Sea to Sky Gondola in Squamish – Outdoor Adventure

A gateway to adventure in Squamish, the Sea to Sky Gondola packs in amazing views of the Howe Sound and coastal mountains, plus scenic walks, cozy lodge cafés, and a dramatic suspension bridge. It’s one of the best things to do in Squamish or as a day trip from Vancouver. See what makes the Sea to Sky Gondola in Squamish worth a trip! While you are there, check out the trails at the Sea to Sky Gondola, which are perfect for the outdoor enthusiast.

What is the Sea to Sky Gondola?

Ok, so you might be picturing one of those cute Italian boats you’d see in Venice, but this is a whole different gondola. The Sea to Sky Gondola in Squamish is a cable car that takes you through the Squamish Valley, bursting with some of the very best panoramic views over the forested valley coastal forests, and Howe Sound.

Once the 10-minute ride in the gondola cars to the top ends, you’re free to appreciate the rest that the experience offers. There are beginners and advanced trails at the Sea to Sky Gondola, interpretive walks, viewing platforms and lodges, dining options, an incredible suspension bridge, and even rock climbing and backcountry routes. There’s a little something for everyone at this popular spot in the town of Squamish!

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Where is the Sea to Sky Gondola? 

It’s located in the community of Squamish within the province of British Columbia in Canada. It’s located along the Sea-to-Sky Highway right next to the Howe Sound and is surrounded by the gorgeous landscapes of the Stawamus Chief Provincial Park. It is a great day trip as it is about an hour from downtown Vancouver.

If you are making your way to Whistler village, this tourist attraction is a popular attraction along the Sea-to-Sky Highway with Shannon Falls and the Britannia Mine Museum in Britannia Beach.

Fun Facts About the Sea to Sky Gondola in Squamish

  • The gondola cabins have been custom-made by Swiss manufacturer CWA and the gondola itself is manufactured by Austrian manufacturer Doppelmayr.
  • The ride reaches up to an impressive 2,907-foot (886-meter) elevation with a spectacular view of the coastal mountain range.
  • The gondola cable cars are wheelchair accessible and open to everyone, kids included!
  • It opened in 2014, so it’s still fairly new!
  • Squamish proclaims itself to be the “Outdoor Recreation Capital of Canada” and the Sea to Sky Gondola definitely embodies that! The Squamish area is popular for biking, hiking, fishing, scuba diving, windsurfing, and so much more! There really are endless activities for outdoor enthusiasts.
  • There are impressive views of the Howe Sound and coastal mountains all around the area.

Activities at Sea to Sky Gondola

There’s something for everyone to enjoy here! Whether you’re into nature, stellar views, food, or adventure, you’ll find something here and have a great time! There is a reason it is a popular day trip from Vancouver for tourists and locals.

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The Gondola

Start at the bottom of the Stawamus Chief mountain and make your way up the 10-minute cable car ride along the gondola line. Once you’re at the top, you’ll have ascended a whopping 886-meters (2,907-feet) with fantastic views of the Howe Sound and coastal mountains within this lush piece of Squamish!

As for the gondola cabins, they are adorable and well-made! 39 gondolas are operating that hold 8 passengers each, so there’s plenty of room for a group of friends or family! They also use comfortable padded seats and floor-to-ceiling glass windows for spectacular views in literally every direction. It’s a thrilling adventure and makes for one of the best things to do in Squamish, BC! You literally get a bird’s eye view of the whole area on a clear day.

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Sky Pilot Suspension Bridge

It might not be as long as the Capilano Suspension Bridge (another must-see day trip from Vancouver and one of my favourites), but it’s still a lot of fun with awesome views! It stretches above the lush Alpine reaching around 100 meters long.

And if heights scare you, you’ll be glad to know that the Sky Pilot Suspension Bridge is definitely less wobbly than Capilano. It’s also the perfect spot for Squamish photo ideas and inspiration with the views of the Howe Sound and coastal mountains of Stawamus Chief! You absolutely don’t want to miss out on a walk across this bridge when you visit.

