Welcome to Sea To Sky Highway
Otherwise known as Hwy 99, this breathtakingly picturesque cliffside roadway links a string of communities between West Vancouver and Lillooet and is the main route to Squamish and Whistler from Metro Vancouver. Upgraded in recent years, the winding road has several worthwhile stops – especially if you're an outdoor activity fan, history buff or lover of British Columbia's eye-poppingly scenic vistas
Top experiences in Sea To Sky Highway
Sea To Sky Highway activities
Private Tour: Whistler Day Trip from Vancouver
In this case, getting there is half the fun. Your private Whistler adventure starts with a drive across the famous Lions Gate bridge and onto the Sea to Sky Highway. Hugging the side of the coastal mountains and overlooking the Howe Sound, the drive is worth the trip all by itself. After stopping at Shannon Falls and Brandywine Falls you'll arrive at Whistler in time for a leisurely lunch. After lunch, enjoy some free time to explore Whistler village or visit the top of the ski area via the high speed gondola (extra fee for gondola). When you are ready, the tour will take a leisurely return drive into the sunset arriving back in Vancouver in the early evening. Please note: A minimum of two people per booking is required for this private Whistler tour.
Sea-to-Sky Highway Day Trip from Vancouver: Shannon Falls, Britannia Mine and Gondola Ride
Your day trip starts with pickup (from select hotels only) by comfortable coach for the drive north of Vancouver along the Sea to Sky Highway, a stretch of Highway 99 known for its scenic location between Howe Sound and the coastal mountains. Travel about 36 miles (58 km) along the highway to Shannon Falls Provincial Park, just south of the town of Squamish, passing through the coastal village of Horseshoe Bay along the way. When you reach Shannon Falls, the third-highest waterfall in British Columbia at 1,100 feet (335 meters), take a 10-minute walk through the forest to a lookout deck where you can feel the spray of the gushing waters that fall over the cliffs. Then head just a couple of minutes up the road to the base of the Sea to Sky Gondola, where a 10-minute ride will take you 2,900 feet (885 meters) above sea level. During the ride, enjoy panoramic views of Howe Sound, Shannon Falls, the mountains and the lush coastal forest. When you get to the top, you have free time to take advantage of whichever amenities you wish: explore two different walking trails that lead to amazing viewpoints; check out the dizzying, 328-foot-long (100-meter) Sky Pilot Suspension Bridge; get a drink or something to eat at the Summit Restaurant and Edge Bar (own expense); or just relax and soak up the views from the Summit Lodge. Ride the gondola down to your coach to continue your day trip to your last stop, the Britannia Mine Museum, about 10 minutes back down the highway toward Vancouver. Located in the sleepy community of Britannia Beach, the now-defunct copper mine dates back to the late 1800s and is today a museum and National Historic Site. During your tour of the mine, go panning for gold and ride a mining car into the old mine. Learn about the history and importance of mining in British Columbia through the museum’s exhibits and underground tour, during which a museum guide will operate your mining car and provide commentary.Your day trip ends with the drive back to Vancouver.Please note: You must include hotel information at checkout and call tour operator ahead to confirm
Sea to Sky Gondola Ticket
Start your Squamish sea-to-sky journey at the gondola’s Basecamp, where there’s a café, a children’s play area and a shop. Step into the Sea to Sky Gondola and prepare to be wowed by the views. Soar 2,900 feet (880 m) above sea level to the top of the mountain and have your camera ready for the views. See the magnificent Howe Sound fjord, Shannon Falls and the huge Squamish Chief Mountain on the way up, and gawk at the coniferous forest covering the mountains in the the surrounding area. Once at the top, take your time strolling across the Sky Pilot suspension bridge, a 330-foot (100-m) span offering 360-degree views of the mountains and fjord below. Can’t get enough of the views? Linger on the 5,000-square-foot (465-square-meter) viewing platform for even better views. And if all that sightseeing builds up an appetite, stop at the Summit Lodge Restaurant or the Summit Tea House for a snack (own expense) before making the descent in the gondola.
