Friday, October 8, 2021

West Coast Travels: Day 5 - Sea to Sky

Our brief stopover in Squamish was already over and we were about to travel the final 60 km North to Whistler. Considering on how short the drive was we still had a lot planned on the journey and even ended up tracking the most steps (20,000) than any other day during our travels.

First up we had a few local attractions in Squamish to visit. These were Shannon Falls and the Sea to Sky gondola. Shannon Falls is composed of a series of cliffs, rising 335 metres above Highway 99, making it the third highest falls in the province. The tumbling waters of Shannon Falls originate from Mount Habrich and Mount Sky Pilot. The Sea to Sky gondola takes you 885m above sea level where sweeping of views of the Howe Sound and coastal mountains welcome you from every direction from multiple viewing platforms, a suspension bridge and many trails. Both of these experiences in Squamish were amazing and we could have explored both for longer if there was more time.

Eventually we were back on the Sea to Sky highway heading further north into the mountains towards the ski resort of Whistler. Whistler is currently in its shoulder season as the snow required for skiing hasn’t arrived but the mountain bikers were still enjoying what the hill has to offer. For us, we were there mainly to relax at the Westin Resort and Spa. I also had a surprise planned for the evening that can only be done in Whistler. In the evening we headed slightly further north to Cougar Mountain. It is here that you can find Vallea Lumina. Vallea Lumina is a multimedia night walk in search of hidden wonders. The walk takes place in the forested surrounds of Cougar Mountain by igniting the senses with an immersive light show. The entire experience was well done and a magical journey for all of the senses.

As you can see even though we didn’t cover very much distance this day was our fullest yet so needless to say by the end we were all quite tired and ready for a well deserved sleep. Tomorrow we will have a lazy morning before leaving Whistler and heading back down the Sea to Sky highway to our final destination of Vancouver.

Sea to Sky gondola

Mount Tantalus

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