British Columbia is full of beautiful scenery. The drive to Squamish offers some of the most spectacular views in the lower mainland. There are multiple options to gain an incredible view of the Howe Sound fjord, two of which I’ve experienced last summer, and no matter having witnessed the sight from above before it NEVER fails to take my breath away!
You can either take the Sea to Sky Gondola for a more relaxing journey to the top or hike the Stawamus Chief and earn the view with sweat, and possibly some tears. Read more HERE. No matter which you choose you’ll be rewarded with spectacular views from any of the peaks, so it really depends on how you’re feeling on the day! I can’t wait to share this view with Lewis next time we head to Vancouver.
Sea to Sky Gondola
The Sea to Sky Gondola opened not too long ago in 2014.
^ The Sea-to-Sky Gondola bridge and viewing platform.^
^ View of the Howe Sound fjord, I’m in love with the turquoise water! ^
^ Mt. Atwell in the distance. ^
Hike up the Stawamus Chief
Hiking up the Chief, although easy in route, is not for the faint at heart! A continuous up hill battle that includes chains, ladders and stairs leading you to one of the three peaks for a well deserved and rewarding view. The Stawamus Chief consists of three summits known as First, Second and Third Peak. The First Peak is the closest, the Second is the largest and the Third is the highest, each offering their own experience.
^ Follow the numerous hikers (this is a popular spot for many as it’s relatively accessible and of course BEAUTIFUL) and these little markers to your destination. ^
^ Keeping you motivated! Make sure to keep GOING even if you feel you can’t, take breaks, drink lots of water and continue exploring! ^
^ This incredible view is of the First Peak from the Second. It is well worth the climb! I personally enjoyed the hike to the Second Peak more than the First. I felt there was less foot traffic and the climb was more challenging. ^
^And after a long day of hiking, Tims is a well earned treat! ^
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