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Squamish: Sea to Sky Gondola Admission Ticket

1. Squamish: Sea to Sky Gondola Admission Ticket

Enjoy a gondola ride up to the summit and take in the sweeping views of Howe Sound, the majestic coastal forest, and surrounding mountains. Every gondola cabin has a maximum capacity of 8 passengers. The gondolas are wheelchair and stroller accessible. The ride up and down is a thrilling adventure for all ages and provides new views of Shannon Falls and the famous Stawamus Chief climbing area. Once at the top, many other adventures await. You will have access to a wide array of outdoor experiences, including two different interpretive loop walking trails with cantilevered viewing platforms, the spectacular Sky Pilot Suspension Bridge, numerous hiking trails, rock climbing, access trails to backcountry routes, and much more.

Canadian Rockies: Helicopter Flight with Exploration Hike

2. Canadian Rockies: Helicopter Flight with Exploration Hike

Get ready for an awe-inspiring experience of the Rocky Mountain with this scenic helicopter flight and hiking tour. See the Rockies from a bird's-eye view. Admire the stunning views of the mountains, lakes, and glaciers from above. Then explore the region’s natural beauty on foot. Choose from a 20, 30, or 55-minute scenic flight. Each option includes incredible panoramas of waterfalls, emerald-green lakes, and mountain ridges. With the 55-minute flight, approach the Columbia Icefield, the largest expanse of ice in the Rocky Mountains. After the flight, land at the confluence of the Cline River and Waterfalls Creek. Continue to explore the wild beauty of this region on foot, hiking to the Twin Falls waterfall. Then climb back on board the helicopter and fly back to the heliport, enjoying the fantastic views of Abraham Lake.

Banff National Park: Guided Signature Hikes with Lunch

3. Banff National Park: Guided Signature Hikes with Lunch

After being picked up you up from your Banff hotel in a modern minibus by your friendly guide, get ready for a day of exploring the backcountry of Banff National Park on foot. Your guide will give you an introduction to Banff National Park and today's hike as you head towards the trailhead. Choose between 4 hiking routes representing the best trails in Banff: Sundays & Thursdays - Hike to Stanley Glacier; Mondays & Saturdays - Hike to Larch Valley; Tuesdays - Hike to Consolation Lakes; Wednesdays & Fridays - Hike to the Plain of Six Glaciers. Hike to Stanley Glacier Journey through a land sculpted by fire and ice in Kootenay National Park. The trail switchbacks moderately for the first half of the hike, through regrowth from the most recent fire, allowing for unparalleled views down over Vermillion Pass back to Castle Mountain. Follow the trail between sheer towering walls of Mount Stanley and Storm Mountain until you leave the forest behind to emerge in a land of ice and rock where you may even find some fossils. Be treated to views of Stanley Glacier creeping down the side of Mt. Stanley towards the valley bottom. Rated: Moderate; Hiking time: 3-4 hours; Return distance: 8.4kms (5.25 miles); elevation gain: 395m (1,285 ft). Hike to Larch Valley Trail restrictions due to bear activity make this an ideal hike to take with a guided group. Beginning from the Valley of the Ten Peaks at Moraine Lake, the trail climbs, really climbs, up 10 switchbacks to Larch Valley on a well-maintained trail. After reaching the Valley, the trail easily ambles through a larch forest and then begins to gain elevation again towards Sentinal Pass and the Minestimma Lakes. Towards the Pass, views of the Ten Peaks, Moraine Lake and gigantic Mt. Temple (3,543 m/11,625 ft) will complete your experience. Please note that this hike does not continue to the top of Sentinel Pass. Rated: Moderate; hiking time: 4-5 hours; distance: 9.0kms (5.6 miles); elevation gain: 535m (1,500 ft). Hike to Consolation Lakes This trail begins in the Valley of the Ten Peaks at stunning Moraine Lake. The drive alone to this location is worth it in itself. We’ll spend our time hiking leisurely to Consolation Lakes, and upon our return explore around Moraine Lake, including a trip to the top of the Rockpile. Due to bear restrictions, this is a great trip to do in a guided group. Rated: Easy; Hiking Time: 3-4 hours; return distance: 5.8kms (3.6 miles); elevation gain: 255m (837 ft). Hike to the Plain of Six Glaciers Your hike starts by the Lake Louise shoreline to the back of the lake before ascending up an ancient glacial valley. As you get higher, the colour of the lake becomes even more stunning and the crowds begin to disappear. Just past the Plain of Six Glaciers Teahouse you will be treated to views of the six glaciers feeding into the valley and Lake Louise, with cakes and tea served at the teahouse (optional). Rated: moderate; hiking time: 5 hours; distance: 10.6kms (6.6 miles); elevation Gain: 340m (1,100 feet)

From Vancouver: Full-Day Whistler and Shannon Falls Tour

4. From Vancouver: Full-Day Whistler and Shannon Falls Tour

This 10.5-hour tour is the best way to explore the road to the 2010 Winter Olympics and the resort town of Whistler. You will begin the tour from Vancouver and travel to Whistler through the "Sea-to-Sky Highway." On the way you will pass 7,000-foot high mountains, the third highest waterfall in British Columbia, and the second largest granite monolith in the world. The award-winning tour guide will bring your tour to life with fascinating stories about the history of the area and current events. On this full-day tour you will stop at Shannon Falls and have free time in Whistler. Explore the majestic Whistler Village and browse through the quaint village shops. You can also hike at the base of the beautiful Shannon Falls, walk along forest trails, or just relax and enjoy the breathtaking mountain scenery.

