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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.

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From Vancouver: Sea to Sky Gondola and Whistler Tour

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

Go on one of the must-do tours in British Columbia! Start the day hopping aboard a luxury coach, then sit back and enjoy the spectacular views and scenic stops that the Sea to Sky Tour has to offer. Along the journey to Whistler, you will come across panoramic ocean views, sky-high mountains, and glaciers as well as the opportunity to spot local wildlife. The first stop is in the city of Squamish, famous for its huge granite mountain called the Stawamus Chief. Once in Squamish, take a short ride up to the summit of the Sea to Sky Gondola (which reaches an impressive 885 meters (2,904 feet) above sea-level). At the top, take 1.5 hours to soak up sweeping views of the surrounding mountain ranges and the turquoise waters of Howe Sound. Take some photos, walk the suspension bridge, and enjoy a quick snack or drink. After departing Squamish, the next stop is the stunning 70-meter (230-foot) high waterfall Brandywine Falls, located just a short 10-minute walk within the Provincial Park. Take in views of the waterfall or walk to a second viewing platform to view Daisy Lake and Black Tusk. Take an hour to soak up the spectacular sites and don't forget to keep an eye out for the rare red-tailed frog. Continue north along the Sea to Sky highway to the world-famous Whistler Village, a charming pedestrian-only village with something for everyone. Enjoy 4 hours to explore year-round cafes and world-class restaurants or shopping. Feeling more adventurous? Try zip-lining, rafting, a bicycle ride or the record-setting Peak to Peak Gondola which holds the world record for being the longest and highest gondola!  This tour can be combined with an overnight hotel stay (additional costs apply) at some of the top hotels in British Columbia with the option of coming back to Vancouver on another day. If returning on the same day, take in the gorgeous sunset along the way back down the Sea to Sky corridor. Arriving at approximately 8:00 PM, you will be dropped at one of the four drop-off hotels.

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Vancouver: Full-Day Whistler Private Tour

3. 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.

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From Vancouver: Whistler Day Trip with Guided Village Tour

4. From Vancouver: Whistler Day Trip with Guided Village Tour

Discover Whistler’s year-round sightseeing attractions and adventure options on a day trip from Vancouver. Get taken off the beaten path to enjoy some hikes and sights less known by visitors but frequented by locals. After pickup at 1 of the 2 meeting points in Vancouver, drive to Whistler, enjoying scenic stops along the Sea-to-Sky highway on the way. Upon arrival, receive a guided tour of Whistler Village. Next, join your guide on a walk to discover Lost Lake and/or participate in an optional activity such as bungee jumping or zip trekking. Enjoy free time to explore the village further or experience the breathtaking views, great hiking trails, and new suspension bridge of the Whistler Gondola and Peak 2 Peak. With so much to choose from, your guide will be there to help you plan and optimize your Whistler experience. At the end of the day, you’ll return to Vancouver. 

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Between Vancouver & Whistler: Smartphone Audio Driving Tour

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

6. 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 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.

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Family-Friendly Cheakamus Splash

7. 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.

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Vancouver: Gondola Tour to Squamish

8. 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.

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Squamish: Wet and Wild Elaho Exhilarator Rafting Experience

9. 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.

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Vancouver to Whistler and Peak2Peak Gondola Tour

10. Vancouver to Whistler and Peak2Peak Gondola Tour

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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Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 129 reviews

Great day on the whitewater near Squamish!! We're from Winnipeg and had a blast crashing through the Class 3 and 4 rapids!! Our guide Jacob from New Zealand was full of energy and knowledge of the area kept the boat fully charged the whole way!! Got to try swimming in the rapids, standing on the front bow of the raft while the team spun the raft in both directions to see who could stand the longest, got to try rowing the boat from the guide's seat ... it was a day we'll never forget!! Thanks for a great fun-filled day!!

Everything from the beautiful scenery to the incredible guides was top notch! The crew was extremely friendly, knowledgeable, and welcoming. Couldn’t have asked for a better day. Can’t wait to go again!

Excellent views! Well maintained and operated from the gondola to the trails, restaurant and washrooms. Our family of four was impressed and had an enjoyable experience.

Was awesome! Ian was the best guide tour ever ! Very funny and he knows about all the places we went. Highly recommended

Gabby was the best guide! Very knowledgeable and made it the best day! Highly recommend the tour and Gabby!