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From Vancouver: Sea to Sky Gondola and Whistler Tour

1. 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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Between Vancouver & Whistler: Smartphone Audio Driving Tour

2. 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: Gondola Tour to Squamish

3. 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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Vancouver to Whistler and Peak2Peak Gondola Tour

4. 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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From Vancouver: British Columbia Coastline Day Trip

5. From Vancouver: British Columbia Coastline Day Trip

Depart from Vancouver and make your way along some of British Columbia’s most rugged coastlines. Stop at Horseshoe Bay and take in the fresh ocean air. Explore the seaside village before heading to your next stop. Continue the journey north along Howe Sound. Take a 10-minute gondola ride in the Sea to Sky Gondola at Habrich Bridge. Enjoy views of the coastal rainforest, Howe Sound, and the neighboring mountains. Walk to Shannon Falls. Shannon Falls is the third highest waterfall in British Columbia at 335 meters. Comprised of a series of cliffs, Shannon Falls is truly a sight to behold. Make your way back down the mountain and travel south along a scenic railway. Stop at the Britannia Mine Museum. Britannia Mine Museum is a historic site that offers guided mine tours, gold panning, and an expanse of exhibits exploring British Columbia’s mining history. Head back to Downtown Vancouver where your tour will come to an end in the late afternoon.

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What people are saying about Squamish

Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 2 reviews

Perfect way to spend the day!

This was a last minute booking with no research while coming in on our cruise ship. We were finishing our cruise at 10 AM and did not have a flight out until almost midnight. I attempted to book through the cruise line and they were booked up. Looking back this was lady luck smiling on our group as this tour was 100% better than the canned cruise ship tours. Gabi was on-time and arrived with a nice, clean and new, Mercedes Sprinter van. We had the itinerary for the tour and Gabi then modified this to fit out timeline and interests. We hit all the highlights to include Shannon Falls, Sea to Sky Gondola, cute Horseshoe bay marina, a downtown tour and the amazing Stanley Park. We then did some home/property sightseeing and went to the public market (take at least two hours for here, grab lunch or dinner). Great tour and an amazing guide!

This is a great idea and I think it could work very well. I like the way it was setup but I felt there could have been even more information on the tour.

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

Our guide was awesome: Very knowledgeable and informative!

We loved our tour, never a dull moment! Took us everywhere we wanted to go. We have FUN!!

Great tour

More than we expected and a good commentary fromJohn our driver