Happy Wednesday everyone!
I hope everyone had a good long weekend! I had an extra long weekend as I took a couple of more days off for my ‘birthday weekend’. We didn’t do any big celebrations or a grand trip, just playing tourist in our hometown and a nice dinner.
Using my Tourism Challenge Privilege pass, we were able to check out the Sea to Sky Gondola during winter!
We started our breakfast at Tomahawk in North Vancouver. If you’re ever in the area, they’re breakfast was delicious!
After breakfast, we started our drive to Squamish in ever-changing (classic Vancouver) weather from rain to wet snow to snow and back to rain until we reached the Sea to Sky Gondola when the sky seemed to have cleared of any precipitation. Of course once we go up on the gondola it was back to snow and rain!
I love the awesome view from the Gondola! (check out my instagram for the gorgeous timelapse!)
The snow-capped trees, serene beauty of nature and the fact that it was not crowded (i guess other people had work still!) early in the day, it was the perfect time to be there. We were able to enjoy some of the scenery without the crowds that come with summertime and during peak hours.
We explored abit, crossed the suspension bridge and had a cup of coffee before heading back down. All in all, it was a fun adventure! We found out that they allow dogs so next time, we might bring out little doodles!
If you are in awe of the beauty which these pictures just don’t do justice of, here are some tips!
- Get there early, as the crowds tend to go around noon and later, and the parking can fill up fast and can get pretty crowded up there!
- Wear proper clothes — a nice, thick jacket, snow boots and layers during winter, and proper shoes with a good grip and layers (in case it gets cold) during summer.
- Check out the rates as you can get it slightly cheaper buying the ticket online, ahead of time.
- During winter, check the weather conditions for squamish as well as for the drive up. It can change and may deteriorate quickly during snow season
- Parking is free, but if you come later during the peak hours, you may end up parking at the overflow parking across in the gravel so be prepared if you come later.
- Food is pricey as they only have whatever they have there which is the Co-Pilot Cafe, Bodhi’s Plaza BBQ (apparently open during select winter days, which was not the day we were there) and the Basecamp Cafe so eat before-hand if you prefer not to pay slightly more and possibly wait in line.
I hope that you have been inspired to check out the Sea to Sky Gondola and that these tips will help you be prepared and maximize your experience!