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 Sea to Sky Highway and Howe Sound

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Journey Sea to Sky

The legendary Sea-to-Sky Highway travels from Vancouver to Whistler and beyond, along a glacial fjord and into the mountains, and is one of the most scenic drives in the province. From mountain biking, river rafting, hiking and rock climbing to spas, restaurants and golf, the towns of Squamish, Whistler and Pemberton - collectively known as the Sea-to-Sky Corridor - are top destinations for outdoor adventure and relaxation. And with so many sights and experiences along the way, a trip along the Sea to Sky is as much about the journey as the destination.

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Vancouver

Rated one of the world’s most liveable cities, Vancouver lies at the junction of mountains, ocean and rainforest. This diverse and evolving city is safe, clean and green, with a population that embraces the outdoor lifestyle. Stroll through the oasis that is Stanley Park, peruse the food stands and art galleries on Granville Island, enjoy the views from Grouse Mountain. Walk, cycle or jog the famous seawall. Explore historic neighbourhoods. Enjoy locally-inspired cuisine and explore the parks, beaches and attractions. 

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Cultural Journey on the Sea to Sky

The Sea to Sky corridor is a famously-scenic transportation route between Vancouver, Whistler and Pemberton, but for thousands of years it has been the traditional home to the Squamish and Lil’wat First Nations. While driving the corridor, watch for highway kiosks in the shape of traditional woven cedar-bark hats; these pullouts indicate areas of cultural significance and learning. Learn - from a First Nations perspective - local legends, traditions, place names and history. End the trip with a visit to the award-winning Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre in Whistler. 

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Sea to Sky Gondola

The Sea to Sky Gondola experience, weaves together the very essence of coastal BC mountains, oceans, rivers, forests, culture & year-round recreation.

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Britannia Mine Museum

Faces just seem to light up once the Britannia Mine Museum's underground train pulls out. Our underground guided tour introduces you to the joys, noise and stories of BC mining history and pioneers.

Go ahead and explore. Within the moder...

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Hike the Stawamus Chief

On the way to Whistler from Vancouver, the Sea to Sky Highway passes the sheer wall of the Stawamus Chief in Squamish. You’ll probably spot rock climbers on the face, but there’s an easier way up – take the steep but lovely trail that leads through lush forest to the top. Have a pair of rock climbing shoes? Squamish Rock Guides can show you the best routes.
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Squamish

Halfway between Vancouver and Whistler, this outdoor mecca hails itself ‘the outdoor recreation capitol of Canada.’  Here, the youthful population embrace the great outdoors with vigor – and with good reason. The massive granite Stawamus Chief overlooks the town and provides world-class rock climbing, or for those more inclined to stay vertical can watch the climbers from the patio at the Garibaldi Brewing Company. With epic mountain biking, camping, rafting, fishing and windsurfing, the town’s status as a recreation capital is well deserved.

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Sea to Sky Golf Courses

Along the Sea-to-Sky Highway, the famously challenging Furry Creek Golf & Country Club makes... Read more the most of its mountainside layout, elevation changes, and ocean views. Although every hole is memorable, the signature hole is the 14th; it hugs the water and plays onto a small peninsula jutting into the sea. Just up the road, the parkland layout at Squamish Valley Golf incorporates five lakes and follows the course of the Mamquam River. Wherever you play, make time for a pint at the Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Company in Squamish; the deck has great views of the Stawamus Chief, the iconic granite monolith looming over the town.

