MSAA guide at the top of the via ferrata

Weekender’s Guide to Summer in the Sea to Sky

The weekend is coming up, there’s sun in the forecast, but you have no plans! What are you going to do? The Sea to Sky corridor from North Vancouver to Whistler is filled with adventures for the timid to thrill-seekers. Let’s say it’s a long weekend and you want to fill it with the most amazing, unique memories to hold you until the next long weekend. Here’s what you might get up to…

Via Ferrata Whistler group at view point

Day 1 – Britannia & Squamish

You’ve left Vancouver and are heading up the gorgeous Sea to Sky Highway. The first totally unique stop is at the Britannia Mine Museum. Rumble aboard an underground train, pan for gold, explore exhibits, and step into history at Britannia Mine Museum! This National Historic Site is filled with fun activities for all ages.

Next stop is Squamish which is only an hour drive from downtown Vancouver. Squamish is known as a rock climbing mecca thanks to the 4th largest granite monolith in the world, The Stawamish Chief (or Siyam Smanit in the local Squamish language). I know, I can hear you thinking that climbing is not for you. But there is a local tour that is a family friendly version of rock climbing that is fun and easy! Squamish Via Ferrata tours are a fantastic way to be able to say you climbed in Squamish! These tours happen every day at the top of the Sea to Sky Gondola.

Day 2 – Squamish & Whistler

After enjoying a night in Squamish you wake up ready to brave the rapids with the Squamish Rafting Company. They operate world-class whitewater, float & family adventures and they have fun on the water year-round and it shows! With their certified & professional guides at the helm, they guarantee a fun, safe, and memorable trip no matter your experience level.

White water rafting with Squamish Rafting Company


Time to get back on the road and continue up to Whistler. It’s less than an hour up the highway with stunning views of the mountains. There are delicious dinner options and accommodations for all budgets in Whistler. Book one that suits you through Tourism Whistler and be sure to check their Packages & Deals section.

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Day 3 – Whistler

There are no shortage of things to get your heart pumping in Whistler. Choose a day in the Whistler Bike Park for some downhill fun! Green, blue, black, double black, and red (don’t ask!) trails for all levels of riders.  

My personal favourite adventure is our own little known gem called the Whistler Via Ferrata. It’s at the top of the Whistler Gondola and you climb up on metal rungs sunk into the rock all the way to the peak! So exhilarating and a great challenge!

If you really want to feel the Call of the Wild, check out Canadian Wilderness Adventures ATV Tours! Try the single track trails and tackle the naturally rugged terrain. View the old growth forest and the NorthAir historical gold mine site. Discover why the Callaghan is Whistler’s most inspirational setting for adventure.

Experience the Call of the Wild on an ATV tour in Whistler


PS: If you’re looking for dinner plans that are off the beaten path, you really want to check out Barn Nork in Mount Currie (just past Pemberton) for some truly yummy Thai cuisine for dinner one night! You’ll need reservations.

Forgot some gear or clothing? Drop by Escape Route in Squamish or Whistler and they’ll get you kitted out. If you’re heading into the backcountry or just for a hike, make sure someone knows where you’re going and when you plan to return. Use this handy trip planner from AdventureSmart or download the app to leave your plan with a responsible person and avoid any call outs to the local search and rescue groups.

Whew! That’s an action packed weekend. Stay safe and have fun!  #inspireadventure

Written by: Dan O’Keefe

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