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Sample Tours: West Coast

Winter Sea to Sky

Experience the awe-inspiring beauty of snow-capped mountains, towering in glory as they reach out to embrace the sparkling expanse of the sea. Transport yourself to a place where the silence of the forest is broken by crunching snow and the occasional cry of a bald eagle. A place where the afternoon sun filters through the trees and warms your face, while your body revels in the exhilaration that is provided only by the most intense outdoor experiences.

Whether you are trekking the mountainside in snowshoes, barrelling alongside glistening fields in a snowmobile, ice-climbing up a frozen waterfall, or conquering one of many mountains on skis or snowboard, truly intrepid spirits will find boundless possibilities for adventure in Sea to Sky Country.

Duration:   13 Days
Total Distance:  1233 km/766 mi


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Itinerary
Britannia Mine Museum - Photo Credit: Britannia Mine Museum
Day 1 - Vancouver to Squamish - 90 km/57 mi
Your first day will take you from our Vancouver RV Experience location to Squamish, travelling along Highway 99, the Sea to Sky Highway.  The UK’s Guardian newspaper called this drive one of the “Top 5 Roadtrips in the World”.full details

Pick up your RV from our Vancouver location then head high above the city!  Just 30 minutes from Vancouver lies one of three local winter destinations.  If you’ve never experienced snow or just can’t get enough, visit the Snow Tubing Park at Cypress Mountain.  Feel the thrill of sliding down chutes in a snow tube and let the tube tow do all the work to get you back to the top.  If tubing doesn’t appeal, how about some snowshoeing?

Even closer to Vancouver, on the North shore, you’ll find Grouse Mountain where their Super Skyride whisks you to the best in local skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing and ice skating.  With 26 runs, the latest in lift technology and the most extensive snowmaking system around, Grouse Mountain is Vancouver’s favourite winter playground.  All this is just 15 minutes from downtown Vancouver.

After some enjoyment on the slopes head north on Highway 99 to Britannia Beach, stopping at the Britannia Mine Museum where you can travel back through time in a unique British Columbia copper mine.  A train ride through the mine, along with interpretive guides and hands-on activities bring history alive on an underground adventure suitable for all the family.  Allow approx. 1.5 hours here before continuing on to Shannon Falls.

Shannon Falls is 6 times higher than Niagara with a 335 metre (1099 feet) drop.  Short trails lead to several excellent views of the falls from the parking lot in Shannon Falls Provincial Park.  After visiting Shannon Falls, be sure to stop at the Sea to Sky Gondola, one of the newest attractions in the area. Glide above the town of Squamish as you enjoy incredible views of Howe Sound, Squamish Chief Mountain and Shannon Falls. Take advantage of the on-site cafe, children's play area and retail shopping before you climb aboard your 8-person gondola for the 10 minute ride to the top.  From Squamish, it's only a short drive to MTN Fun Basecamp where we suggest you spend the night.

CanaDream Club Partners on today's itinerary are:

Grouse Mountain
Britannia Mine Museum
MTN Fun Basecamp
Bald Eagle - Stock Photo
Day 2 - Squamish to Whistler - 60 km/38 mi
Stop this morning in Brackendale before continuing north.  Between mid-November and mid-February, thousands of bald eagles gather on the banks or rivers throughout the region to feed on the large numbers of spawning salmon.  Awe inspiring to watch, viewers can get up close and personal with these majestic birds by booking a float trip down the river with Sunwolf Adventure Centre, or watch from a distance at the Brackendale Eagle Reserve.   full details

Peak viewing is from mid-December to mid-January.  Eagle viewing is best enjoyed by the public from areas outside the park boundaries. The main "Eagle Run" viewing facility is located on the municipal dyke, across from the Easter Seal Camp on Government Road in Brackendale. Exit Highway 99 at Mamquam Road and head north on Government Road to the viewing area. An interpretive display explains the eagles and salmon life cycle.

Eagle Watch is a volunteer community-based interpretive program offered to help visitors at the Eagle Run viewing area to understand the eagles and salmon life cycle, and to get a close-up view through telescopes. Interpreters are on the dyke each weekend until early February.

Continue north on Highway 99.  Approx 20km before Whistler, look out for the turn-off to Brandywine Falls Provincial Park.  The spectacular 70 metre waterfall for which the park is named is best seen from the viewpoint which also presents some marvelous views of Daisy Lake and the surrounding mountains.  There is a day use area with picnic tables and pit toilets.  The park trails provide good beginner showshoe opportunities.

