In British Columbia, your outlook can change dramatically in one short road trip thanks to the Sea-to-Sky Highway.
In British Columbia, your outlook can change dramatically in one short road trip thanks to the Sea-to-Sky Highway, which takes you along Highway 99 from seaside to mountaintop in approximately one hour.
Start your day driving through downtown Vancouver’s Stanley Park and head out over the Lions Gate Bridge.
From there, head west to Horseshoe Bay where you can rent a boat and do some fishing or sightseeing, or go on a sea safari, keeping an eye out for seals and eagles. Be sure to stop by the first cultural interpretive kiosk before hopping on Highway 99 toward Squamish.
As you cruise along the highway, make time for pit stops, such as at Britannia Beach and the Britannia Mine Museum national historic site, once the largest copper-producing mine in the British Commonwealth. While there, board a mining train and travel deep into an old mining tunnel for a trip back in time.
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Back above ground, continue your drive to Shannon Falls Provincial Park, home to the third highest falls in the province. Stop for a picnic and a view of the roaring, cascading water.
Refueled and refreshed, head to the Sea to Sky Gondola basecamp and climb aboard the gondola for a 10-minute ride that will transport you more than 2,900 feet above sea level. Stop to enjoy the jaw-dropping views on the Summit Lodge Viewing Deck, which looks out over Howe Sound and the coastal mountain range. For an even more thrilling view, head to the Chief Overlook Viewing Platform, which cantilevers over a sheer drop. Be sure to take advantage of the many activities this mountain playground offers — from an easy stroll along walking trails and free educational interpretive tours, to cliff-hanging rock climbs and rugged backcountry hiking.
If that’s not enough adrenaline packed into one day, the nearby Stawamus Chief Mountain awaits. One of the largest granite monoliths in the world, it’s a mecca for rock climbers. Hike to the top for remarkable views of Howe Sound.
Then it is on up the highway to Whistler! Choose between mountain biking, lake swimming, fine restaurants, and much more – including a ride in the sky on the PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola! Finally you climb into the gorgeous vistas around Pemberton to enjoy golfing, mountain biking, fishing, or – back to the sky – flightseeing!
While the landscape may change along your British Columbia road trip, the experience is consistently breathtaking.
Cross into the wild and explore British Columbia. Plan your journey at HelloBC.com/tripideas