Shannon Falls Park includes a day-use area with picnic tables, most of the which are equipped with barbeque holders. Barbeque briquettes are not available at the park. The day-use area has garbage cans as well as pit and flush toilets.
There is also a group picnic area, which can be reserved. This area does not have picnic tables. The group picnicking fee is $50 per group. For more information, see group picnic area, above. For information on reserving a picnic area, see the picnic shelters page.
A park-use permit is required for special events. Fires are not permitted in the day-use area. The parking lots are extremely vulnerable to vehicle break-ins. This park is very busy during summer months and is frequented by several bus-tour companies. The gate is closed between 10pm and 7am.
Pit and flush toilets are located throughout the park. The flush toilet building is closed after Thanksgiving (mid-October) and re-opens around May 15.
An easy 350 m walking trail along Shannon Creek passes through a forest of Western hemlock, Douglas fir, and Western red cedar. This leads to a spectacular view of Shannon Falls.
Be cautious of slippery wooden walkways and rushing water during heavy rains. Heavy rains can cause suddenly increased water flow, which may carry debris. Wading in the creek or climbing onto rocks and debris is extremely dangerous.
For your own safety and the preservation of the park, obey posted signs and keep to designated trails. Taking shortcuts destroys plant life and soil structure.
From early June to late August, you’ll find the BC Parks Foundation’s Discover Parks Ambassadors hosting programs, leading nature walks, hosting information booths and running the popular Jerry’s Ranger’s program for kids and families. To learn more about the Discover Parks Ambassador program and check their schedule visit the BC Parks Foundation’s website.
There are viewing platforms in this park that offer spectacular views of Shannon Falls.
Pets must be leashed at all times and are not allowed in beach areas or park buildings. You are responsible for their behaviour and must dispose of their excrement. Backcountry areas are not suitable for dogs or other pets due to the potential for problems with bears and other wildlife.
Cycling is permitted on roadways and trails in Shannon Falls Park.
Bicycles with electric assist motors (e-bikes) are not allowed on the trails. E-bikes are restricted to park roads and areas where motorized use is permitted. The only exception to this policy is for authorized and identified trail maintenance bikes conducting work on behalf of BC Parks.
There are climbing opportunities in Shannon Falls Park, including some multi-pitch and bolted routes. However, there are no designated trails to the climbing routes.
Read the best practices guide for rock-climbing route development in the Squamish area parks [PDF] to see new guidelines and considerations for rock-climbing route cleaning, including route development. This guide aims to balance climbers’ needs with environmental considerations and public safety.
This park is open during winter months, with reduced services. Access may be limited due to snowfall.