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Escape the bustle of Vancouver on a private half-day trip to some of British Columbia’s finest natural and cultural attractions. On this custom 6-hour tour with a private guide, drive along the Sea to Sky Highway, through breathtaking mountainous terrain and along Howe Sound. Along the way, visit Shannon Falls — BC’s third largest waterfall — pan for gold at the Britannia Mine Museum, and spot eagles at the Brackendale Eagle Habitat. You’ll have plenty of time throughout to take photos and explore on foot.

Highlights

  • 6-hour private tour from Vancouver to Britannia Mine, Shannon Falls and Brackendale Eagle Habitat
  • Take an underground tour and pan for gold at the Britannia Mine Museum
  • Be awed by Shannon Falls, one of British Columbia’s tallest waterfalls
  • Enjoy lunch and watch for eagles overhead at the Brackendale Eagle Habitat on the Squamish River
  • Admire views of Howe Sound out the window of your private vehicle as you travel north on the Sea to Sky Highway

What You Can Expect

Private Tour: Britannia Mine Museum, Shannon Falls and Eagle Habitat from Vancouver

Britannia Mine Museum, Shannon Falls and Eagle Habitat from Vancouver

Your 6-hour personalized nature and history tour begins with morning hotel pickup in Vancouver. Meet your guide and climb aboard the private vehicle, then sit back and admire British Columbia’s dramatic scenery. You’ll cruise out of the city and north along the Sea to Sky Highway, soaking up views of coastal mountains and Howe Sound speckled with unspoiled islands. 

After about 30 minutes, you’ll drive into tranquil town of Britannia Beach, a 19th-century hotspot for copper mining and National Historic Site. Break at the Britannia Mine Museum, where you’ll have two hours to tour the mine, pan for gold and view historic exhibits before continuing on. 

Hop back in the car and pass through the coastal town of Horseshoe Bay toward Shannon Falls Provincial Park. Disembark and enjoy 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. 

Next, head to Brackendale Eagle Habitat, you final stop on the tour. From your viewpoint on the Squamish River, you’ll have stellar views of eagles plunging into the rushing water for spawning salmon. Enjoy free time to take a trail walk and fuel up on a hearty two-course lunch that includes salad or soup; a main course of wild salmon, BBQ chicken or half a rack of ribs; and veggie sides like asparagus, corn and potato salad (menu subject to change) — all accompanied by complimentary coffee, tea and non-alcoholic refreshments. 

After lunch, relax on the return trip to Vancouver. Your half-day excursion concludes back at your departure point in the afternoon.

Customer Reviews

Stephen H

4 star rating: Recommended June 2015

We had a wonderful tour. Our driver arrived on time at our hotel to pick us up. He was extremely knowledgable about the area pointing out points of interest along the drive. At the mine we definitely had a private tour of the facility as we lucked out being the only ones on it. At Shannon Falls he walked up with us and acted as our photographer. Lunch by the river with breathtaking views and on the way home our driver made an extra stop at Tim Hortons so the kids could try their very first donuts from the chain. More points of interest pointed out on the way home. It was a lovely way to spend the day outside of Vancouver.

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