You should arrive in Whistler around mid-day.  This will give you plenty of time to plan your activities for the next 3 days.  A genuine winter wonderland, Whistler offers endless ways to enjoy the great outdoors.  From recognized winter activities to zip-lining and bungee jumping – it’s all right here.

There's a CanaDream Club partner campground 18km south of Whistler which is open year round and you may like to consider staying there.  Whistler RV Park and Campground is a fairly new campground with fabulous view of Black Tusk and the surrounding mountains.  All sites include a picnic table, fire ring and cable hookup.  There's also a CanaDream Club partner campground in the township of Whistler.  Riverside Resort  is spread over 40 acres of lawns, forest and green-space and offers year-round camping.

Overnight in Whistler.

CanaDream Club partners on today's itinerary are:

Whistler RV Park and Campground
Riverside Resort

Whistler Peak to Peak - Stock Photo
Day 3 - Whistler
Whistler’s Peak to Peak gondola is one of the “must-do” attractions at any time of the year in Whistler.  The gondola links Whistler Mountain’s Roundhouse Lodge with Blackcomb Mountain’s Rendezvous Restaurant and holds the world record for the longest free span between top towers at just over 3km.   full details

Facts aside, the trip between the two mountains offers spectacular views of the township of Whistler and the areas beyond.  For a bigger thrill, ride one of the ‘grey’ cars which have glass bottoms.  If ziplining is something you've always wanted to try, Ziptrek Ecotours are open year-round and offer four different ziplining tours close to the Whistler downtown area.  Call into their ticket office inside Garbanzo Bike & Bean and show them your CanaDream key tag to receive a discount.

This afternoon we suggest taking a 3 hour Dogsled trip into the magnificent old growth forest of the Callaghan Valley with Canadian Wilderness Adventures.  For an exhilarating and breathtaking adventure, let Blackcomb Helicopters take you over the peaks of Whistler/Blackcomb to view the spectacular scenery from above.

Overnight in Whistler 

CanaDream Club partners on today's itinerary are:

Canadian Wilderness Adventures 
Ziptrek Ecotours 
Riverside RV Resort
Whistler RV Park 
Blackcomb Helicopters 

Inukshuk overlooking Whistler - Stock Photo
Day 4 - Whistler
Spend another day enjoying everything Whistler has to offer.  How about some outdoor ice skating at Green Lake?  Skate rentals are available.  Skate for as long as your legs will carry you under the watchful eye of the magnificent mountains on Green Lake – an experience like no other. full details

If an indoor activity is more to your taste, we suggest you visit the Squamish Lil'Wat Cultural Centre.  During winter months, this centre is open Tuesday to Sunday from 10.00am to 5.00pm and showcases the art and heritage of the Squamish and Lil'wat Aboriginal people.  Learn the meaning behind traditional regalia, legends, carvings, art, songs and ceremonies. 

Tonight you may like to consider a mountain top fondue dinner at Crystal Hut, perched atop Blackcomb Mountain at 6000ft.  Chefs will treat you to a local interpretation of a traditional candle-lit fondue dinner accompanied by fine wine and followed by fresh baked fruit pie served hot from a wood fired oven.  For the adventurous you can drive yourself there in your own state of the art snowmobile or, for a more comfortable ride, you can ride in a heated luxury 19 passenger Snowcat.  This tour is also operated by Canadian Wilderness Adventures and discounts are available when booked through CanaDream.

Overnight in Whistler 

CanaDream Club partners on today's itinerary are:

Canadian Wilderness Adventures
Ziptrek Ecotours
Riverside RV Resort
Whistler RV Park 
Blackcomb Helicopters 

Gentian Peak near Lillooet, BC - Stock Photo
Day 5 - Whistler to Sun Peaks - 356 km/221 mi
Today you can choose to return to Vancouver on the Sea to Sky Highway or continue via Highway 99 on to the Okanagan where the famous "Okanagan Champagne Powder" awaits you before heading back to Vancouver.full details

The Pemberton Valley is threaded with rivers and steep walled alpine valleys punctuated with glacier fed lakes. Hidden in the hills are many natural hot springs, some popular and some kept secret. Be sure to ask locals for the best place to go and soak.  While in Pemberton, check to see if the Pemberton Distillery is offering Tasting and Tours that day.  These offer a fascinating insight into the handcrafted production of artisan spirits.

From Pemberton, the highway becomes the Duffy Lake Road (Highway 99) and winds through the most spectacular of the Coast Mountain peaks. At the start you will enter the Mount Currie Indian Reserve of the Lil'wat group of Stl'atl'lmx Nation. Your first Okanagan ski resort stop will be Sun Peaks, near Kamloops. From there it is only another 45 minutes to Sun Peaks Resort, Canada's second largest ski resort, where you can stay overnight in one of their designated unserviced RV parking spots.

