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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 day trip 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, enjoy free time to explore the downtown shops, cafes, the Whistler Blackcomb Ski Resort, or 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.

Britannia Mine Museum Admission, Tour and BOOM! Experience

4. 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.

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.

Squamish: Wet and Wild Elaho Exhilarator Rafting Experience

6. 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.

From Vancouver: Whistler and Shannon Falls Private Day Trip

7. 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.

Private Tour to Whistler

8. 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. 

Vancouver: Full-Day Whistler Private Tour

9. 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.

Between Vancouver & Whistler: Smartphone Audio Driving Tour

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Squamish

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4.7 / 5

based on 402 reviews

Absolutely brilliant trip. Lesley our tour guide was funny and told us lots of useful information and history of Vancouver as we were travelling. The coach was comfortable and we had a few coffee breaks on the way which all had toilet facilities. We would definitely recommend

Great way to see Squamish & Whistler without renting a car & having to drive yourself. Andy did a great job informing us of a ll the sights along the way & was very helpful with things to do & see. Great value for the price!

Wonderful guides. One took my kids to the top of The Chief and the other went 1/3 of the way up with me and my partner ( as much as I could handle) and then took us to hike around Alice Lake, which was gorgeous.

Very cool experience! I wish I could have a bit more time at Whistler village!

Informative, good use of time & fantastic destinations. Tour guide was fab