Canmore: 3-Hour Canyons and Cave Paintings Hiking Tour

5. Canmore: 3-Hour Canyons and Cave Paintings Hiking Tour

Embark on a hiking tour by meeting your guide at the designated meeting point. From there, depart on a short 15-minute drive to the trailhead.  Explore the narrow-walled creek bed which twists and turns for many kilometers. Reach a fork in the creek bed as the smooth limestone walls get steeper and steeper. Head right to see a glistening waterfall.  Discover ancient, indigenous pictographs hidden in the cave walls and learn about the history that has almost been lost in time. The tour is offered in the summer and winter.  In the winter, ice cleats and hiking poles are supplied. Exploring the canyon in the winter is a very unique and rewarding experience. Go deep into the canyon with your ice cleats allowing you to go into more unexplored areas.

Whistler: Guided Wilderness Hike

6. Whistler: Guided Wilderness Hike

Experience the wonder and tranquility of the wilderness surrounding Whistler on a guided walking tour. Follow your guide to admire snow-capped mountains and densely wooded hiking trails. Protect your feet with the provided hiking boots. Choose a hiking options that meets your needs with group and private, and full-day and half-day tour options. Meet your guide at the conveniently-located meeting point in Whistler and begin your hiking adventure in the great outdoors. Uncover the secrets of the backcountry as you make your way through a network of hiking trails which feature iconic viewpoints where you can marvel at surreal turquoise lakes, majestic waterfalls, tapestries of wildflowers, meandering meadows, lush forests, and fascinating ecosystems. Escape into the wilderness with a guide that will help you to navigate smoothly to pristine lakes, hidden beaches, babbling creeks, cascading waterfalls, and geologically interesting landscapes. Capture stunning pictures to share. Return to your meeting point at the end of your hike.

Vancouver: Whistler Mountain Via Ferrata Climbing Experience

7. Vancouver: Whistler Mountain Via Ferrata Climbing Experience

Experience the heights of Vancouver's Whistler Mountain on a shared group or private tour. Arrive at base camp and ride up in a gondola to the alpine shop to start your climb via ferrata. Use rungs built into the rocks to reach the peak and take in stunning views. Make your way to the village base camp and climb into a gondola, watching the world below becoming smaller and smaller as you ascend towards the starting point of your climb. Step off the gondola and enter the local partner's alpine shop to learn about the special lanyard system that will allow you to climb Whistler with ease. Look up in awe at the peak and clip yourself onto the cable that leads up the rocks. Take it rung by rung until you reach the top of the mountain and reward yourself with unforgettable views of Garibaldi Provincial Park. On the way back, choose to follow a 3-kilometer hiking path or take a chairlift.

Whistler: Guided Glacier Discovery Hike

8. Whistler: Guided Glacier Discovery Hike

Explore the glacial snow and ice of the Horstman Glacier on this guided walking tour. Have fun sliding down the snow of this glacier in retreat on this tour that suitable for beginners. Enjoy the use of high-quality glacier gear and keep your feed nice and warm with the provided boots. Choose from group and private tour options that no not include a gondola ticket, or pick a group option which includes a gondola ride that will let you soar over the mountain peaks. Meet your guide and get outfitted with glacier travel gear, including boots, crampons, and an ice axe. Experience the emotion of walking across an alpine snow slope or a glacial moraine while approaching the Whistler Bowl and glacier. Enjoy the view of the 2,160-meter Whistler Peak while you ascend. Learn how the last ice age interacted with the terrain to form the beautiful coastal mountain ranges. Return to your meeting point at the end of your tour.

Mystical Rainforest Tour - Forest Magick

9. Mystical Rainforest Tour - Forest Magick

Enjoy a truly unique guided nature walk, where you will embark on a relaxed, mindfulness-based stroll through the wild enchantment of a west coast temperate rainforest. A whole lot more than just a walk in the park, these tours are very experiential in nature, with structured activities grounded in the principles of forest bathing and nature mysticism. Your tour starts with a brief introduction to forest bathing and nature mysticism. You will be introduced to a unique philosophy or mindset that involves a deliberate acknowledgment of nature with suggestions on how to show your gratitude.  You will be invited to set an intention of what you would like to receive from the forest during your tour (e.g. insight, healing, stress reduction). Upon entering the forest, you will learn about Vancouver Island’s West Coast Temperate Rainforests – seeing, touching, tasting, smelling and listening to the vibrant presence and ecosystem that brings the rainforest to life. Now that you are grounded, your forest bathing and nature mysticism experience can begin.

From Vancouver: Whistler Day Trip by Floatplane

10. From Vancouver: Whistler Day Trip by Floatplane

After being collected from your accommodation, at around 8:00 AM, you'll be taken to your plane, leaving from the grand Canada Place. Enjoy panoramic views of Howe Sound, as well as sea-to-sky scenery as you fly beyond the valley to explore rugged peaks, majestic mountains and the lush alpine meadows of the Coast Mountain Range. Marvel at the turquoise glacial waters of the mile-high Garibaldi Lake before landing on the Green Lake, where a shuttle will take you to Whistler Village. Decide your own itinerary in Whistler, with free time to walk around the village, shops, and galleries. Take a short trip to the Lost Lake, ride the peak-to-peak gondola, or have a glass of wine in a local bar. Following your time in Whistler, a shuttle will be waiting for you at your designated pickup point, and fly you back to Vancouver. Enjoy the sights of Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands as you fly. Soak up the sights of the Strait of Georgia, before you land in Downtown Vancouver.

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Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 13 reviews

Breathtaking gondola ride. Awesome trails and suspension bridge a plus. A great day for a local from BC. Wish there was a price break for those of us from here but still an awesome experience. A must for sure.

Jake was informative and friendly. It was a good trail and it was amazing to see the indigenous cave paintings. Recommended

I really loved it, it was so beautiful, and I met some absolutely wonderful humans. I definitely recommend it.

Nice view from the top. Great for family with little kids and trails.

I love this experience. Thank you so much for everything.