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Experience the essence of British Columbia on a full-day excursion along the Sea-to-Sky Highway! Leave the Vancouver area 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.
  • Day trip from Vancouver (or Richmond) 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
  • Take a panoramic nature walk at the top of the gondola, or walk across the Sky Pilot Suspension Bridge
  • Learn about BC’s mining history at the Britannia Mine Museum
Your full-day tour of the Sea-to-Sky corridor begins with morning pickup from select hotels in Vancouver and Richmond. 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 a 40-minute drive (approx.), you’ll stop at the coastal community of Horseshoe Bay before continuing to 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. Here, you’ll have the option to tour the mine, pan for gold, view historic exhibits, and enjoy educational displays before the leisurely ride back to your departure point.


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, Jul 2018

Shannon Falls was a beautiful sight. Going up the gondola have you gorgeous views of the glacial mountains. The only part that was just okay was the britannica mine. I didn’t have time to stifle through for treasure but I did get some good pictures. Howe Sound is just amazing:)

, Jul 2018

We wish we had more time to explore many of the sites we visited but it was great to get a good sense of different areas to explore next time on our own. Also, Kaitlyn, our tour guide was awesome.

, Jun 2018

An excellent tour from start to finish. Our guide was Joe. The first things he did was ask if anyone was hungry and made an extra stop for us to get a quick breakfast. He was super informative and friendly. Even though we only had a specific amount of time at each stop, we never felt rushed. Shannon falls and the gondola ride are really cool. The mine tour at the end was very informative and fun. It starts with a train ride into the mine, which both my kids loved.

, May 2018

Amazing tour!

, Oct 2017

great time

, Oct 2017

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.

, Sep 2017

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.

, Sep 2017

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

, Sep 2017

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.

, Sep 2017

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.

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