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Sea to Sky Highway Day Trip from Vancouver: Shannon Falls, Britannia Mine and Gondola Ride

  • Day trip from Vancouver to the Sea to Sky Highway
  • Feel the spray of Shannon Falls, British Columbia’s third-tallest waterfall
  • Be wowed by the views of Howe Sound and surrounding mountains during the 10-minute Sea to Sky Gondola ride
Sea to Sky Highway Day Trip from Vancouver: Shannon Falls, Britannia Mine and Gondola Ride
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Sea to Sky Highway Day Trip from Vancouver: Shannon Falls, Britannia Mine and Gondola Ride
Experience the essence of British Columbia on a full-day excursion along the Sea-to-Sky Highway! Leave Vancouver for a 7-hour trip through mountainous terrain and along Howe Sound to visit Shannon Falls — BC’s third largest waterfall — ride the Sea-to-Sky Gondola and pan for gold at the Britannia Mine Museum. You’ll have plenty of time throughout to trek along forest trails, buy lunch and participate in optional activities.
What to Expect
Your full-day tour of the Sea-to-Sky corridor begins with morning pickup from select hotels in Vancouver. A friendly guide will welcome you aboard the private coach and set off across Lion’s Gate Bridge into the rocky wilderness. Cruise along the Sea-to-Sky Highway, soaking up views of coastal mountains and Howe Sound speckled with unspoiled islands. 

After about 36 miles (56 km), you’ll pass through the coastal town of Horseshoe Bay and break at Shannon Falls Provincial Park. Stretch your legs with a 10-minute trail walk through the forest until you reach the falls. From the lookout deck, watch BC’s third tallest waterfall cascade 1,100 feet (335 meters) into a chilly pool. 

From there, head to the Sea-to-Sky Gondola, where you'll ride up to the vista point perched 2,900 feet (885 meters) above sea level. From this epic viewpoint, you’ll have 360-degree views of Howe Sound, Shannon Falls and the undulating mountain ranges that border the area. Enjoy some free time to take a trail walk, stroll across the Sky Pilot Suspension Bridge, fuel up at the Summit Restaurant (own expense) or get cozy in the lodge.

When you’ve seen enough at the top of the world, head into some of the earth’s bountiful caverns on a tour of the Britannia Mine Museum. Back in the coach, you’ll cruise to tranquil town of Britannia Beach, a 19th-century hotspot for copper mining and National Historic Site. Here, you’ll have the option to tour the mine, pan for gold and view historic exhibits before the leisurely ride back to Vancouver. 

Your 7-hour excursion concludes back at your departure point in the evening.
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Wonderful tour with a great guide!!!

What a great tour. After taking the cruise, we could not book the tour through the ship because it was too full. We took a chance and the day before booked the tour with Landsea Tours. I think it worked out for better. Our friends...More

Thank Resort287354
Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Delightful even on a gloomy day

On the day I went it was gloomy, foggy and drizzling... but I still enjoyed the experience. Even though I didn't get the far away views from the mountain top, the fog gave the place an ethereal, magical feeling like hiking through the clouds.

1  Thank Anna Z
Reviewed 4 weeks ago
fantastic day trip to Squamish B.C

We book3ed this day trip online in advance; Kaitlin , our driver, met us in our hotel lobby right on time and we were off; First stop was Horseshoe Bay, a charming small seaside village where we had coffee and picked up some snacks for...More

1  Thank NB5032
LandseaToursLTD, General Manager at Landsea Tours and Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi NB5032, thank you for sharing your experience on our Sea to Sky Tour. We're thrilled to hear that you and your family had a great time! Creating amazing experiences is what we love to do for our guests. While it seems that overall you...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Super well-organised & run fun trip

Boy this company really knows how to run a tour! Our guide & driver Kaylee(hope that's the correct spelling) was wonderful. She handled the traffic, us and the tour commentary with good humour and great local knowledge. A fun wide-ranging tour for all ages.

Thank Nomadsjandp
Reviewed 10 August 2018 via mobile
Bring cash for tips- they deserve it

This tour was absolutely great. We chose this specific one because we wanted more time to experience other things because of our short stay here. The gondola was super cool and the views are great - on the drive and at the top of the...More

2  Thank Kevin M
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Response from Josie L | Reviewed this property |
I think it would be better to ring the company - they may have a wheel chair friendly bus- but I don't know.