Viewing Platforms at Sea to Sky Gondola in Squamish

Soak up some of the most incredible views of Stawamus Chief and the Howe Sound at one of the three viewing platforms. These viewing decks help to create gorgeous backdrops for photo ideas and inspiration in Squamish!

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Summit Lodge Viewing Deck

When you hop off the gondola, you’ll be just a hop and a skip away from the Summit Lodge Viewing Deck. Here you can enjoy the 5,000 sq/ft deck and its superb views of Howe Sound and surrounding mountain ranges and alpine forests.

It’s also attached to the Summit Lodge, which serves as an eatery and bar. Grab a drink, some snacks, and revel in the good views. Stick around for a glorious sunset casting down on the Sound.

Bonus! Are you visiting the Sea to Sky Gondola in the summer? This viewing deck hosts tons of events like live music, yoga classes for those that practice yoga, wine pairing dinners, and more!

Spirit Viewing Platform

Reached by crossing the beautiful Sky Pilot Suspension Bridge or walking the Spirit Trail, this platform offers a different experience. It’s the perfect spot for nature and history lovers looking to learn about the landscapes. That’s because they have dotted the trail with fun information displays where you can learn all about the surrounding landscape, including its wildlife and Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Nation (Squamish Nation) history.

Then, it’s also one of the best spots for photo ideas and inspiration at the Sea to Sky Gondola! It’s even been used as a wedding venue and certainly engagement and wedding photo spot, too.

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Chief Overlook Viewing Platform

Hanging over hundreds of metres of the coastal mountains, this is the perfect platform to get your adrenalin kicking as you stand close to the edge. It’s absolutely picturesque, and the photos you can get here are equally as perfect!

Around you, you’ll have the Stawamus Chief, Mamquam Valley, Howe Sound, as well as gorgeously clear views of Mount Atwell.

You can find the Chief Overlook Viewing Platform from the middle of the Panorama Trail and is around a 10 to 20 minute walk from Summit Lodge.

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Hiking at Sea to Sky Gondola in Squamish

One of the best things to do in Squamish is hiking! Seriously, the landscapes and natural beauty here should be fully embraced, and hiking is the best way to do that. The walking trails at the Sea to Sky Gondola are made for adventure lovers.

Front Country Trails

There are six front country trails to trek along when you visit Sea to Sky Gondola. They are all beginner-friendly or intermediate, so they’re ideal no matter what shape the trail finds you in. Squamish really is the outdoor capital of Canada!

Spirit Trail: This 400-metre trail takes about 20 minutes to walk, so it’s the best hike if you’re short on time. But don’t skip this trail just because it’s short! It takes you on a walk through the land’s history and its First Nations people.

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Panorama Trail: Through old-growth forests and picturesque vistas, this trail brings you to the Chief Overlook Viewing Platform. It’s beginner-friendly, 1.3 km, and takes 30 to 60 minutes.

Wonderland Lake Loop: This is such a beautiful trail, taking you onto a boardwalk around a lily-pad-filled lake and tons of natural beauty! It’s beginner/intermediate, a 1.6 km loop, and takes 30 to 60 minutes.

See the rest of the front country trails.

Back Country Trails

Dive into some more adventurous hiking in this area of the Squamish backcountry in the coast mountains. There are so many options for trails at the Sea to Sky Gondola if you have the time.

Sea to Summit Trail: If you’re looking for a climbing adventure, this trail is a must! It’s for intermediate and advanced hikers, and it will bring you to the base of the facilities. So, you only need to pay $15 for the gondola ride back down! There’s a money-saving tip for an ambitious hiker. It’s 6.5 km one way and takes around 3 to 5 hours. You’ll need a BC Parks Pass to do the hike. Here are all the details.

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Shannon Basin Loop: This fun, intermediate trail takes you deep into the back country’s natural beauty. It also flaunts impressive views of Goat Ridge, Shannon Creek, and Sky Pilot. It’s 9.7 km and takes 2 to 3 hours to complete.

