops off its cargo of flash happy visitors. The first trail is just a single kilometre long and, after crossing Olesen Creek, leads to the bottom of the falls where most of the shutter bugs congregate. The second footpath also crosses the creek, just before the fork leading to the Stawamus Chief's first and second peaks. Continue climbing steeply to the top of the cascade 1½ km away. Very few of the bus-bound ever make it this far.

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Oregon Grape

Oregon Grape

Looking much like tiny concord grapes on a holly bush, the intensely sour fruit of the Oregon grape is loaded with Vitamin C. Munch them directly from the bush for a surefire pucker or render them into sugar-loaded jelly for a more palatable treat. Traditionally Oregon grape berries were mashed with other, sweeter berries to enhance their flavour. The inner bark of both stems and roots was a source of brilliant yellow dye during pre-European times. The source of the colour, an alkaloid called berberine, is known to possess antibiotic properties that are still used to combat both internal and external infections. An extract concocted from the roots is used by modern-day herbalists to correct a wide range of liver, kidney and urinary tract problems.

Illustration by Manami Kimura