From Downtown Vancouver, through North and West Vancouver via Horseshoe Bay, Lions Bay, Britannia Beach, Squamish and Whistler, the region known as the sea to sky corridor is absolutely beautiful with an abundance of spectacular mountain and ocean views and offers a breath taking lifestyle where many love to call home.
The road winds up through mountain communities that started as logging, mining, ranching and farming outposts. Today, they have also become welcoming havens for lovers of every manner of outdoor recreation from winter and water sports, to hiking, rock climbing, mountain biking, horseback riding, sailing and wildlife viewing. The region is also rich in archaeological and historical lore. Salish First Nations have lived here for thousands of years, and prospectors streamed north for the Fraser River gold rush back in the 1850’s. Humungous rock faces plunge to the sea, streams run off cliffs as you pass small communities such as historic Britannia Beach. Howe Sound glitters deep blue and the sun often sets a glowing orange behind the huge white glaciers and enormous black peaks of the coast mountains. Alpine meadows freckled with an array of colourful wildflowers lead to beautiful turquoise lakes and old growth rain forest. Basically, it's really nice and lots of people love living here in the various, vibrant and utterly highly enjoyable homes, neighbourhoods and communities we have here.
"Mother of the Wind" in Coast Salish, Squamish is known to be the "Outdoor Recreation Capital of Canada
." Climb the Stawamus Chief, wind-surf in Howe Sound, spot bald eagles in The World Famous Eagle viewing area of Brackendale and hike up Shannon Falls. Not up for a hike, but still want to experience the alpine? Ride the Sea to Sky Gondola 885m/2,900ft above sea level for breathtaking views of Howe Sound and the surrounding mountains. Whistler Blackcomb
, one of the world's top ski destinations, hosted the 2010 Winter Games and is guaranteed; a fun day out. Go skiing and snowboarding at Whistler, or mountain biking, hiking and kayaking in the summer. In Pemberton, go horseback riding against a stunning backdrop of soaring mountains, rushing rivers and fresh, sparkling lakes. Or browse gold rush exhibits, a settler’s home, and two hand-hewn cedar log houses originally belonging to the First Nations, in the Pemberton Museum. With so much to do and see in the Sea to Sky Region, no wonder the world has discovered it!!