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Sea-to-Sky Highway Route

Sea-to-Sky Highway, Howe Sound

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Sea-to-Sky Highway Route

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1 to 3 days, 131.79 km (81.89 mi)

Lost Lake, Whistler (Julian Aspe photo)
Lost Lake, Whistler (Julian Aspe photo)

Travel along the Sea-to-Sky corridor (Highway 99) from Vancouver to just north of Whistler. Discover scenic ocean vistas, soaring mountains, dramatic waterfalls, bustling communities, parks and outdoor activities.

Seven interpretive kiosks, designed in the shape of cedar-bark hats, are part of the Cultural Journey component of the route. Heading north, stop at kiosks 1 through 5, as they are on the east side of the highway. Southbound, stop at kiosks 6 and 7 on the west side of the highway.

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Stanley Park Seawall, Albert Normandin photo
Part 1
Vancouver

6.25 km - about 0 hours 9 min

Start in downtown Vancouver with a visit to iconic Stanley Park; watch marine life at the Vancouver Aquarium and stroll along the seawall. Explore Vancouver’s history by visiting Gastown – the city’s birthplace – and Chinatown, home to the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden and a lively summer night market. Cross the Lions Gate Bridge to reach North Vancouver and West Vancouver.

Capilano Suspension Bridge, JF Bergeron photo
Part 2
North Vancouver and West Vancouver

21.32 km - about 0 hours 22 min

In North Vancouver, step along the thrilling Capilano Suspension Bridge, which swings 135m/450ft above ground. From early spring to early fall, hike the gruelling Grouse Grind (dubbed “Mother Nature’s Stairmaster”) and indulge in a burger on top of the mountain. Ride the aerial tram down, then head to West Vancouver for scenic views of Howe Sound and the Georgia Strait at Whytecliff and Lighthouse parks.

Horseshoe Bay Ferry
Part 3
Horseshoe Bay

1.86 km - about 0 hours 1 min

From West Vancouver, take Highway 99 towards Squamish. Along the way, detour west to Horseshoe Bay to dig into crispy fish ‘n’ chips and watch the ferries sailing into port. A waterfront playground makes a great family rest stop. The first cultural interpretive kiosk is near Horseshoe Bay.

Porteau Cove Provincial Park, BC Parks photo
Part 4
Porteau Cove Provincial Park

24.66 km - about 0 hours 17 min

North of Horseshoe Bay is Porteau Cove Provincial Park, a popular scuba diving destination. Artificial shipwrecks and reefs support hundreds of species of marine life, such as octopus, lingcod and starfish. Not a diver? Explore the rocky beach or take a dip in the ocean.

Furry Creek Golf Course, Cathy Lukovich photo
Part 5
Scenic Golfing

2.41 km - about 0 hours 2 min

Just north of Porteau Cove, Furry Creek's greens line the waters of Howe Sound, making it one of BC's most scenic golf courses. Tee off from Hole 14 (the signature hole) to be immersed in classic west coast scenery: islands, ocean and mountains.

Part 6
Britannia Beach

6.07 km - about 0 hours 4 min

Continue north to Britannia Beach to visit the Britannia Mine Museum National Historic Site. Today it showcases the history of the mine and the area, but it was once home to the largest copper producing mine in the British Commonwealth. Board a mining train and travel deep into an old mining tunnel. Pan for gold, engage in interactive exhibits and see historic mining equipment. Cultural kiosk 2 is near Britannia Beach.

Murrin Provincial Park
Part 7
Murrin Provincial Park

2.68 km - about 0 hours 2 min

Just north of Britannia Beach, Murrin Provincial Park's rock climbing walls (with names such as “Petrifying Wall” and “Bog Wall”) provide excellent and varied climbing opportunities that range from novice to expert. Post-climb, relax tired muscles with a swim in the park's lake or walk around the pleasant lakeside trail.

Shannon Falls Provincial Park, Albert Normandin photo
Part 8
Shannon Falls Provincial Park

4.09 km - about 0 hours 3 min

Be sure to stop at Shannon Falls Provincial Park. These dramatic falls rise 335m/1,099ft above Highway 99, making them some of the highest in the province. Walk an easy trail to the viewpoint to watch the cascading waters up close.

View from the Stawamus Chief, Dannielle Hayes photo
Part 9
Stawamus Chief

1.82 km - about 0 hours 1 min

The Stawamus Chief is hard to miss: it’s considered one of the largest granite monoliths in the world and its sheer rock face dominates the view from the highway. Adventurous visitors can try scaling the walls of this world-class climbing destination. Not a climber? Hike one of the challenging peak trails for fantastic views of Howe Sound and the Squamish Valley, or look for peregrine falcons, which frequently nest here. Kiosk 3 covers information about Shannon Falls and the Stawamus Chief.

Kiteboarding at Squamish Spit
Part 10
Squamish

2.70 km - about 0 hours 2 min

Squamish, billed as the “Outdoor Recreation Capital of Canada,” is an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise. Zoom down more than 600 mountain biking trails that weave through old-growth forests, windsurf at the Squamish Spit, or hike in a provincial park. Learn more about the area's history at Kiosk 4 near the Squamish Adventure Centre.

Cap off the day’s adventure with a locally brewed beer (named for iconic Sea-to-Sky landmarks) and fresh food at a restaurant, or with a visit to one of Squamish’s many art galleries. Overnight in Squamish.

Bald eagle in Brackendale, Tom Ryan photo
Part 11
Brackendale

7.32 km - about 0 hours 5 min

North of Squamish is Brackendale, home to one of the highest concentrations of wintering bald eagles in North America. From November to February, look for these magnificent birds feeding on salmon from the main “Eagle Run” viewing facility. Or, take an “Eagle Safari” to cruise down the Squamish River via boat.