Al’s Habrich Trail: The epitome of backcountry hiking in Squamish, this trail is a must for advanced hikers. You’ll get epic views of the landscapes along with Howe Sound and the Sky Point Suspension Bridge. It’s 8.4 km and takes 3 to 6 hours return.

See the rest of the back-country trails.

Sea to Sky Gondola FAQs

How much are tickets for the Sea to Sky Gondola?

You can buy your tickets online at a cheaper rate. Your purchase gives you access to the entire facility and one round trip ride on the gondola. See the current prices here.

How much is parking?

FREE! Guest parking is open from 8 a.m. until one hour after closing.

Is it pet-friendly?

Pets are not allowed up the gondola, but there is a ride down only option for dogs. Here is their dog policy.

Is the Sky Pilot Suspension Bridge wheelchair accessible?

Yep! It is both stroller and wheelchair accessible.

Can you make reservations for the Sea-to-Sky Gondola?

No. The tickets you buy online can be used anytime. However, special event tickets must be purchased in advance.

Riding the cable car at the Sea to Sky Gondola in Squamish is a must-have experience! Whether you’re looking for things to do in Squamish or a day trip from Vancouver, the gondola plus the amazing trails and viewpoints, make this destination a hot pick for a good time!

A special thank you to the Sea to Sky Gondola for the opportunity to visit. All opinions are my own.


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Leave a Comment

  1. Gorgeous photos girl, we live in such a beautiful part of the world! I’ve yet to do the Gondola actually but have done many hikes around the area and they’re all so breathtaking. After reading this I really want to go up now!

    Alicia xx

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  2. Alli Smith wrote:

    That suspension bridge looks amazing AND terrifying! I would definitely have to look straight ahead. The views are beautiful and I would love to do the Gondola ride. I’d also like to visit in the winter and snowshoe. I’ve never done that before and I’ve always wanted to try it.

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    • I cant wait for the winter, I would die to go snow shoeing. I will have to go back up for sure.

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  3. kathleen kennedy leon wrote:

    These pictures are amazing!!! what a view and a trip. I am not sure how great I’d be about going across that suspension bridge!! You are BRAVE!!! I would really enjoy the sky rail ride-that is my speed!

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  4. Leslie Nichole wrote:

    This place looks amazing! I’d totally be willing to go. It looks like you guys had a lot of fun.

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  5. Brianna Picard wrote:

    Fantastic Pictures! I’ll add this to my list 🙂

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  6. mckenna bleu wrote:

    That is SO beautiful!!! That looks amazing! What a fun adventure!

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  7. Michelle Mullins wrote:

    These pictures are BEAUTIFUL! I don’t know how I feel about going back to winter though–I like the warm weather!

    Michelle |

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  8. What a fun experience! I’d love to try to visit this place. The views must have been breathtaking in person. The photos are beautiful.

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  9. WhatWouldVWear wrote:

    OMG! These pics are everything!! One of these days I need to visit Canada! The views are breathtaking, B!

    Happy Monday, love!
    xoxo, Vanessa

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  10. This looks like so much fun and the views are incredible! If I ever visit, I’m giving this a try!

    Cristina /

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  11. KatieCarlson721 wrote:

    Wow! Looks amazing. Thanks for all the great images too!

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  12. Jenny wrote:

    You live in such a gorgeous place, lady! I am dying to visit Canada.
    xoxo, Jenny

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  13. This looks like a beautiful getaway. The mister and I would love a place like this. The views are incredible.

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  14. Lisa Jones acouponaddict wrote:

    WOW!! It Looks Like A Amazing Place To Visit I’m In AW!!! Must Plan A Vacation & Stop By To Enjoy Myself Thank You!

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  15. Liz Mays wrote:

    Now that is so cool! The views up there are incredible. I think hiking up there would be a lot of fun.

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    • I really wanna hike up there next time i go!! Thank you for stopping by Liz!

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  16. Pam wrote:

    What a fun getaway and adventure! How funny that you saw people searching for Pokemon up there!

    Posted 8.1.16 Reply
    • Ya its kinds funny watching people play it when there around such a break taking view!

