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Sea to Sky Highway: Whistler & the Sea to Sky Gondola Tour

1. Sea to Sky Highway: Whistler & the Sea to Sky Gondola Tour

Spectacular sights and rugged wilderness is found just out of reach of Downtown Vancouver. Board your mini-coach and tour the famous Sea to Sky Highway along Howe Sound, the southernmost glacial fjord in North America. Feel the spray from British Columbia’s third-highest waterfall, Shannon Falls, while standing on the viewing platform. Next it is on to the Sea to Sky Gondola. Board the gondola and ascend 850-metres (930-yards) to the top to soak up the panoramic perspectives of Howe Sound cradled by the Coast Mountains. It’s here that you can cross the Sky Pilot Suspension Bridge and walk along forest trails to the observation platforms. Your tour then continues North to Whistler Resort where you will join a short guided walking tour of Whistler Village (optional). After learning a bit about Whistler and getting a lay of the land, there is plenty of free time to explore at your own pace. Visit the shops, stop in an art gallery, or do as the locals do and find the perfect patio along the village stroll for a moment to relax at this stunning mountain resort. Whistler Resort is renowned as an outdoor mecca, so feel free to ask about additional activities you can take part in during your free time in the village. When your time in Whistler is coming to an end, get to enjoy the scenic tour back along the Sea to Sky Highway to where your tour began.

Squamish: Via Ferrata Climbing Adventure

2. Squamish: Via Ferrata Climbing Adventure

Experience the satisfaction of climbing Via Ferrata at the Sea to Sky Gondola on this adventurous but safe guided tour that takes place high above Squamish. Choose from private and group tour options. Pick from a tour with our without a gondola ticket. Meet your guide and get set up with your high-quality helmet, harness, and lanyards. Stay secure during this family-friendly climb with two leashes that are continuedly clipped onto the cable for safety. Take the path along the Sea to Summit Trail through an old-growth forest, and emerge to a rewarding view of Howe Sound. At the flight deck your guide will clip you into the safety cable. Enjoy the a sweeping view of Howe Sound and of the snowcapped peaks of Sky Pilot Mountain. Hold on to the steel rungs and the fixed cable system, make your way across bridges, across a catwalk, and head up glacier-worn granite. Your Via Ferrata adventure will take you to the Sea to Sky Summit Lodge, where you can relax on the sun deck before returning to the starting point of your tour.

Vancouver: Full-Day Whistler Private Tour

3. Vancouver: Full-Day Whistler Private Tour

Start your tour at 9:00 AM with pick-up at your hotel or cruise terminal. Drive through the Stanley Park Causeway, enjoy the majestic view of the Lions Gate Bridge, Burrard Inlet, and Straights of Georgia. Further up the cut, see the Sea to Sky Highway. Experience the thrill of driving through the beautiful coastline of Howe Sound. Next, drive by the Britannia Beach community. Visit the historical Britannia Mine Museum, at one time the largest copper mine in the British Empire. Further up the highway see Shannon Fall Provincial Park and its waterfall. Head for Squamish, well known for outdoor activities like river rafting, and snowmobiling during the winter, and bald eagle watching in nearby Brackendale. The Sea-To-Sky gondola takes you to its peak for magnificent views of Howe Sound at 885 meters above sea level. At the Brandywine Falls Provincial Park, stop to trek up the mountain path and look for the spectacular 70-meter horseshoe-shaped Brandywine Fall. Finally, at Whistler, enjoy 4 hours of free time at the village, or to take part in some outdoor activities before leaving for Vancouver at 5:00 PM.

From Vancouver: Whistler and Shannon Falls Private Day Trip

4. From Vancouver: Whistler and Shannon Falls Private Day Trip

Discover the rugged landscapes of Whistler and Squamish with a private tour from Vancouver. Zip along the meandering Sea to Sky Highway and marvel at the towering mountains and lush forests. Feast your eyes on Shannon Falls, visit Brandywine Falls Provincial Park, and savor a warm lunch in Whistler. Begin your tour with a private pick-up at your Vancouver hotel. With your guide leading the way, drive along the scenic Sea to Sky Highway and watch for local wildlife like elk, deer, and bears. Stop at Shannon Falls and Brandywine Falls Park for a series of spectacular cliffs and waterfalls. Then it's time to visit Whistler, an alpine village known for its towering skyscrapers, diverse art, and eclectic restaurants. Savor a warm lunch, wander nearby trails, explore local shops, or go for a bike ride. Continue to Squamish to learn about the town's rich history of mountain biking and climbing. Walk along the Sky Pilot Suspension Bridge, a 100-meter-long bridge hanging 1,000 feet in the sky, offering 360-degree mountain views. During the summer months, feel your heart race as you ride the Sea to Sky gondola between Whistler and Blackcomb Mountain, before driving back to Vancouver.

Vancouver: Stawamus Chief Hike and Local Brewery Tasting

5. Vancouver: Stawamus Chief Hike and Local Brewery Tasting

Head off on a scenic hike at your own pace and prepare for wonderful vistas over the entire area. End the experience with a guided tasting at a local brewery. Benefit from hotel pickup and drop-off. If you are an avid hiker, this is a must on your bucket list. The hike rewards you with a magnificent view of Squamish, Howe Sound, and the surrounding coastal mountains. Although the day is guided starting with hotel pickup, summiting is self-guided so you can go at your own pace. The hike will take you to the first peak, which is the most popular summit. It can be reached in about an hour to an hour and a half. The first section of the hike starts with the wooden stairs and that's where the challenge begins. After reaching a junction to the first peak, you will encounter some fun features designed to assist you in getting up the rock surface, including a metal ladder and ropes. Prepare to sweat and get your heart pumping, but when you reach the summit, it will all be worth it. Of course, your hard work deserves a reward, which is why after the hike you will be taken to a local favorite brewery to celebrate with a tasting.

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What people are saying about Squamish

Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 4 reviews

Excellent experience! You get a full day of sightseeing. The tour would be tailored to your preferences, needs and interests. Lots of stops throughout the trip, many places of interest to see including some hidden gems for great photography shots. Our tour guide was very pleasant, easy-going and knowledgeable about the area and history making for a very enjoyable day! Our transport minivan was spacious, comfortable and well kept. I truly recommend this activity (or others the provider is offering) for small groups but even couples as in our case.

It was an all-round successful tour. Our guide Ian was great and not only entertained us with lots of information and funny stories, but also showed us a lot and made every effort to keep the day in good memory. I highly recommend the tour. Besides the Shannon Waterfall, the Sea to Sky Gondola and Whistler, we also saw bears and beautiful viewpoints. Thanks to Ian!

We thoroughly enjoyed our trip to Whistler and also the sea to sky gondola on April 8th 2022. Our guide, Ben, was fantastic & shared a wealth of information along the route. We felt he went out of his way to make sure we got the most out of our trip. Our journey home was relaxed listening to Ben's playlist of Canadian singers. Very enjoyable trip.

Ian was a very knowledgeable and entertaining guide. He was very flexible with our family interests and needs. I would highly recommend this tour! Ian is very funny and did an amazing job weaving in stories from the First Nations people to provide a fulsome picture of the region. It’s a great way to learn about the area while enjoying nature.

Ian , the tour guide was very helpful, experienced . The tour was organized perfectly. Great first class service, reliable, helpful and friendly -would recommend and definitely use again