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Squamish: Sea to Sky Gondola Admission Ticket

1. Squamish: Sea to Sky Gondola Admission Ticket

Enjoy a gondola ride up to the summit and take in the sweeping views of Howe Sound, the majestic coastal forest, and surrounding mountains. Every gondola cabin has a maximum capacity of 8 passengers. The gondolas are wheelchair and stroller accessible. The ride up and down is a thrilling adventure for all ages and provides new views of Shannon Falls and the famous Stawamus Chief climbing area. Once at the top, many other adventures await. You will have access to a wide array of outdoor experiences, including two different interpretive loop walking trails with cantilevered viewing platforms, the spectacular Sky Pilot Suspension Bridge, numerous hiking trails, rock climbing, access trails to backcountry routes, and much more.

From Vancouver: Full-Day Whistler and Shannon Falls Tour

2. From Vancouver: Full-Day Whistler and Shannon Falls Tour

This 10.5-hour tour is the best way to explore the road to the 2010 Winter Olympics and the resort town of Whistler. You will begin the tour from Vancouver and travel to Whistler through the "Sea-to-Sky Highway." On the way you will pass 7,000-foot high mountains, the third highest waterfall in British Columbia, and the second largest granite monolith in the world. The award-winning tour guide will bring your tour to life with fascinating stories about the history of the area and current events. On this full-day tour you will stop at Shannon Falls and have free time in Whistler. Explore the majestic Whistler Village and browse through the quaint village shops. You can also hike at the base of the beautiful Shannon Falls, walk along forest trails, or just relax and enjoy the breathtaking mountain scenery.

Canadian Rockies: Helicopter Flight with Exploration Hike

3. Canadian Rockies: Helicopter Flight with Exploration Hike

Get ready for an awe-inspiring experience of the Rocky Mountain with this scenic helicopter flight and hiking tour. See the Rockies from a bird's-eye view. Admire the stunning views of the mountains, lakes, and glaciers from above. Then explore the region’s natural beauty on foot. Choose from a 20, 30, or 55-minute scenic flight. Each option includes incredible panoramas of waterfalls, emerald-green lakes, and mountain ridges. With the 55-minute flight, approach the Columbia Icefield, the largest expanse of ice in the Rocky Mountains. After the flight, land at the confluence of the Cline River and Waterfalls Creek. Continue to explore the wild beauty of this region on foot, hiking to the Twin Falls waterfall. Then climb back on board the helicopter and fly back to the heliport, enjoying the fantastic views of Abraham Lake.

Banff National Park: Guided Signature Hikes with Lunch

4. Banff National Park: Guided Signature Hikes with Lunch

After being picked up you up from your Banff hotel in a modern minibus by your friendly guide, get ready for a day of exploring the backcountry of Banff National Park on foot. Your guide will give you an introduction to Banff National Park and today's hike as you head towards the trailhead. Choose between 4 hiking routes representing the best trails in Banff: Sundays & Thursdays - Hike to Stanley Glacier; Mondays & Saturdays - Hike to Larch Valley; Tuesdays - Hike to Consolation Lakes; Wednesdays & Fridays - Hike to the Plain of Six Glaciers. Hike to Stanley Glacier Journey through a land sculpted by fire and ice in Kootenay National Park. The trail switchbacks moderately for the first half of the hike, through regrowth from the most recent fire, allowing for unparalleled views down over Vermillion Pass back to Castle Mountain. Follow the trail between sheer towering walls of Mount Stanley and Storm Mountain until you leave the forest behind to emerge in a land of ice and rock where you may even find some fossils. Be treated to views of Stanley Glacier creeping down the side of Mt. Stanley towards the valley bottom. Rated: Moderate; Hiking time: 3-4 hours; Return distance: 8.4kms (5.25 miles); elevation gain: 395m (1,285 ft). Hike to Larch Valley Trail restrictions due to bear activity make this an ideal hike to take with a guided group. Beginning from the Valley of the Ten Peaks at Moraine Lake, the trail climbs, really climbs, up 10 switchbacks to Larch Valley on a well-maintained trail. After reaching the Valley, the trail easily ambles through a larch forest and then begins to gain elevation again towards Sentinal Pass and the Minestimma Lakes. Towards the Pass, views of the Ten Peaks, Moraine Lake and gigantic Mt. Temple (3,543 m/11,625 ft) will complete your experience. Please note that this hike does not continue to the top of Sentinel Pass. Rated: Moderate; hiking time: 4-5 hours; distance: 9.0kms (5.6 miles); elevation gain: 535m (1,500 ft). Hike to Consolation Lakes This trail begins in the Valley of the Ten Peaks at stunning Moraine Lake. The drive alone to this location is worth it in itself. We’ll spend our time hiking leisurely to Consolation Lakes, and upon our return explore around Moraine Lake, including a trip to the top of the Rockpile. Due to bear restrictions, this is a great trip to do in a guided group. Rated: Easy; Hiking Time: 3-4 hours; return distance: 5.8kms (3.6 miles); elevation gain: 255m (837 ft). Hike to the Plain of Six Glaciers Your hike starts by the Lake Louise shoreline to the back of the lake before ascending up an ancient glacial valley. As you get higher, the colour of the lake becomes even more stunning and the crowds begin to disappear. Just past the Plain of Six Glaciers Teahouse you will be treated to views of the six glaciers feeding into the valley and Lake Louise, with cakes and tea served at the teahouse (optional). Rated: moderate; hiking time: 5 hours; distance: 10.6kms (6.6 miles); elevation Gain: 340m (1,100 feet)

