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WEDNESDAY, JULY 26, 2006

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Fall for the view

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The drive between Vancouver and Whistler offers three must-see waterfalls cataract is also found just off the highway, 47 km north of Squamish. The viewing platform is a 500-metre walk from the parking lot. You cross a footbridge over Brandywine Creek and railroad tracks along the way. According to an information board at the viewpoint, Brandywine Falls got its name when two railway surveyors bet brandy and wine over its height in the early 1900s. Looking at the layers of rock surrounding the waterfall’s plunge pool, you can easily make out the remnants of successive lava flows. The best time to visit Brandywine Falls Provincial Park is in late spring or early summer, as the falls are most impressive when the creek is at peak flow. So, after a two-hour drive, you’ve made it to Whistler but wouldn’t mind seeing another waterfall? Head 32 km north to Nairn Falls.

A 1.5-km walk takes you to the 60-metre falls, with their fascinating potholes. Nairn Falls Provincial Park, three kilometres south of Pemberton, also makes the perfect base camp from which to explore day-hikes in Garibaldi, Joffre Lakes and other provincial parks in the area. stephen.hui@tor.sunpub.com.

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Parking lots for all three waterfalls are on the east side of the Sea to Sky Highway, or Hwy. 99, which leaves TransCanada Highway 1 just before the Horseshoe Bay ferry terminal in West Vancouver. Pay parking is $1 per hour at each park. On the web, contact B.C. Parks, env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/.

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+ taxes & fees $211.15

flights

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london

899

$

royal national

sep 17, 19, 21 • 1 wk • th/ts

+ taxes & fees $206.65

air + 7 nts htl. & bkft. dly.

hotels

paris + london

bleu marine/president hotel

1479

$

sept 06 - sept 26 • 1 wk • th/ts + taxes & fees $206.65

air, htl & bkft, eurostar train tfr.

cars trains

3 days greek island & turkey cruise + 4 days mykonos aug 27 • 1 wk

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1439

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air + htl + bkft. dly.

paris

1119

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ireland

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989

$

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2159

$

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1299

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cruising

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sun, sea & sand

usa

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STEPHEN HUI/SUN MEDIA

Brandywine Falls is 66 metres of breathtaking beauty.

caribbean

WHISTLER, B.C. — Drive from Vancouver to Whistler and you get a quick introduction to what British Columbia’s spectacular Coast Mountains have to offer. Dense forests, towering cliffs, glaciated peaks and an island-dotted fjord — all are seen on the Sea to Sky Highway without even leaving the car. Now, to really get to know these landscapes, you have to spend some time hiking or skiing. But for those with less ambitious plans — say, shopping in Whistler Village — or just needing a quick break from the road, the waterfalls are not to be missed. One of the most popular attractions en route to Whistler is Shannon Falls, located 58 km north of Vancouver and two kilometres south of Squamish. Following the

signs for Shannon Falls Provincial Park takes you to a parking lot adjacent to Hwy. 99. The falls are just minutes away. After a brief, 350-metre walk, you are rewarded with an awe-inspiring look at B.C.’s third-highest waterfall. To get an even closer — and wetter — perspective, take a few minutes to visit the higher viewpoint. Shannon Creek and its 337-metre cascade are fed by snowmelt and run-off from Mount Habrich and Sky Pilot Mountain. In colder years, the falls occasionally freeze over and are taken advantage of by ice climbers. Shannon Falls is also used as an alternate starting point for hikers following trails up the back of the Stawamus Chief, the world’s second-largest granite monolith. Less well known but equally spectacular is Brandywine Falls. This 66-metre

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cuba

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athens

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vancouver

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ft. lauderdale

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*except otherwise stated. All prices are per person departure from Toronto for new bookings only. Packages based on double occupancy in the lowest room category unless otherwise stated. All prices are available at press-time and subject to change without prior notice. Local airport taxes or tourist cards (if applicable) are payable at destination (Cuba: 25 convertible Cuban Pesos, Dom. Rep., Panama: $20us, St.Maarten: $22us, Venezula.: $115 000 Bolivars, Colombia: $31us, Costa Rica: $32us, Nicaragua: $35us). th: Transat Holidays, nol: Nolitours, reva: Rêvatour, sign: Signature, sunq: Sunquest, conq: Conquest, hola: Hola Sun, sunf: Sunflight, acv: Air Canada Vacations. ts: Air Transat (ts), c6: CanJet Airlines, ws: West jet, 5g: Skyservice, cu: Cubana, mp: Martin Air, my: Mytravel, bw: BWIA, ac: Air Canada, tc: Thomas Cook or scheduled service. More conditions may apply. Full Terms & Conditions refer to tour operators’ brochures & www.exitnow.ca. exitnow.ca 1553, Bayview Avenue, Toronto. ™ This log is a trademark of Consultour Inc. ®/TM Trademark of AIR MILES International Trading B.V. Used under license by Loyalty Management Group Canada inc. and exitnow.ca.

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