Vancouver Day Trip - Sea to Sky Drive

Sea to Sky Drive to Whistler, including Howe Sound, Squamish, Shannon Falls & Stawamus Chief


Coastal Mountains
Coastal Mountains
Olympic Village


Why Go: The road from Vancouver to Whistler, Sea to Sky Highway, is one of the beautiful roads in the world. Once you get to Whistler, you will find one of North America's finest and largest ski villages, with year around appeal.

What you can do: The drive from Vancouver to Whistler, Sea to Sky Highway, should not be rushed. You will want to enjoy the views and stops along the way. The trip to Whistler is normally about 90 minutes. We suggest you plan to arrive around noon. Howe Sound is the waterway on your left for the first two-thirds of the drive. You will pass Horseshoe Bay ferry landing, a ferry service to Vancouver Island, Bowen Island and Langdale. Further along the way, you will pass Lions Bay, Furry Creek and Britannia Beach before the town of Squamish. Near Squamish, look for Shannon Falls and the rock climbers dream, Stawamus Chief, a sheer rock face, facing Squamish. From Squamish you head inland where you complete the last 35 miles (58 km), about 50 minutes, through the Coastal Mountains to Whistler.

Once in Whistler, you will want to walk through Whistler Lower Village. The main Olympic venue is at the lower end of the lower village. Here you will find shops, restaurants, galleries and sportswear along with plenty of Whistler and Vancouver 2010 Olympic gear.  It is also a pleasant stroll across the river to the Upper Village, on the Blackcomb Mountain side. In the Upper Village are other shops, restaurants and hotels, each with their own charm. Everyone visiting Whistler should plan to ride the PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola. The skiing in the winter is some of the best in North America. Whistler is a hiking and biking paradise in the summer and fall.

Travel portion: Vancouver to Whistler is about 1.5 to 2 hours by car, driving on the famous Sea to Sky Highway. There are bus and train options as well.

Specific Directions: HWY 99 runs right through downtown. Take HWY 99 north, all the way to Whistler and Back to Vancouver. As you leave Vancouver, take the W. Georgia road through Stanley Park and over the Lions Gate Bridge into North Vancouver. Follow the same route back to Vancouver.

Food options: Breakfast in Vancouver. Enjoy lunch and dinner in Whistler. Consider Splitz Grill or Crepe Montagne for lunch. We suggest Araxi or Elements Urban Tapas for dinner.