Sea To Sky Summit, Squamish, British Columbia, Canada
Leaving Vancouver and heading north I spent some time in Squamish, BC and absolutely fell in love. One near perfect afternoon I hit a touristSea To Sky Gondola spot that is anything but. is just that, a gondola that rises 900 meters from the sea to the sky, in about 10 minutes. The alternative to taking the gondola is a 3-5 hour hike, but it’s not easy and can easily take longer if the weather shifts, which it tends to do quickly in the pacific northwest.
Arriving at the top is an extremely nice rec center with typical tourist fair, food and beverages and souvenirs. There is a fun and not terribly scary suspension bridge and lookouts that are worth a million bucks. I was fortunate enough to spend the afternoon here during perfect mid 70 degree weather with wispy clouds. Being the end of August it was still fairly high in their tourist season but I went later in the day to avoid most of the crowds.
They have guided maps and the trails are well marked and lined with crushed gravel, you can do this in sneakers, hiking boots are not needed. It’s also almost impossible to get lost and you can cover everything in under an hour or walk slower and really take in how beautiful Squamish is over a longer period of time.
Pro tip, head over to Liftopia before traveling and buy a discounted lift ticket.