Shannon Falls

En route to Whistler, make a stop at Shannon Falls, where trails through the forest lead to one of Canada's highest waterfalls.
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Garibaldi Provincial Park

Garibaldi Provincial Park is a vast swathe of wilderness forming the backcountry to Whistler, BC’s famous year-round mountain resort. The park has five entrances along Highway 99 between Squamish and Pemberton, starting just one hour north of Vancouver, but Whistler, with so many dining and accommodation choices, makes an especially good base. Walk or mountain bike the gentle Cheakamus Lake Trail, an easy path meandering through old-growth forest to Cheakamus Lake. Come Fall, Cheakamus Lake’s colour intensifies to turquoise as silt from the glacial melt accumulates and reflects sunlight.
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Whistler

At the base of Whistler Resort’s twin mountains, Whistler and Blackcomb, is Whistler Village, a pedestrian-friendly resort town of shops, restaurants, pubs and galleries. Stroll the cobbled streets, watch street entertainers, and browse for everything from ski gear to handicrafts at some of Whistler’s 200 or so shops. Stop for a mountain-view patio lunch, and perhaps make time for a spa treatment or some gallery hopping. Check out the stunning Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre and catch an outdoor concert at Whistler Olympic Plaza.
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Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre

Winner of 2015 BC Cultural Centre of the Year, the Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre showcases Whistler's First Nations heritage through tours, singing, drumming, Aboriginal art, interactive and outdoor exhibits, crafts, food and film. The Centre f...
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PEAK 2 PEAK Alpine Experience

Spanning the distance between Whistler & Blackcomb Mountains, the world record-breaking PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola is a breathtaking, 4.4 km (2.7 mi) journey to infinite possibilities. It redefines the Whistler summer experience by creating limitless new...
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Pemberton

 The small town of Pemberton offers outdoor recreation with a folksy charm and a laid-back vibe. Located  20-minutes north of Whistler on the Sea-to-Sky Highwya, it offers a quiet counterpoint to bustling energy of North America’s finest all-season resort. When you stroll the main street you won’t find any chain stores or name-brand hotels, just an eclectic mix of funky restaurants, independent coffee shops and a people that exude a pride and sense of place. 

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North Arm Farm

A feast in the fields awaits at North Arm Farm! Pemberton has a long agricultural tradition: the local farmer’s market is a weekly staple for locals and tourists, and the annual Slow Food Cycle draws thousands of people to the rural farms for a taste of life in the slow lane.  Visit 60-acre North Arm Farm for a family farm experience. Tour (and taste) the blueberry, strawberry and raspberry fields – all grown organically. After touring the grounds grab a picnic basket and stock up at the bakery and deli, where fresh fruit pies, breads and salads are made daily.

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Windsurfing and Kiteboarding in Squamish

Thanks to a perfect balance of wind, water and land, Squamish, just south of Whistler, is a prime spot for windsurfing and kiteboarding. Nearby lakes are great for practice, while the Squamish Spit, where the Squamish River enters Howe Sound, has the best conditions for speed and high performance boarding.
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Getting Here and Around

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Getting to Whistler

The 90-minute trip on the Sea-to-Sky Highway from Vancouver to Whistle is one of the most scenic... Read more drives in the province.  Coaches and narrated tours run frequently from Vancouver and the Vancouver International Airport directly to Whistler Village. Or you can take the train: the Rocky Mountaineer’s Whistler Sea to Sky Climb leaves daily from May to September. Floatplanes are another option: Harbour Air can whisk you from downtown Vancouver to Whistler’s Green Lake in about 30 minutes. Even better, combine the train and plane for an unforgettable round trip. Once in Whistler, it’s easy to get around by foot, bus or bike.

Landsea Tours

Landsea Tours & Adventures provide half and full-day sightseeing excursions around Vancouver, Victoria, Whistler, Sea-to-Sky corridor and Vancouver's North Shore. Our highly trained, driver/guides host fun and informative tours conducted on our pr...
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Pacific Coach Lines

Pacific Coach offers daily, scheduled bus service from Vancouver International Airport (YVR) or Downtown Vancouver to Whistler Village. We also offer seasonal sightseeing tours from Vancouver to Victoria, packages, group and charter services inclu...
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Whistler Air

See the beauty that British Columbia has to offer from a bird's eye view. Travel between Whistler and Vancouver or Victoria, or take a tour from each of our locations. Whistler Village, coastal islands, ancient glaciers, high alpine lakes, we have...
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