• Location: Vancouver, Canada
  • Duration: 7 hours (approx.)
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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.

Highlights

  • 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
  • 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
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off included

What You Can Expect

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

Take in the Breathtaking Views

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.

Customer Reviews

Yammer

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

great time

R C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 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.

Dana B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

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

anita717

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 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.

Lorraine G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

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

Brendong P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

This tour was amazing!

Lynette V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

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

Jenny C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

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!

Judith P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

Wonderful extremely scenic day out -beautiful drive. Shannon Falls gorgeous, Brittania mine tour very interesting could pan for something glittery afterwards.. Gondola ride was great and time to choose from various lunch options, shop for souvenirs and go on various short walks including a suspension bridge within the generous time frame. Very comfortable coach and friendly driver.I enjoyed this tour very much

Lynn H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

Really enjoyed this day. Shannon Falls are amazing. The Gondola Ride takes you to high heights and the views would be amazing, but the smoke from the forest fires spoit ours, but it was still a great experience. Britannia Mine was also good.
To Sum Up - A Great day, and I would recommend this tour.

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