Between Vancouver’s North Shore and the ski resort of Whistler lies the Sea to Sky Highway which is one of the most beautiful drives in the region.
On a sunny day the views are comparable to some of the best in the world.
The Sea to Sky Region and Highway
- Alice Lake – a popular provincial park for camping, canoeing and just walking around. It’s located just past Squamish.
- Britannia Mine – a great copper mine museum and historic site. At the attraction you can practice gold panning, go on a tour of the underground tunnels, watch a show and learn about mining and the region’s mining-related past.
- Murrin Provincial Park – a small park with a tiny lake, hiking trails and rock climbing areas between Britannia Beach and Squamish.
- Porteau Cove – a provincial park for camping, picnics and admiring the views from. It’s a nice place to stay overnight, but also for short breaks. The park is also popular with scuba divers.
- Shannon Falls – a small provincial park with a waterfall and walking trails. This is a popular spot for short visits. The waterfall is impressive and the walk to get there from the parking lot isn’t too far.
- Stawamus Chief – a fairly serious place for hiking and mountain climbing. This provincial park also has a campground. From the top of the mountain the views of Howe Sound and the surrounding area are amazing.
- Sea to Sky Gondola – an attraction for mountain sightseeing. As of the summer of 2020, it costs about $60 for an adult on a weekend. The gondola takes you to top of the mountain. From there you can enjoy the views, walking trails, gift shop and restaurant/pub.
- West Coast Railway Heritage Park – a train museum in Squamish. The place has real train cars you can go into as well as a few historical buildings.
The main community in the Sea to Sky region is Squamish – the “Outdoor Recreation Capital of Canada”.
If you like golf, two of the Lower Mainland’s best golf courses include Furry Creek Golf and Country Club (at 150 Country Club Road in Furry Creek up the Sea-to-Sky Highway) and the Fairmont Chateau Whistler Golf Resort (at 4612 Blackcomb Way in Whistler).
Tips and Advice
Below are some suggestions to help you make the most out of your trip to the Sea to Sky region.
TIP #1: Take the drive on a sunny day if you can. On a day with bright blue skies, the scenery is absolutely stunning. On a cloudy day though, when the mountains and far off islands are hidden, it’s just a big windy highway.
TIP #2: Drive carefully – it’s a curvy highway and can be slippery when wet or below freezing. If heading to Whistler in the winter, make sure you have good winter tires.
TIP #3: Top free places to visit in the area are Alice Lake, Porteau Cove and Shannon Falls. All are provincial parks that are nice to explore and include short walks. Stawamus Chief is the same, but with more serious hikes, plus rock climbing opportunities for serious outdoors people.
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