It’s a blessing when you have a friend who knows how to drive. As someone who doesn’t know how to maneuver a vehicle, my movements are limited within the city of Vancouver and its neighboring areas that are accessible to public transport. Yesterday afternoon, a friend and I drove to Squamish to ride on the Sea to Sky Gondola. Since both of us are first timers in the area, we really didn’t know what to expect at the summit. For sure, there will be views but we were not prepared for a jaw-dropping scenery. We were both stunned and sighed every time we see saw something really spectacular. If getting close to a glacier is in your bucket list, then, this place would never disappoint you.
The Sea to Sky Gondola is just 45 minutes drive from Vancouver. It’s the same highway that you take going to Whistler. The panoramic drive is an experience in itself. If you’re just visiting the city, it’s worth renting a car (we had Evo) for an afternoon or morning trip. But, of course, you can stay in hotels in the town of Squamish if you want to stay overnight – after a long day hike.
The gondola ride is a pricey $45 – and no student discount. I’ve never felt nature destination can be this expensive. Oh, dear! But, if you’re not planning on taking the Sea to Sky Gondola, you can also follow a hiking trail that would take you to the summit. We were told it would take between 2-3 hours, depending the kind of climber you are.
Once you reach (either taking the gondola or hiking) the Summit Lodge, take a break and get yourself warm inside. If you feel like eating or drinking, the huge outdoor patio offers a heavenly view of Mother Nature. When you’re done resting, you can start your next hike again – either going to the Chief and Squamish Valley Viewing Platform or to the ViewPoint. There are actually some hiking trails that you can choose from – so don’t forget to grab a map. Unfortunately, we were not able to do one of these trails because we arrived just after 3 in the afternoon – and the Summit Lodge closes at 5 PM in Winter.
These photos need no descriptions. However, I do encourage you to read every description/information boards you see up there. They will surely make you an informed citizen, tourist or traveler.