About The Sea to Sky Area:
Squamish, located at the head of Howe Sound,
surrounded by the magnificent peaks of the Coast Mountains to the east,
the Tantalus Mountains to the west, and 22 recreational activities
within a 15 minute drive, it is no wonder Squamish is rated one of the
Top 10 Recreational Destinations in Canada. Rent a sailing board or
bring your own -- famous for its top-notch breezes, Squamish, which
means "Mother of the Wind" in Coast Salish, attracts windsurfers from
across Canada hoping to achieve top speeds of more than 60 km/h (36
mph). Whether you test the waters yourself, or enjoy the fiesta of
brightly coloured sails from the shore, you'll soon understand why
Squamish is Canada's Windsurfing Capital.
It's also a mecca for rockclimbers and rappellers.
Murrin Lake Provincial Park offers a forgiving face for beginner and
intermediate climbers, while the Stawamus Chief monolith, the second
largest in the world, boasts more than 200 climbing routes on its
monstrous 652-m face(2139-ft.). Climb your way to the top, or enjoy the
view from above in a dramatic flight-seeing tour. Featured in action
flicks dangling the likes of Sylvester Stallone and other heroes, a
glimpse of the Stawamus Chief will leave you awe-struck - even if you
keep both feet firmly planted on the ground. For those who prefer the
milder thrills of life, a trip to the BC Museum of Mining is in order.
Don your hardhat and embark on an underground tour of the historic
Britannia Mines. Once the largest copper producer in the British Empire,
these mines promise a true glimpse into the life of the good ol'
fashioned hardrock miner. History also abounds at the West Coast Railway
Heritage Park. Browse the largest collection of vintage rolling stock,
locomotives, and artifacts in Western Canada, before boarding the
miniature train for a ride around the grounds.
Located on the Sea to Sky Highway (Hwy 99), Squamish
is located only 60 km (37 mi.) north of Vancouver.
The Sea to Sky Area is also home to Whistler and
Blackcomb, two of the best ski mountains in North America, and a summer
playground for outdoor enthusiasts, the Whistler area is paradise on a
grand scale. Veiw the stately peaks of the Coast Mountain range, the
Vancouver, Coast & Mountains region is all about spectacular scenery.
The ripe forests in Mighty Fraser Country explode with lush greenery,
while the white Whistler snow reflects sunlight into a prism of dazzling
colors. Hidden below the water's crystal surface, off the shores of the
Sunshine Coast, other treasures await. Dive down to explore the fiesta
of purple starfish, pink anemones, and other brilliant sea creatures
living in these world-class reefs. Surround yourself in the beauty.