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From Vancouver: Sea to Sky Gondola and Whistler Tour

1. 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.

Britannia Mine Museum Admission, Tour and BOOM! Experience

2. 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.

From Vancouver: British Columbia Coastline Day Trip

3. 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.

Between Vancouver & Whistler: Smartphone Audio Driving Tour

4. Between Vancouver & Whistler: Smartphone Audio Driving Tour

Follow your audio tour guide along Highway 99, one of the most scenic drives in British Columbia. Start anywhere along the route between Vancouver and Whistler. The tour experience is the same in any direction. Learn about the Lions Bay Search and Rescue team. Discover the beauty of Stawamus Chief Mountain. Hear about the Strait of Georgia and other sights at your own pace.  With no time constraints, enjoy the freedom to stop anywhere and take your time exploring. Fun audio clips will play automatically as you drive, using a live GPS map. No data is used during the tour. This tour is easy to navigate and all ages will be entertained. This audio guide will keep you and your family laughing and engaged along the way with trivia fun. Each point of interest along the way has a fun multiple-choice trivia question about the sights. Keep score or just listen.

Vancouver: Gondola Tour to Squamish

5. Vancouver: Gondola Tour to Squamish

This tour will start from downtown Vancouver. Enjoy an overview of the downtown's most visited spots. China town, Historic Gastown and the majestic Stanley Park. You will also stop for about one hour to Granville Island Public Market. After that cross over the Lions Gate bridge and head to Vancouver's north shore. The first stop is Cypress Mountain Outlook followed by Horseshoe Bay. You will continue the drive on Sea to Sky all the way to Shannon Falls. After the falls take the Sea to sky Gondola for stunning views from the Chief Mountain (admission not included). Stop for photographic views from Squamish Marina overlooking the Stawamus Chief and Porteau Cove on your return to Vancouver. The tour will end at your hotel or anywhere else in Vancouver you prefer.

Private Tour to Whistler

6. Private Tour to Whistler

Starting from your hotel, you will take a trip first to the beautiful 1000 acres Stanley Park and the Totem Poles and a skyline view over the highrises from the coal harbor area. Afterwards, continue the drive for 90min on the beautiful scenic Sea to Sky Highway – Stop at Shannon Falls in Squamish –  and take the newest Cable Gondola Sea to Sky and explore nature from a suspended bridge and three viewing decks (admission not included). In Whistler Village you will have 3 hours of free time to explore. You can visit Squamish Lil’wat Cutural Museum (admission not included). For a true experience you will have an opportunity to ride on thePeak 2 Peak Gondola (admission not included). On the way back you’ll make a couple more scenic views at Tantalus Point of view and Porteau Cove Park. Return to Vancouver at around 6 pm. 

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What people are saying about Squamish

Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 2 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.

Our guide, a gentleman named Brent was professional, well informed and kind. He really made the trip interesting and worthwhile. Great driver.

It was a long day but so fun. Lots of amazing hiking trails so be ready with a good pair of running shoes.

Very good excursion enough time to see everything the driver was entertaining and very friendly

We really enjoyed the experience! Excellent tour guide, fun and full of great information.