Gear up for a great summer coastal adventure at the outdoor recreational towns of Whistler and Squamish. This world class resort area hums with visitors from around the world, but you can boast that this is all in your own backyard. Even if you have been before, new and exciting attractions await!
Summer is heating up in central British Columbia, so it’s the perfect time for a fun filled adventure to the cool coastal mountain region. The drive there is half the fun as we travel the scenic and windy Hwy 99 known as the Duffey Lake Road. From Lillooet, climb to the viewpoint above glacier blue Seton Lake, then along Cayoosh Canyon and Duffey Lake Provincial Park towards Pemberton. Arrive at the four season resort town of Whistler and check into the Listel Hotel for a three night stay. The hotel is located right in the village so you have easy access to all the incredible restaurants and shopping that the village has to offer. There are abundant trails nearby, some paved and some not, so take a stroll and enjoy the mountain air. (L)
Today we take a short drive south to Squamish, known as the Adventure Capital of Canada. Those who have driven the Sea to Sky Highway will recall the Stawamus Chief, a sheer rock face that challenges even expert rock climbers. Now you have the opportunity to journey to the top of this famous mountain on the Sea to Sky Gondola. Ride the gondola to almost 900 meters above sea level for unparalleled views of Howe Sounds and surrounding mountains. Visit the many viewing platforms, stroll the numerous trails, walk across Sky Pilot suspension bridge, and have lunch at the Summit Lodge. Next is the Britannia Mine Museum, now a National Historic Site. In operation for over 70 years, this was the largest copper mine in the British Empire and home to over 60,000 workers. Relive the life of a hard rock miner with a guided underground tour on board a mine train. This visit also includes the film “Groundbreaking”, touchscreen exhibits, displays of rare minerals, entrance into the massive mill, gift shop and a unique opportunity to pan-for-gold. **There is a walk of 45 steps to reach the start of the train tour. Our last stop is thundering Shannon Falls, the third highest in BC. (B)
This morning features the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre, where you learn the history and cultural ways of the two First Nation peoples that inhabit this land. An aboriginal ambassador guides you through the centre and outside to the forest to learn how the people interact with the land, then leads you in creating a traditional craft. The afternoon is free to explore Whistler on your own. You may want to try the Peak2Peak gondola, the longest and highest ever built or experience Ziptrek Eco-tours, a pioneer in the zip business. Rent a bike for a peddle around the village or take a self-guided gallery tour. You may just choose to sit on one of the many outdoor patios, sipping a beverage and watching the world walk by. (B)
Heading south on the Sea to Sky Highway, arrive in West Vancouver where we will visit the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park, one of Vancouver’s most popular tourist attractions. Mingle with the sounds of nature as you cross the suspension bridge, take a cliffside journey on their Cliffwalk or get a squirrel’s eye view of the rainforest atop the Treetop Adventure. Depart for home this afternoon via the scenic Coquihalla Highway. B)
B = Breakfast, L = Lunch
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July 9, 2018