Canmore: 3-Hour Canyons and Cave Paintings Hiking Tour

5. Canmore: 3-Hour Canyons and Cave Paintings Hiking Tour

Embark on a hiking tour by meeting your guide at the designated meeting point. From there, depart on a short 15-minute drive to the trailhead.  Explore the narrow-walled creek bed which twists and turns for many kilometers. Reach a fork in the creek bed as the smooth limestone walls get steeper and steeper. Head right to see a glistening waterfall.  Discover ancient, indigenous pictographs hidden in the cave walls and learn about the history that has almost been lost in time. The tour is offered in the summer and winter.  In the winter, ice cleats and hiking poles are supplied. Exploring the canyon in the winter is a very unique and rewarding experience. Go deep into the canyon with your ice cleats allowing you to go into more unexplored areas.

Whistler Mountain: Glacier Ascent Hike

6. Whistler Mountain: Glacier Ascent Hike

Don't miss this opportunity to spend a winter day hiking through the snowy Whistler area and up a glacier on Whistler Mountain. Learn basic techniques for ascending the glacier. Follow a guide who will teach you the best ways to move through the snow in order to stay safe and have a great time. Begin the tour by meeting your guide and group either at the top or bottom of the gondola, depending on the option selected. Gear up and listen closely as your guide instructs you on how to best ascend the glacier. Head off on a once-in-a-lifetime hiking experience. Take amazing pictures of the views during the hike, and learn about the history of glacier climbing. Depending on when you take the tour, you may slide down the snow or hike back down the glacier. Treat yourself to an authentic mountaineering adventure high above Canada.

Squamish: Guided Rock Climbing Adventure

7. Squamish: Guided Rock 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.

Whistler: Guided Wilderness Hike

8. Whistler: Guided Wilderness Hike

Experience the wonder and tranquility of the wilderness surrounding Whistler on a guided walking tour. Follow your guide to admire snow-capped mountains and densely wooded hiking trails. Protect your feet with the provided hiking boots. Choose a hiking options that meets your needs with group and private, and full-day and half-day tour options. Meet your guide at the conveniently-located meeting point in Whistler and begin your hiking adventure in the great outdoors. Uncover the secrets of the backcountry as you make your way through a network of hiking trails which feature iconic viewpoints where you can marvel at surreal turquoise lakes, majestic waterfalls, tapestries of wildflowers, meandering meadows, lush forests, and fascinating ecosystems. Escape into the wilderness with a guide that will help you to navigate smoothly to pristine lakes, hidden beaches, babbling creeks, cascading waterfalls, and geologically interesting landscapes. Capture stunning pictures to share. Return to your meeting point at the end of your hike.

Vancouver: Whistler Mountain Via Ferrata Climbing Experience

9. Vancouver: Whistler Mountain Via Ferrata Climbing Experience

Experience the heights of Vancouver's Whistler Mountain on a shared group or private tour. Arrive at base camp and ride up in a gondola to the alpine shop to start your climb via ferrata. Use rungs built into the rocks to reach the peak and take in stunning views. Make your way to the village base camp and climb into a gondola, watching the world below becoming smaller and smaller as you ascend towards the starting point of your climb. Step off the gondola and enter the local partner's alpine shop to learn about the special lanyard system that will allow you to climb Whistler with ease. Look up in awe at the peak and clip yourself onto the cable that leads up the rocks. Take it rung by rung until you reach the top of the mountain and reward yourself with unforgettable views of Garibaldi Provincial Park. On the way back, choose to follow a 3-kilometer hiking path or take a chairlift.

Whistler: Guided Glacier Discovery Hike

10. Whistler: Guided Glacier Discovery Hike

Explore the glacial snow and ice of the Horstman Glacier on this guided walking tour. Have fun sliding down the snow of this glacier in retreat on this tour that suitable for beginners. Enjoy the use of high-quality glacier gear and keep your feed nice and warm with the provided boots. Choose from group and private tour options that no not include a gondola ticket, or pick a group option which includes a gondola ride that will let you soar over the mountain peaks. Meet your guide and get outfitted with glacier travel gear, including boots, crampons, and an ice axe. Experience the emotion of walking across an alpine snow slope or a glacial moraine while approaching the Whistler Bowl and glacier. Enjoy the view of the 2,160-meter Whistler Peak while you ascend. Learn how the last ice age interacted with the terrain to form the beautiful coastal mountain ranges. Return to your meeting point at the end of your tour.

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5.0 / 5

based on 13 reviews

Breathtaking gondola ride. Awesome trails and suspension bridge a plus. A great day for a local from BC. Wish there was a price break for those of us from here but still an awesome experience. A must for sure.

Jake was informative and friendly. It was a good trail and it was amazing to see the indigenous cave paintings. Recommended

I really loved it, it was so beautiful, and I met some absolutely wonderful humans. I definitely recommend it.

Nice view from the top. Great for family with little kids and trails.

I love this experience. Thank you so much for everything.