Britannia Mine Museum General Admission
While visiting Vancouver or Whistler, the Britannia Mine Museum is an attraction that shouldn't be missed. The Britannia Mine Museum is a National Historic Site and an award-winning museum, located on the Sea-to-Sky Highway between Vancouver and Whistler. Britannia Mine was once the largest copper mine in the British Empire. Today, the Britannia Mine Museum opens up the little-seen yet fascinating world of the historical mine industry.Explore the numerous educational exhibits, films, displays and hands-on activities within the state-of-the-art museum. Then, just like miners did, climb aboard a mine train and rumble into a real mine tunnel. Your knowledgeable guide will transport you into the past; many of the guides actually worked at the mines before they closed in the 1970s!Get a first-hand look at the history of mining as you discover the inner workings of the massive mill building, once the heartbeat of the Britannia community and today one of the last remaining gravity- fed mills in North America. After, learn how to mine gold at the gold-panning station and then take home the treasures you find!
Sea to Sky Gondola Shuttle Package
Start your Sea to Sky experience at one of the centrally located pickup locations. The shuttle picks guests up at 9:30am at Hyatt Hotel (Melville Street entrance), 9:45am at Library Square (corner of Robson and Homer Streets) and 10am at Canada Place (right out the front). You will travel though Stanley Park and over the Lions Gate Bridge on your way to the Sea to Sky Highway, a breathtaking scenic drive with Howe Sound on one side and the towering Coastal Mountain range on the other. The Sea to Sky Gondola is located 40 kilometres (65 miles) north of Vancouver. The drive will take approximately 45 minutes from Vancouver depending on the traffic conditions. On arrival at the Sea to Sky Gondola, the shuttle driver will escort you to the Guest Services desk where you will receive your lift ticket. Get ready to soar 2,900 feet (880 m) above sea level to the top of the mountain and have your camera ready for the views. See the magnificent Howe Sound fjord, Shannon Falls and the huge Squamish Chief Mountain on the way up. Take in the inspiring views of the never ending coniferous forest covering the mountains in the the surrounding area. Once at the top, take your time strolling across the Sky Pilot suspension bridge, a 330-foot (100-m) span offering 360-degree views of the mountains and Howe Sound below.Can’t get enough of the views? Linger on the 5,000-square-foot (465-square-meter) viewing platform for even better views. And when all that sightseeing builds up an appetite, stop at the Summit Lodge Restaurant for lunch before making the descent in the gondola. You will have approximately 4 hours at the summit of the Sea to Sky Gondola to explore the cantilevered lookout platforms, the graded, wheel chair friendly trails and the magnificent views.
Squamish Ultimate White-Water Rafting
Start at the Executive Suites Hotel and Resort in Squamish, where you'll meet your guides and get outfitted with everything you need for rafting: wetsuit, booties, jacket and helmet. From there, board the bus for the drive out to the launch spot in beautiful Squamish Valley. At the river's edge, your guides will give you the run-down of rafting rules, techniques and safety procedures, teaching you the skills necessary to maneuver through exciting Class III-IV rapids. Hop in your raft and begin paddling down the Elaho River. You'll spend about 3 hours on the water and travel approximately 13 miles (20 km) of British Columbia’s most inspiring wilderness. See old-growth forests, dormant volcanoes, towering glaciers and stunning waterfalls that cascade hundreds of feet towards the river. If you’re lucky, you may catch sight of wildlife such as deer, beavers and bears, which often stop by the river’s edge.After a snack and drink on the water, fun games with the guides, and exciting rapids, re-board the bus and head back to the hotel, where you can change before heading up to the restaurant to unwind. While you enjoy a complimentary snack and take a look at the photos from the day, you have the opportunity to purchase beverages or a meal with the 'Rafter's Discount.'