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  17. Angelle Marix wrote:

    Looks amazing!! Gorgeous views ❤️ I know that y’all had a blast.


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  18. Merima Kopić wrote:

    So stunning.
    Take me there.

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  19. Anna Hubbard wrote:

    You have the coolest adventures! I always love seeing your photos!
    -Anna |

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  20. Brandy wrote:

    wow I love this adventure, looks like a super fun time! I love things that get the adrenaline rushing!

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  21. Amanda Tempel wrote:

    Wow, it is truly breathtaking there! It looks like a must-visit for sure! I can only imagine actually seeing the view in person.

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  22. Molly Hogan wrote:

    OMG these pics are AMAZING! This looks like so much fun.


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  23. This is EVERYTHING I want to be doing right now. especially that rope bridge!! Breathtaking photos.

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  24. Amanda K wrote:

    This is just breathtaking! I would love to visit!

    Amanda ||

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  25. Anna Baun wrote:

    These photos are beyond fabulous! This sounds like such a FUN excursion! LOVE all of these great photos! XO

    Anna || A Lily Love Affair

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  26. Nope, nope, nope! This would not be for me. Though, I really admire your photos. They look beautiful. I’ll just keep admiring them from here.

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  27. Molly wrote:

    Wow this looks so beautiful. The scenery is amazing. Awesome pics!

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  28. Abby Grajewski wrote:

    Going on the bucket list for sure. So beautiful!

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  29. What a cool adventure! I had no idea there was anything like this! I’m heading to Canada for the first time next week. I definitely know where my second trip will be to!

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  30. Greta Hollar wrote:

    What a gorgeous place! This is definitely going on my list of places to visit.

    Greta |

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  31. Patricia Conte wrote:

    Amazing!! Those views! That footbridge! Wow, I’m sure you had a wonderful experience!

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  32. blm03 wrote:

    This looks like so much fun! I have second the amazing views! Wow!!!

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  33. Sami Mast wrote:

    This seems like such an incredible place, but also terrifying since I’m afraid of heights, haha! But those views are totally worth it!


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  34. Carrie Colbert wrote:

    How cool! I’d love to check it out.


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  35. Wow stunning views! Definitely adding to my bucket list. I would love to do the yoga class too. 🙂

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  36. Nora Gouma wrote:

    Truly breathtaking pictures, I love your amazing post, thanks for sharing, both of you look absolutely gorgeous!!!


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  37. Breath taking and beautiful photos. Adding this to my bucket list. xx

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  38. Alex wrote:

    Holy cow, these pictures are to die for!!! I definitely need to add this to my travel list!

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  39. This looks so cool! I want to go!!

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  40. Bonnie G wrote:

    Wow! You go to the most amazing looking places. Your pictures are gorgeous!

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  41. Laura S. wrote:

    These pics remind me of why I’m so happy to call Canada home. Can’t wait to make it out to BC and explore!
    xo, Laura

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  42. chubskulit wrote:

    Oh my goodness, what a breathtaking view this place is. Love all you guys photos.

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  43. Tamara wrote:

    Wow!!! This place is absolutely breathtaking! Lovely pictures Bella!


    Tamara –

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  44. Amanda Love wrote:

    Wow! That view is stunning. It’s definitely worth the journey. This is something that I’d love to take my husband to, it’s quite an experience!

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  45. Amy wrote:

    The views look gorgeous!! I need to visit one day!


    Amy | Pastel N Pink

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  46. Elana wrote:

    Oh my gosh that is one of the most incredible places I have ever seen. I want to go there so badly!

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  47. This looks like so much fun! Though I have to say that the bridge gives me anxiety looking at it! lol

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  48. Becca Wilson wrote:

    This looks like such an awesome place to visit. I love all of the views!

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  49. The view looks amazing. I would like to go there. I like the pictures!

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  50. Meagan Donovan wrote:

    These pictures are breathtaking! So glad you were able to visit!

    -Meagan | Love by Meagan

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  51. Simply beautiful, there is nothing like getting outdoors and experiencing that kind of scenery and fresh air! Great tips too!

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