On the Squamish Via Ferrata adventure, you easily ascend ladder like rungs, cross exhilarating suspension bridges, and take in the scenic beauty of ocean fjords and gleaming snowy peaks all while safely attached to the rock with fixed cables. This is a fun and memorable experience like no other! Suitable for ages 8 and up. Great family adventure.
Via Ferrata route is closed during the winter due to snowpack.
It is scheduled for re-opening on Friday 30th March 2018 for Easter weekend.
Tour times: 10:00 am | 12:00 pm | 3:00 pm
Just about anyone can enjoy the Squamish Via Ferrata. It’s a thrilling adventure and no experience is needed. Participants are clipped into a safety cable and use ladder-like rungs that make the ascent as easy as climbing a ladder. Rated as #1 by Explore Magazine! Enjoy the awe-inspiring views of the ocean and up to the mountain peaks. This is an adventure you will talk about for years to come!
Your journey begins at the Summit Shelter at the top of the Sea to Sky Gondola, where you will be fitted with a climbing harness and helmet. Your guide leads you on a short hike down the Sea to Summit Trail amongst beautiful old growth forest to a lovely viewpoint of Howe Sound. The Via Ferrata route starts where the guide clips you into the safety cable and your adventure begins! You’ll traverse a catwalk, cross suspended bridges, and ascend glacier-worn granite slabs using the steel rungs and the fixed cable system. The route completes with a spectacular finish below the sundeck of the Sea to Sky Summit Lodge.
Approximately 1.5 hours duration for each group.
Shuttle: Vancouver to Sea To Sky Gondola
The Squamish Connector offers roundtrip shuttle service from downtown Vancouver to the Sea to Sky Gondola with convenient pick-up and drop-off from three downtown locations.
Enjoy 3 hours at the Sea to Sky Gondola, before returning to downtown Vancouver by 4 pm.
**If you use a shuttle option, select 12:00 departure tour.**
**Specify your pick-up location on the booking page**
Drop-Off / Pick-Up Schedule
**Advanced bookings required for the shuttle: bookings can be made over the phone (604-938-9242) or online with our reservations team no later than 3:00 pm the day before departure.**
What to bring: Dress for variable weather:
A climbing harness and helmet is provided when you meet your guide.
Meeting: 15 minutes before the tour start time at the Summit Shelter. The shelter is located at the top of the Sea to Sky Gondola, a moments walk left along the trail. Please take into account that the gondola ride up is about 10 minutes and there may be a line-up to get on the gondola.
The Sea to Sky Gondola is located 2 km south of Squamish on the northbound side of the highway. From Whistler, turn around at the Shannon Falls Provincial Park turn off. From Vancouver, the gondola is located directly after the Shannon Falls Provincial Park traffic lights.
Lift tickets are required to ride the Sea to Sky Gondola. These can be purchased at the gondola ticket window. Please have your tickets purchased prior to the suggested departure time or if you have pre-purchased then these are available for pick up at Guest Services at the bottom of the gondola.
We strongly recommend you purchase insurance for Trip Cancellation, Emergency Evacuation and Adventure Sports Coverage (some backcountry adventures are excluded from coverage).
Emergency Evacuation and Medical Insurance
This coverage provides you with emergency air rescue if required and full medical. Parks Canada provides free evacuation within the Parks and if you are a Canadian resident your medical will be covered by your provincial health plan (except ambulance/air ambulance transport). We strongly recommend international visitors purchase this insurance.
Emergency evacuation insurance is compulsory for all our hut trips, as these typically take place outside of Parks Canada’s jurisdiction.
Trip Cancellation Insurance
To prepare for unforeseen circumstances we strongly recommend purchasing Trip Cancellation Insurance at the time of booking your trip. Trip Cancellation insurance covers many scenarios to reimburse you for cancelled trips outside of your control.
Our recommended insurance provider is Tugo.Com who can be reached via the following:
All prices are quoted in Canadian dollars and are exclusive of a 5% tax (GST). Prices are subject to change. Guide gratuities are not included in fees.
Full payment is required at time of registration. Our preferred method of payment is by Mastercard or VISA through our online payment portal. We also accept credit card payment over the phone, bank transfer and cash.
Mountain Skills Academy takes mountain safety very seriously, however there is no way to completely mitigate risk in alpine environments. Prior to undertaking any of our courses or trips we require you to sign a waiver.
Mountain conditions are extremely unpredictable and can change at short notice. Our guides endeavor to undertake the routes and/or peaks that our clients desire, however our decisions will be impacted by conditions. Unfortunately we are not able to offer refunds if conditions are not suitable to undertake a particular route on the day you have booked. We will however make every effort to take you out for the best day possible given the conditions.
Applicable to all tours and courses*: If conditions force us to cancel a course or trip we will do all we can to accommodate you at another date. If this isn’t possible we will offer a full refund. We reserve the right to decline rescheduling dates based on availability. *Does not apply to First Aid and Wilderness First Aid courses.
Late Arrival Policy
Guests arriving more than 15 minutes late for an activity forfeit 100% of the tour price. Tours leave promptly; it is recommended to arrive 15 minutes early to sort out gear and sign waivers.
Adventures Cancellation Policy
Half Day and Full Day Programs
**On all multi day trips pre arranged add-ons are non-refundable (food, accommodation, etc).
1-2 Day Courses
3+ Day Courses
**If you are able to find someone else to take your place on a course, please let us know as we are more than happy to transfer bookings.
Minors (under the age of 18 for our courses based in Alberta and 19 for those based in BC) and custodial groups (youths affiliated with an institution where the parents/legal guardian are not present on the trip) may register for certain trips and courses with a letter of consent from parents or legal guardian as well as must sign a waiver and have their parents or legal guardian sign a waiver. Further, we abide by the Parks Canada Custodial Group winter backcountry policy as outlined here.
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