Garibaldi Provincial Park
Part 12
Garibaldi Provincial Park

25.49 km - about 0 hours 17 min

En route to Whistler is Garibaldi Provincial Park, which commands 94,000ha/480,000ac of backcountry. Trek to clear lakes and alpine wildflowers in the summer, or go mountaineering, snowshoeing or backcountry skiing to snow-covered volcanic remnants in the winter. Five different access points are located along the highway.

Alexander Falls
Part 13
Alexander Falls and Interpretive Forest

12.80 km - about 0 hours 8 min

For a quick waterfall sidetrip, detour west from Highway 99 via Callaghan Valley road to Alexander Falls Recreation Site. View a serene waterfall, take in scenic mountain views and watch for wildlife, such as black bears, alongside the road. Backtrack to Highway 99 and continue north. Just before Whistler is the Whistler Interpretive Forest Recreation Site, containing a 3,000ha/9,000ac network of trails that are perfect for walking, mountain biking and cross-country skiing. Cultural kiosk 5 is just south of Whistler.

Whistler PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola
Part 14
Whistler and Optional Routes

12.32 km - about 0 hours 10 min

Whistler is consistently ranked one of the top four-season resorts in North America, and boasts a number of outdoor activities: cross-country skiing, hiking, mountain biking and world-renowned downhill skiing and snowboarding. Take the PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola to hit the best slopes – or trails – in one day on both of Whistler’s mountains. Dine on the mountaintop or at award-winning restaurants in the pedestrian-only village. Learn about the local First Nations at the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre, housed in a stunning and eco-friendly designated LEED building (LEED is a national program promoting sustainable and green building and development practices).

If returning to Vancouver via the Sea-to-Sky, look for cultural kiosk 6 near Garibaldi Provincial Park and kiosk 7 south of Britannia Beach.

Optional: For a different scenic route back to Vancouver, follow Highway 99 north to Pemberton, which offers exhilarating paragliding and soaring opportunities. Continue north to Lillooet; the stretch of Highway 99 between Pemberton and Lillooet is also known as Duffey Lake Road, and features spectacular roadside scenery. Highlights include hiking at Joffre Lakes Provincial Park.

Optional: From Lillooet, continue north or head south down the Fraser Canyon via Highway 12 and Highway 1 back to Vancouver.

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Driving Directions

Part 1 - Vancouver - 6.25 km - about 0 hours 9 min
1.

Head northwest on W Waterfront Rd toward W Cordova St

0.39 km
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Continue onto W Cordova St

0.09 km
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Turn right onto Burrard St

0.17 km
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Take the 2nd right onto W Pender St

1.01 km
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Continue onto W Georgia St/BC-1A NContinue to follow BC-1A N

4.59 km
Part 2 - North Vancouver and West Vancouver - 21.32 km - about 0 hours 22 min
1.

Head northeast on Lions Gate Bridge Rd/BC-1A N

0.03 km
2.

Take the exit toward North Vancouver/Capilano Canyon/Grouse Mountain Recreation Area

0.24 km
3.

Merge onto Marine Dr

0.33 km
4.

Turn left onto Capilano Rd (signs for Capilano Road)

4.26 km
5.

Continue onto Nancy Greene WayDestination will be on the right

1.44 km
6.

Head south on Nancy Greene Way toward Grousewoods Dr

1.44 km
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Continue onto Capilano Rd

3.05 km
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Turn left onto the British Columbia 1 W/Trans-Canada Highway ramp

0.22 km
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Merge onto Trans-Canada Hwy

10.31 km
Part 3 - Horseshoe Bay - 1.86 km - about 0 hours 1 min
1.

Head west on Trans-Canada HwyDestination will be on the left

1.86 km
Part 4 - Porteau Cove Provincial Park - 24.66 km - about 0 hours 17 min
1.

Head west on Trans-Canada Hwy

0.09 km
2.

Keep left to continue on BC-99 N

24.57 km
Part 5 - Scenic Golfing - 2.41 km - about 0 hours 2 min
1.

Head north on BC-99 N

2.41 km
Part 6 - Britannia Beach - 6.07 km - about 0 hours 4 min
1.

Head northeast on Sea-to-Sky Hwy/BC-99 NDestination will be on the left

6.07 km
Part 7 - Murrin Provincial Park - 2.68 km - about 0 hours 2 min
1.

Head north on Sea-to-Sky Hwy toward Copper DrDestination will be on the left

2.68 km
Part 8 - Shannon Falls Provincial Park - 4.09 km - about 0 hours 3 min
1.

Head northeast on Sea-to-Sky Hwy

4.09 km
Part 9 - Stawamus Chief - 1.82 km - about 0 hours 1 min
1.

Head north on Sea-to-Sky Hwy

1.82 km
Part 10 - Squamish - 2.70 km - about 0 hours 2 min
1.

Head northeast on Sea-to-Sky Hwy toward Mamquam River Forest Service Rd

2.70 km
Part 11 - Brackendale - 7.32 km - about 0 hours 5 min
1.

Head north on Sea-to-Sky Hwy toward Cleveland Ave/Loggers Ln

7.32 km
Part 12 - Garibaldi Provincial Park - 25.49 km - about 0 hours 17 min
1.

Head north on Sea-to-Sky Hwy toward Depot Rd EDestination will be on the right

25.49 km
Part 13 - Alexander Falls and Interpretive Forest - 12.80 km - about 0 hours 8 min
1.

Head northeast on Sea-to-Sky Hwy

12.80 km
Part 14 - Whistler and Optional Routes - 12.32 km - about 0 hours 10 min
1.

Head northeast on Sea-to-Sky HwyDestination will be on the left

12.32 km