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Sea to Sky Gondola and the Suspension Bridge
36800 Highway 99
Squamish , British Columbia, Canada
'604.892.2550 or '855.732.8675
July 15, 2015

map showing location of Squamish Howe Sound map

The Sea to Sky Gondola is located just 45 minutes north of downtown Vancouver in Squamish, BC ‚€” the outdoor recreation capital of the world. The parking lot turn off is just past Shannon Falls, along with the visitor centre, shop, Basecamp Cafe, and the gondola lift up the mountain.

Squamish rock sign: Sea to Sky Gondola

After parking in the parking lot, a lady walked up to the two RV Gypsies and said that she was a season ticket holder and could get the two RV Gypsies a discount on the entry tickets. Karen Duquette thanked her and they got to know each other a bit, as they continually met up on the trails throughout the day. She thought the two RV Gypsies were from California when she saw their car license plate, and was surprised when she learned that the two RV Gypsies were really from Florida. Later, when the two RV Gypsies got back to their car, they found a note under the wipers. (see note below) Thank you Sheila for being such a thoughtful person and doing a nice deed for a stranger.

note from Sheila

the mechanical wheels of the gondola

Karen Duquette in the gondola

The ride up to the summit provided the two RV Gypsies with sweeping views of Howe Sound, the majestic coastal forest and surrounding mountains. Every gondola cabin had a maximum capacity of 8 passengers and a level entrance/exit point, making them wheelchair and stroller accessible. The gondolas were custom made by Austrian manufacturer, Doppelmayr, and had comfortable padded seats and floor to ceiling glass windows for maximum views. Even though the two RV Gypsies have been on eleven gondolas since starting their travels in 2008, the ride up and down the mountain was a thrilling adventure and provided new views of Shannon Falls and the famous Squamish Chief climbing area.

Once at the top, many other adventures await, including access to a wide array of outdoor experiences; two different interpretive loop walking trails with cantilevered viewing platforms, the spectacular Sky Pilot Suspension Bridge, numerous hiking trails, rock climbing, access trails to backcountry routes and much more.

Canadian flag and looking down on the ride up Canadian flag and looking down on the ride up
passing another gondola the gondola goes higher up the mountain

view from the gondola

view from the gondola

The gondola whisked the two RV Gypsies up the mountain in little metal cabins that dangled from a cable.

another sea to sky gondola

another sea to sky gondola

Below: Views from the top of the mountain

sign defining mountains in the skyline
sign about the mountains of Howe Sound Fjord

sign: Wrinkle Rock

Wrinkle Rock

view from Mountain platform view from Mountain platform
 

The Stawamus Chief; a 2,000-foot granite monolith that draws world-class climbers.

gondolas view
panorama

Sign: Sky Pilot suspension bridge

The two RV Gypsies headed for the Sky Pilot Suspension Bridge that takes off from the lodge and they enjoyed their 12th suspension bridge (not counting numerous suspension bridges that they did as part of several previous zipline adventures).

But first they played with some signs they found hanging around, and took some photos of the area. Then they enjoyed the breathtaking view as they made their way across the swaying, 360-foot-long wood-and-cable pedestrian bridge that connects the lodge to a rocky knoll, with mist roiling up from the plunging ravine below.

the two RV Gypsies at Sea to Sky Gondola the two RV Gypsies at Sea to Sky Gondola

Adjacent to the Summit Lodge and the top station of the gondola, the iconic “Sky Pilot Suspension Bridge” connects the Spirit Trail/Spirit Viewing Platform to the Summit Lodge Viewing Deck. This feature is a MUST DO for everyone who visits the summit. Only those with a strong fear of heights should pass on taking this extraordinary walk above the trees.

The Sky Pilot Suspension Bridge is approximately 100 metres long and¬ has a backdrop that falls away thousands of metres below, giving a greater feeling of exposure and height over land.¬ The Sky Pilot Suspension Bridge¬ offers amazing 360 degree views of the area, both up to the high alpine of the mountains above and down to the fjord below. This feature is an exciting and thrilling adventure that all ages and abilities can enjoy.

The bridge is open year-round and is one of the many adventures with a day ticket or season pass!

Suspension bridge at Sea to Sky Gondola Suspension bridge at Sea to Sky Gondola

And the fun began.............

Karen Duquette on the suspension bridge

Lee Duquette on the suspension bridge

Lee Duquette on the suspension bridge

Lee Duquette on the suspension bridge

the suspension bridge

Karen Duquette on the suspension bridge

Karen Duquette on the suspension bridge

Karen Duquette on the suspension bridge

Karen Duquette on the suspension bridge

view looking back from the other side of the bridge

suspension bridge at sea to sky gondola

suspension bridge at sea to sky gondola

Karen Duquette on the suspension bridge Karen Duquette on the suspension bridge

Lee Duquette on the suspension bridge

continue on to page 2 of the gondola trip Please continue on to page 2 of the Sea to Sky Gondola adventure: the trails (photos were put on two pages to allow for faster uploading and enhancing viewers' pleasure.