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Visiting Shannon Falls

Taking in the beautiful waterfall at Shannon Falls, the third largest in BC

Recently we teamed up with the guys over at TK Maxx for their Ridiculous Possibilities campaign, and they challenged us to get out and about in the great outdoors, to explore some of the cracking countryside where we live.

However, with an imminent trip to Vancouver to do a load of filming just around the corner, I knew it was going to be difficult to squeeze in the challenge of going hiking in the UK. Then it occurred to me – why does it have to be in the UK? Why don’t we just go hiking in Canada instead!?

Shannon Falls, Canada

So, with that in mind, I hunted around the store at TK Maxx looking for some new hiking gear for Brianna and I to wear. As the hiking season has just started in the UK (as in, when you can pitch a tent without fear that it’ll get washed away), and as TK Maxx has just had a fresh delivery of outdoor brands with tonnes of kit to choose from, it was easy finding some stuff for Canada.

I knew Brianna and I were kayaking while in Canada (more on this another time), so I have to admit I did do a double-take when I saw all the kayaking gear in store, but I thought travelling with a paddle might be stretching it a bit!

Hiking at Shannon Falls

Anyway, once armed to the teeth with some new hiking gear for Brianna and I, we looked at some hikes outside of Vancouver.

With a day of filming at the Sea to Sky Gondola, Brianna and I had the morning to ourselves to find a few of the hiking trails around Squamish, an hour north of Vancouver.

The river at Shannon Falls

Very close to the Sea to Sky Gondola is Shannon Falls, a huge waterfall cascading down the side of the mountains with the forest stretching all the way to the water by the coast.

With a few other trails around the area (for those who are really looking for a challenge you should check out the Chief, one of the toughest hikes in the area), Shannon Falls is a great place to spend a couple of hours walking around, especially if you’re hiking to the Upper Falls.

Walking over one of the log bridges at Shannon Falls

At the bottom of Shannon Falls is a cute little picnic area, and the only thing you can hear is the waterfall in the background.

As you start to walk through the forest to the falls, this noise just gets louder and louder, just increasing the sense of anticipation with every step.

Once you finally see Shannon Falls at the first viewing platform, you see the water cascading over the cliff, crashing down into the rocks below, a cacophony of sound.

At 335 metres, Shannon Falls is actually the third tallest waterfall in British Columbia, and it is really something to marvel at.

Shannon Falls, British Columbia

Once Brianna and I saw Shannon Falls, we walked through the forests around the area, taking in the true beauty of BC. Even though the viewing platforms are easy to get to, there are a few trails around the area that are worth taking a look at, and a few of them even hook up with the Sea to Sky Gondola and onto the Chief too.

As with everywhere here in BC, it is so easy to be drawn in by it all, and personally, I’m always astounded at how stunning this area of the world is, and Shannon Falls really is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the area.

All clothes were provided by TK Maxx as part of their Ridiculous Possibilities campaign where an unexpected mix of products, at unexpected prices, really can lead to anything.

If you’re looking to get out there and do something different this summer then there’s some great kit outdoor kit on offer in certain stores and some huge savings to be had too! Head to store with an open mind and find exactly what you weren’t looking for at up to 60% less than the RRP.