Sea-to-Sky Highway Day Trip From Vancouver: Shannon Falls, Britannia Mine And Gondola Ride

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Immerse yourself in British Columbia’s rugged mountainous beauty on this tour from Vancouver to the natural and historical attractions along the Sea to Sky Highway. You’ll visit Shannon Falls, one of the province’s tallest waterfalls, enjoy sweeping views of Howe Sound and the coastal forest on the Sea to Sky Gondola, and go underground at the Britannia Mine Museum. Round-trip hotel transport from select locations is included.

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Your day trip starts with pickup (from select hotels only) by comfortable coach for the drive north of Vancouver along the Sea to Sky Highway, a stretch of Highway 99 known for its scenic location between Howe Sound and the coastal mountains.

Travel about 36 miles (58 km) along the highway to Shannon Falls Provincial Park, just south of the town of Squamish, passing through the coastal village of Horseshoe Bay along the way. When you reach Shannon Falls, the third-highest waterfall in British Columbia at 1,100 feet (335 meters), take a 10-minute walk through the forest to a lookout deck where you can feel the spray of the gushing waters that fall over the cliffs.

Then head just a couple of minutes up the road to the base of the Sea to Sky Gondola, where a 10-minute ride will take you 2,900 feet (885 meters) above sea level. During the ride, enjoy panoramic views of Howe Sound, Shannon Falls, the mountains and the lush coastal forest. When you get to the top, you have free time to take advantage of whichever amenities you wish: explore two different walking trails that lead to amazing viewpoints; check out the dizzying, 328-foot-long (100-meter) Sky Pilot Suspension Bridge; get a drink or something to eat at the Summit Restaurant and Edge Bar (own expense); or just relax and soak up the views from the Summit Lodge.

Ride the gondola down to your coach to continue your day trip to your last stop, the Britannia Mine Museum, about 10 minutes back down the highway toward Vancouver. Located in the sleepy community of Britannia Beach, the now-defunct copper mine dates back to the late 1800s and is today a museum and National Historic Site.

During your tour of the mine, go panning for gold and ride a mining car into the old mine. Learn about the history and importance of mining in British Columbia through the museums exhibits and underground tour, during which a museum guide will operate your mining car and provide commentary.

Your day trip ends with the drive back to Vancouver.

Please note: You must include hotel information at checkout and call tour operator ahead to confirm

Inclusions for Sea-to-Sky Highway Day Trip From Vancouver: Shannon Falls, Britannia Mine And Gondola Ride

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (select hotels only)
  • Local guide
  • Entrance fees
  • Sea to Sky Gondola ticket

Exclusions for Sea-to-Sky Highway Day Trip From Vancouver: Shannon Falls, Britannia Mine And Gondola Ride

  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Food and drinks (available for purchase)

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Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately

Cancellation Policy
  • If you cancel within 3 calendar days (72 hours) of the scheduled departure time, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel between 4 to 7 Calendar days before scheduled tour departure,the cancellation charge will be 50% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel at least 8 calendar days in advance of the scheduled departure time, there is no cancellation fee. You will receive Full Refund for the paid amount.
  • Please note that in case of No show, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the listed tour fare.
  • Please note tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

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  • great time

  • A Great Day Trip!
    We had a day to spend in Vancouver prior to boarding our cruise ship. We had been to Vancouver several times and wanted to visit the surrounding area. Paula was our driver/guide. She was very good with her facts and had a great sense of humor. She is from the Vancouver area and took great pride in sharing her knowledge with us. The Britannia Mine tour was quite interesting as was the visit to the Shannon Falls area. We were able to view Stanley Park, The harbor bridge and get the inside scoop on the elite homes in the area. The best part was the AWESOM gondola ride up the mountain. We enjoyed on our own lunch at the restaurant on top and took tons of photos. The views were spectacular!!! The suspension bridge was beautiful to look at but I didn't dare the walk across it...all though several adventurous people in our group loved it. I highly recommend this tour, However it may not be a good choice for anyone with mobility issues due to some hilly and uneven walking areas. The gondola aides did assist people using canes and walkers.

  • This trip was very good. We got picked up at the hotel - the tour guide was very prompt. The bus was small and comfortable with plenty of leg room. Megan was our tour guide and she was very knowledgable and friendly. First we went to Horseshoe Bay for a photo stop and time for coffee. Next stop is Shannon Falls - this is very beautiful but be prepared to not have much time there. We had about 20 minutes. Next we went to the gondola - you go up as a group and have about 2 hours. This was plenty to get some lunch at the restaurant at the top and explore. There are some easy walking trails and a small suspension bridge and small wildlife viewing opportunities. Final stop is the mining museum - which was really interesting. You go on a small train into the mines which was fun and then get a demonstration of what life was like in the mines. Then back to downtown Vancouver - it was good as they split us up onto tow buses back in Vancouver to get us back to our hotels quicker.

  • This was a fun tour. Our driver/guide was very informative and made the long drive there intersting

  • A great day! Loads of lovely places to visit and we had more than enough time at the Sea-to-Sky Gondola to eat and do all the walks.
    Our guide was...I think his name was Richard...he was from Coventry anyway but it was great.

  • I was nervous about taking the gondola ride,but once I got on it was breathtaking, and Iwanted to do it again. Both my husband and I were fascinated about the Britannia Mine experience. What the miners went through was amazing and terrifying.

  • this tour was fantastic so much to pack in a day the mine so interesting would have liked a little longer there walking around the mountain top was great the bridge view was breath taking

  • This tour was amazing!

  • Enjoyed this trip, it was a busy day, saw lots of beautiful scenery, and the mine was interesting.

  • This was a great way to experience nature in a very convenient way. Had a great time with our driver/tour guide. Landsea Tours is indeed great in doing their job!

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