Snowshoeing to the Whistler Bungee Bridge
The views from the Whistler Bungee Bridge are fantastic. Far above the Cheakamus River, if you are lucky, Whistler Bungee will be doing jumps when you are there. They operate year-round, and even in the cold winter months they are fairly busy. Though the Bungee Bridge is purpose built for Whistler Bungee, it now lays on the Sea to Sky Trail and being part of the trail is always open.
The 3 kilometre, Sea to Sky Trail section that runs from Brandywine Provincial Park to the bungee bridge is a great snowshoe trail. If it hasn't snowed significantly in the previous week, you can manage the trail on foot, however, most of the winter, deep snow covers the trail. The trail begins at the trailhead and bridge crossing for Brandywine Provincial Park. The short trail to Brandywine Falls takes you to the amazing viewing platform opposite the falls. About 100 metres from the falls, the viewpoint has to be this far away to take in these massive falls that drop suddenly from a vertical cliff.
The viewpoint is the best place to view the falls, but another short trail takes you further to another viewpoint over the huge valley that Daisy Lake sits in. On a sunny day the park benches here are perfectly sun facing and if you bring a book, you may find yourself sitting for hours in this quiet corner of the park. To get back to the Sea to Sky Trail which leads to the Whistler Bungee Bridge, you have to backtrack a few dozen metres and look for the Sea to Sky Trail sign indicating to follow the trail to the right.
There are handy little maps at most of the direction signs as well as kilometre markings so you know where and how far you are away. From this turnoff to the Bungee Bridge is just 2.6 kilometres and all on easy, wide and mostly flat terrain. There are a couple nice viewpoints along the way, but the Bungee Bridge, along with Brandywine Falls, is the big highlight of this snowshoe trail.
Winter Parking Directions to Brandywine Falls
To start the 3 kilometre snowshoe trail to the Whistler Bungee Bridge you have to park at Brandywine Falls Provincial Park. The Brandywine Falls parking lot is blocked by snow in the winter and you must park outside the yellow gate along the highway. There is plenty of room for several cars. Located about 25 minutes north of Squamish there are big and easy to spot signs indicating, "Brandywine Falls Provincial Park". You will see the obvious area to park outside the gate (gate is usually buried in snow in the winter). From Squamish you will se Brandywine Provincial Park will be on your right. You will then have to put your snowshoes on immediately and scramble over the wall of snow to access the parking lot. You will then be in a suddenly, serene setting of snow covered picnic tables and see the wonderful, covered bridge across the Cheakamus River leading to the amazing Brandywine Falls viewpoint. There are excellent Sea to Sky Trail signs and mapboards indicating the trail to the Bungee Bridge.