Shannon Falls is located just off Highway 99, 58 km north of Vancouver. BC. According to the BC Parks website, it is composed of a series of cliffs, rising 335 meters above Highway 99, making it the third highest falls in the province.
In 1792, Captain George Vancouver set up camp just west of the falls, which were named after Shannon who, in 1890 – 1900, owned the falls and surrounding area and used the clay deposits to make bricks. (you can’t make bricks without clay!)
The park also holds significant spiritual value to the Squamish First Nations, the first people to live in the area. They told of a two-headed sea serpent, Say-noth-ka, who lived in and around Howe Sound. According to legend, this beast travelled both on land and in the water. Some versions say it was Say-noth-ka who formed Shannon Falls by slithering and twisting his powerful body up the mountainside, wearing down a spillway for those cascading waters
We will, once again visit Shannon Falls, as our substitute for the Reichenbach Falls. The resemblance is truly uncanny!
We will meet at the park at 10:00 am on Saturday, July 14th. Please bring a lunch and your comfy hiking shoes, as we will walk up to the viewpoint located up a ” 350 meter long walking trail through a forest of Western hemlock, Douglas fir and Western red cedar along Shannon Creek.”
We will then pay homage to Vincent Starrett’s mother by visiting her grave site in North Vancouver, leaving a flower and reciting from her famous son’s works. Next stop will be “Toad Hall” for tea.
If you require any additional information, please contact your Consulting Detective at the g-mail address provided here.
Let us hope that the weather co-operates.