Sea to Sky Gondola in Squamish, BC, Canada

SEA TO SKY GONDOLA in Squamish, BC, Canada

SEA TO SKY GONDOLA in Squamish, BC, Canada

Sea to Sky Gondola in Squamish, BC, Canada

What has a vertical rise of 850 meters, is located 885 meters above sea level, affords spectacular views of Howe Sound Fjord and takes 10 minutes to reach its destination? If you answered the Sea to Sky Gondola near Squamish, British Columbia, Canada, you are correct! Within a couple weeks of the Sea to Sky Gondola’s May 16, 2014 opening, WAVEJourney made the trip to Squamish to check out this new adventure attraction… It’s a thrilling experience!

Entrance to Sea to Sky Gondola

Entrance to Sea to Sky Gondola

LOCATION

The Sea to Sky Gondola is located 2 km south of Squamish on the Sea-to-Sky Highway (Hwy 99) in British Columbia, Canada. The scenic 65 km drive from Vancouver takes approximately 45-55 minutes (depending on weather and traffic conditions).

Sea to Sky Gondola in Squamish

Sea to Sky Gondola in Squamish

FACTS

  • 20 gondolas from CWA/Garaventa of Switzerland
  • 8-person capacity in each gondola
  • 600 people per hour can ride the gondola
  • 10-minute ride from basecamp to Summit Lodge
  • 850 meter elevation gain
  • 5 years from conception to completion
  • $22 million project
  • Opened May 16, 2014

    Howe Sound Fjord from Sea to Sky Gondola

    Howe Sound Fjord from Sea to Sky Gondola

ACTIVITIES

  • Sightseeing – From the Sea to Sky Gondola and Summit Lodge views include the Howe Sound Fjord, volcanic peaks of the Coastal Mountains, glaciers on Sky Pilot Mountain, the spectacular Shannon Falls (3rd tallest falls in BC), and Stawamus Chief (2nd tallest freestanding granite monolith in the world).
  • Hiking – Visitors can enjoy numerous hiking trails of varying distances and levels of difficulty.
  • Dining – Summit Lodge and the Edge Bar (at the top of the gondola) afford spectacular views from the outdoor deck. There is also the Basecamp Cafe (directly in front of the ticket window at the base) where snacks and beverages are available.

    The Chief Viewing Platform

    The Chief Viewing Platform

HOURS

  • The Sea to Sky Gondola is expected to be open approximately 330 days per year.
  • The ride will close on days with high winds (70 km/hr) and for maintenance in November.
  • Opening time is 9 am and the last ride down will depend on the day (6 pm Sunday to Thursday and 10 pm Friday and Saturday – but check on their website for updates).

    Sky Pilot Suspension Bridge at Sea to Sky Gondola

    Sky Pilot Suspension Bridge at Sea to Sky Gondola

PRICING

  • Round-trip day tickets cost $34.95 + tax for adults.
  • Discounts are available for kids and seniors.
  • Check the Sea to Sky Gondola website for current prices.

    Sky Pilot Suspension Bridge

    Sky Pilot Suspension Bridge

BOTTOM LINE

The views from the Sea to Sky Gondola, at the Summit Lodge and along various hiking trails are spectacular. This is a fun adventure for all ages and gives visitors a chance to see the area in a way not otherwise possible. Definitely add the Sea to Sky Gondola experience to any trip to Squamish or en-route to Whistler.

Diamond Head - Atwell Peak

Diamond Head – Atwell Peak

Sea to Sky Gondola and Summit Lodge

Sea to Sky Gondola and Summit Lodge

Howe Sound Fjord

Howe Sound Fjord

Note: Although Sea to Sky Gondola provided WAVEJourney with a complimentary media pass, this has no influence on our review.  All opinions, reviews and commentary are our own. Read our full disclosure statement to see our review policy.

 

2 Responses to Sea to Sky Gondola in Squamish, BC, Canada

  1. Those are some spectacular views but then that part of BC is all about the beautiful views! I have a horrible fear of heights but for some reason I can “usually” handle a gondola ride if I stand in the middle and look straight ahead. We’ll have to check it out if we make our way to BC again. We’ve been several times and there’s always so many new places to discover, but one never knows!

    Patti 06/09/2014 at 4:24 pm Reply
    • I’m with you on the fear of heights, Patti. But, this was a wonderful ride and didn’t bother me at all – which was a very good thing :) You are so right about the beautiful views – hence the motto on car license plates… “Beautiful British Columbia”. Cheers, Viv.

      Viv 06/09/2014 at 4:27 pm Reply
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