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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.

Vancouver: Sea to Sky Gondola and Whistler Day Trip

2. Vancouver: Sea to Sky Gondola and Whistler Day Trip

Ride the Sea to Sky Gondola, explore Whistler Village and admire the natural wonders in between on this 10-hour adventure that departs from Vancouver. Feel in awe of the ever-changing landscapes along the Sea to Sky Highway. There will be a pit stop to marvel at the 335-meter-high Shannon Falls. Ride the famous Sea to Sky Gondola in Squamish, an outdoor paradise for climbers and backcountry adventurers. The gondola takes you to Habrich Ridge, where you will have 90 minutes to take in breathtaking views of the mountains, coastal rainforest, and network of inlets of Howe Sound. Pass the quaint town of Squamish and the Tantalus Glacier while continuing the journey to Whistler. Once there, spend an afternoon exploring downtown shops and cafes. Located at the base of Whistler Blackcomb Ski Resort, home of the 2010 Olympics, you will be able to take advantage of the surrounding hiking trails.

From Vancouver: Sea to Sky Gondola and Whistler Tour

3. From Vancouver: Sea to Sky Gondola and Whistler Tour

Set off from Vancouver aboard a luxury coach on a journey to Whistler. Take in panoramic views of the ocean, sky-high mountains, and glaciers. Enjoy the special opportunity to spot local wildlife. The first stop is Shannon Falls, the third-highest waterfall in BC, where water cascades over a series of cliffs from a height of 335 meters (1,099 feet). There are two viewing platforms for the falls just a short walk from the parking lot. The next stop is the Sea to Sky Gondola just south of Squamish. Take a short ride up to the summit (an impressive 885 meters above sea-level). Enjoy time to grab a bite to eat, hike the trails, and enjoy the sweeping views of the surrounding mountain ranges and the turquoise waters of Howe Sound. From there, continue north along the Sea to Sky highway to the world-famous Whistler Village. The charming pedestrian-only village has something to offer everyone. Take 4 hours to explore world-class restaurants and shopping or just wander through the village. Watch the sunset on your way back to Vancouver.

Squamish: Wet and Wild Elaho Exhilarator Rafting Experience

4. Squamish: Wet and Wild Elaho Exhilarator Rafting Experience

Whether you’re a thrill seeking adventure junkie or just trying to get away from the stress of everyday life and back to nature, this super exciting rafting trip, the Wet & Wild Elaho Exhilarator, has everything you’ll need to recharge your batteries.  It's one of the most popular rafting adventures here.   The talented team of professional river guides will teach you the skills necessary to ride big waves and catch air as you navigate down the Class 3-4 Elaho and Squamish Rivers. Your courage will be tested as you travel through the infamous “Devil’s Elbow” section of the rapids, as seen on TV’s famous "Eco-Challenge Adventure Race". Depending on the water levels, you’ll also be able to swim through some small rapids and enjoy a few laughs as your crewmates scramble to stay on board. Along with some of North America’s most exhilarating rapids, your river journey will take you through approximately 10 miles of British Columbia’s most inspiring wilderness. Take time to appreciate your surroundings and enjoy the world-class scenery including old growth forests, dormant volcanoes, towering glaciers, and stunning waterfalls that cascade hundreds of feet toward the river. If you’re really lucky you’ll get a glimpse of the local deer, beavers, and bears which often stop by the river’s edge. This is white water rafting at its best!   After the trip, you'll be taken back to the fully-equipped rafting base at the Executive Suites Hotel & Resort where you can enjoy the facilities at the resort, including a full service restaurant and awesome fully-licensed outdoor patio area. Relax, check out the photos and GoPro videos shot on the trip, and enjoy the beautiful sunshine and comfort of the resort.

Family-Friendly Cheakamus Splash

5. Family-Friendly Cheakamus Splash

Enjoy a half-day rafting trip that features small splashy rapids, outstanding scenery and lots of laughs. It’s an ideal outdoor activity for families, children, seniors, and anyone looking for a gentle and fun scenic rafting adventure. As you raft down the glacier-fed Cheakamus River between old growth forests, you’ll experience the excitement of gentle rapids and see a variety of birds, wildlife, waterfalls, and the towering peaks of the Coast Mountains. Learn about the intriguing Squamish First Nations history, a key part of the history of the area. There will also be a water fight for the kids. Perfect the art of splashing others and get a chance to cool off with a quick dip in the pure, glacier-fed water. When your river journey ends, you will be taken back to the fully equipped rafting base where you can change back into your own clothes and enjoy the facilities at the resort including a full service restaurant and awesome fully-licensed outdoor patio area. Relax with your family and friends in the beautiful sunshine and comfort of the resort, and check out the photos and videos shot on your trip.