Sun Peaks Resort - Courtesy Sun Peaks Resort Website
Day 6 - Sun Peaks Resort
Deep steeps, long cruisers, glade zones, powder stashes, and corduroy groomers can all be found within 4,270 acres of skiable terrain. full details
Three mountains surround a European-style, ski-through village filled with quaint shops, cafés and eateries. Sun Peaks has an abundance of activities and events for both on and off the slopes, leaving you wishing for more time at Canada's second largest ski area.
Camping at Silver Star Mountain Resort
Day 7 - Sun Peaks Resort to Silver Star Mountain Resort - 192km/120mi
The short drive from Sun Peaks to Silver Star Mountain Resort, near Vernon will give you enough time to ski in the afternoon. full details
Silver Star Mountain picturesque Victorian -style Resort is BC’ s third largest ski Resort boasting over 3,282 acres of ski & snowboard terrain spread across 4 mountain faces and has been voted Best Ski Resort in the Okanagan 6 years in a row. Overnight RV Parking is available without services.

CanaDream Club partners on today's route:

Silver Star Mountain Resort
Silver Star Mountain Village - Photo Credit SkiSilverStar.com
Days 8 and 9 - Ski at Silver Star
Spend two glorious days skiing at one of the best ski resorts in BC's Okanagan region.full details
100 km of Cross Country trail and excellent conditions draw the world elite to train here. An average snowfall of 700cm of champagne dry powder produces reliable fine conditions from late November to mid April.
Big White Ski Resort - Photo: Big White Ski Resort
Day 10 - Silver Star to Big White - 124km/77mi
If you want to ski Silver Star in the morning and head over to Big White in the afternoon, or leave early to ski the Kelowna Resort that day, you won’t miss a day off skiing while switching mountains.full details
Big White Ski Resort is a great destination for all types of skiers and snowboarders, offering wide expansive terrain, light dry powder, short lift lines and modern facilities. The Big White Village is home to the most ski-in/ski-out accommodations in Canada.

Overnight on designated RV Parking Lot at the base of the mountain.

CanaDream Club partners on today's route are:

Big White Ski Resort
Skiing and Big White, British Columbia - Photo: Big White Ski Resort
Day 11 - Big White Ski Resort
Located in scenic British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley, Big White is about 56 kilometers or 35 miles outside the town of Kelowna.full details

The ski area is situated on the side of Big White Mountain and offers terrain suited to span the spectrum of ability levels. The resort is an excellent family destination offering a wide array of family-friendly activities, including snowshoeing, tubing, skating, snowmobiling, dog sledding, horse-drawn sleigh rides and Nordic skiing.

 

Totem Pole, Hope, BC
Day 12 - Big White to Vancouver - 440km/273mi
Enjoy a drive on Highway 97C through the Cascade Range over the Coquihalla Summit (1,2444m) to Hope where the traveler can head east to Vancouver along either Highway 1 or Highway 7 towards the city of Vancouver.full details

Travel through the fields and dairy farms of the lower Fraser Valley. Overnight in the greater Vancouver area. We have four partner campgrounds here to choose from before returning your vehicle back to our location in Delta tomorrow.

CanaDream Club partners on today's route are:

Peach Arch RV Park
Burnaby Cariboo RV Park
Eagle Wind RV Park 

Vancouver Skyline
Day 13 - Vancouver
Today marks the end of your Winter Sea to Sky adventure. Unless you have arranged a later drop-off, your vehicle should be returned to our Vancouver location before 10:00.full details

If you are planning to stay longer in Vancouver, ask our friendly cast members for ideas about things to do in the city. We offer a free shuttle service to Vancouver airport and to airport and airport hotels. If you need to go downtown, we can arrange a taxi for you (your cost) or drop you back at the Templeton Skytrain station so you can catch a train downtown.

We can also book a downtown or airport hotel for you at a discounted rate. Ask for details. If you enjoyed this tour itinerary, please check out the other tours on our website.

We look forward to welcoming you back as a CanaDream Guest in the future.

Alta Lake, Whistler in Winter - Stock Photo
Acknowledgements
CanaDream wishes to thank Vancouver Coast and Mountains and Hello BC for their permission to reproduce parts of this itinerary. full details
Hello BC has a number of other interesting tour ideas in its Circle Routes brochure available from Tourism BC information centres.



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