Remember that saying about finding beauty in your own backyard? There’s something to be said about taking the time to appreciate the everyday charm that surrounds us.
Since the pandemic has created barriers to international travel, there’s never been a better time to discover what’s around you. And if you’re lucky enough to call Vancouver home, then your proverbial backyard is the vast natural landscapes that are all within a short drive.
Most notably, the Sea to Sky Gondola in nearby Squamish recently reopened its doors for the summer and is beckoning you to take a day trip with friends and family. It’s the perfect opportunity to escape from city life and get a much-needed change of scenery.
The journey to Sea to Sky Gondola is delightful within itself as it involves everything from snow-capped mountains, emerald forests, and the turquoise waters of the Howe Sound. You can get there by car via the Sea to Sky Highway or via the Squamish Connector shuttle bus with convenient pick-ups from several downtown Vancouver locations.
Just think about it — in under 45 minutes, you can find yourself breathing in the fresh outdoor air, far away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
The slew of available activities and sights make for a full day of adventuring from one stunning panorama to another, with breathtaking views like those from the Sky Pilot Suspension Bridge. The Bridge is roughly 100 metres long and offers an incredible 360-degree view of the surrounding forest and high alpine of the overarching mountains.
To be equally revered are the many hiking trails surrounding the summit, which are ideal for breaking a sweat before indulging in the delicious West Coast-inspired menu and signature cocktails at The Sky Pilot Restaurant. The newly renovated space has a fresh, seasonal menu featuring locally-crafted beer and panoramic vistas that can be enjoyed from inside or on the patio.
You’ll also find specialty drip coffee from Pallet Coffee Roasters at the Basecamp Café where you can fuel up on coffee and snacks before your escapade, or stock up on treats for the drive home.
While hikers have many options for exploring, the Panorama Trail is particularly special due to its Chief Overlook Platform: a deck located over a sheer drop with magnificent views of the surrounding ocean waters and mountain peaks. The 1.6km trail will bring you through the coastal forest and Alaskan blueberry bushes and is accommodating for people of all ages and fitness levels.
From scaling the walls of the exhilarating Via Ferrata to sipping on a glass of wine fireside at the Backyard Bar, the list of activities goes on. Whether you have all day to explore or are making a quick stop, their pre-planned itineraries will help you plan your trip and all the top sights to see on your adventure.
What’s more, there’s also the possibility of winning an all expenses paid trip in the form of a prize package that includes four Adult Day Tickets and a $100 Gift Certificate to the Sky Pilot Restaurant where you can go to town on truffle fries and calamari.
To enter to win a prize package courtesy of the Sea to Sky Gondola, fill out the following form:
Contest entries will be accepted from the time and date of publishing until 11:59 pm on July 21, 2020. One winner will be chosen at random and contacted via email to claim their prize.
You can also rest assured that you’ll be reconnecting to nature safely with all of the COVID-19 safety protocols that have been put in place, like social distancing measures and rigorous cleaning schedules, designed to maintain the wellness of visitors.
Visit the website to purchase online tickets in advance or for more information on current hours and prices.