Britannia Mine Museum Admission, Tour and BOOM! Experience

6. Britannia Mine Museum Admission, Tour and BOOM! Experience

Britannia Mine Museum opens up a little-seen world that fascinates all ages, turning out awe-inspiring sights and memorable family experiences. Explore 10 acres of historic buildings and artifacts, rumble aboard the underground train as it rolls into authentic mining tunnels, and discover BOOM!, a live-action experience in the historic mill. After entering the site, take a tour with an informative but informal tour guide sharing fun facts about mining, history, and life at Britannia. Learn and engage with interactive exhibits, and push up your sleeves and try out the Gold Panning Pavilion where you can keep what you find. Delight in BOOM!, the greatest show under the earth. Get an introduction to the story, sights, and sounds behind the architectural marvel with an immersive live-action experience inside Mill 3. The experience involves multiple screens, over thirty speakers, and physical and special effects that bring all the stories of the historic mill rumbling back to life.

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

7. 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.

From Vancouver: Whistler Village and PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola

8. From Vancouver: Whistler Village and PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola

Spend the day in Whistler on this day trip from Vancouver. Visit Shannon Falls and Whistler Village. Join the optional tour of Whistler Village or explore on your own. Finish the day trip with a ride on the PEAK 2 PEAK gondola. Meet your driver in Vancouver and relax as you drive along the Sea to Sky Highway towards Whistler. The first stop is Shannon Falls, where you can stand below and feel the mist of the thundering water. Continue the journey north to Whistler Resort, join an optional tour of Whistler Village or spend free time in the village on your own. See some of Whistler Village's galleries and shops or relax on the patio of one of the village's restaurants. Make your way to the PEAK 2 PEAK gondola at your own pace. Board the gondola, and enjoy views of mountains, volcanic peaks, and glaciers. The gondola spans the distance between Whistler and the Blackcomb Mountains, providing a bird's eye view of British Columbia. After the gondola ride, return to Whistler Village to relax at a mountain resort before heading back down the Sea to Sky highway to Vancouver.

Squamish River: Scenic Twilight Float

9. Squamish River: Scenic Twilight Float

Take part in an ideal outdoor evening activity for families, children, seniors, and anyone looking for an exciting outing full of breathtaking scenery. The Squamish Scenic Twilight Float is a family friendly rafting float trip that features views of picturesque natural landscapes, wildlife sightings, and lots of laughs shared under the setting sun. Travel through the lower Squamish River and surrender to the relaxing flow of the water whilst admiring the breathtaking scenery of the Stawamus Chief, Shannon Falls, Mount Garibaldi, and the Coast Mountains of British Columbia. Witness a view of all these incredible natural occurring landmarks from the unique position of your float. Enjoy an evening with your family, friends and nature during this idyllic scenic interpretive float and learn about the world renowned Squamish Valley and its local wildlife as dusk settles over the Coastal Mountains.

From Vancouver: British Columbia Coastline Day Trip

10. From Vancouver: British Columbia Coastline Day Trip

Depart from Vancouver and make your way along some of British Columbia’s most rugged coastlines. Stop at Horseshoe Bay and take in the fresh ocean air. Explore the seaside village before heading to your next stop. Continue the journey north along Howe Sound. Take a 10-minute gondola ride in the Sea to Sky Gondola at Habrich Bridge. Enjoy views of the coastal rainforest, Howe Sound, and the neighboring mountains. Walk to Shannon Falls. Shannon Falls is the third highest waterfall in British Columbia at 335 meters. Comprised of a series of cliffs, Shannon Falls is truly a sight to behold. Make your way back down the mountain and travel south along a scenic railway. Stop at the Britannia Mine Museum. Britannia Mine Museum is a historic site that offers guided mine tours, gold panning, and an expanse of exhibits exploring British Columbia’s mining history. Head back to Downtown Vancouver where your tour will come to an end in the late afternoon.

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What people are saying about Squamish

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 280 reviews

Bus driver was great narrating interesting and educational items. Shannon Falls and the Gondola ride was breathtaking. Whistler Village was a bit too long of a stay so we ended up renting bikes and riding around for 2 1/2 hours. Seeing the lakes was fun. Wish we would have known we would have time to take a dip in one of the lakes so we would have brought our swimsuits along. It was a hot and humid day so we would have enjoyed the refreshing cool lake water.

Brilliant trip. From the ease and courtesy of the Vancouver pickup to the skill and professionalism of every part of the team, this was the best activity we did on our holiday. Exhilarating rafting through spectacular scenery - just perfect.

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.

Fantastic activity. Professionally run with a personal touch from start to finish. Would highly recommend and worth every penny.

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