Who doesn’t want to get into the snow at this time of year? Vancouver is a stunning place to place to live, but sometimes, you need to get up into snow-capped mountains to feel like a true Canadian. Luckily, it’s a veritable winter wonderland up at the Sea to Sky Gondola in Squamish right now and all season long. Head up for spectacular views of Howe Sound and surrounding mountains, and stay for holiday fun, snowy activities and cozy food and drink.
Four wintry things to do at Sea to Sky Gondola
Enjoy the Spirit of Christmas
Explore the decorated Spirit Trail. Step into a wintry forest of whimsical lights and holiday decorations. For a picture perfect adventure, visit the Forest of Frames along the trail (can you say Instagram?). The trail is wheelchair and stroller trail friendly and leads back to the Summit Lodge where you can warm up with hot cocoa by the fire. (Runs until January 7th)
Dine on a mountain top
Treat yourself to the ultimate cozy, mountain-top dining experience. A variety of delectable fondues, the quintessential cold-weather, mountain meal, are offered daily from the Eatery during the winter season. Hmmm, will it be traditional Swiss gruyere, Quebecois, Italian or chocolate fondue? Decisions, decisions! Oh did we mention the magnificent view? (No reservations required.)
Enjoy the old-fashioned thrill of tubing. The tube park offers sliding fun for all ages. At the height of tubing season, there are four lanes for varying sliding levels. Close your day with a cup of hot chocolate and a Chippy’s Tail (think Beaver Tail) by the cozy fire pit.
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Head out on a guided headlamp hike
Escape the clatter and clang of the city and discover pristine solitude in the outdoors on a guided sunset headlamp hike or snowshoe. If conditions permit, the group will snowshoe instead of hike. Perfect for date night!
Sea to Sky Gondola makes it easier to connect with the great outdoors. Located between Vancouver and Whistler in beautiful Squamish BC, adventure is at your doorstep. The 10-minute gondola ride to 885m above sea level provides sweeping views of Howe Sound, luscious forest, and the surrounding Coastal Mountains. At the summit, enjoy the thrilling 100-meter Sky Pilot Suspension Bridge, easy interpretive walking trails and challenging backcountry hikes. Adventure awaits for nature and outdoor enthusiasts at the Sea to Sky Gondola.
Harriet Fancott is the Editor and Social Media Manager for Vancouver Mom. She has over 20 years experience in the arts, tech and mom-based blogging arenas. She lives in East Vancouver with her husband and son where they enjoy exploring all that Vancouver has to offer from festivals and events to playgrounds and beaches to sushi and ice cream (although not together).