Getting on/off a motorcoach; driving about 75 miles, approximately 2 hours. Two levels of hiking options available. Moderate (2-3 miles, 3 hours; starting at the summit elevation of approximately 3,000 feet with slight elevation gain and loss; groomed trails and boardwalks); Motivated (5-6 miles, 3 hours; starting at the summit elevation of approximately 3,000 feet with net gain of approximately 1,500 feet and loss of 950 feet; groomed trails).
At the hotel.
Travel by motorcoach along the scenic Sea-to-Sky Highway to Squamish, a railway and First Nations community at the northern tip of Howe Sound. Climb to the summit of Stawamus Chief, the second-largest granite monolith in the world while in the comfort of a gondola. Learn about the region’s ecology, geology, and human history from a local expert while we walk nearby trails and rest at several breathtaking look-out points overlooking Howe Sound.
We will enjoy a trailside boxed lunch. Choice of sandwich, yogurt cup, house-made granola power bar, apple, and bottled water. Gluten free options available.
Hike through alpine meadows, and stands of Douglas Fir, Western Red Cedar, Sitka Spruce, and Alder trees while listening to experts who will enrich our day’s experience. Learn about the history of settlement and development in the region at the Whistler Museum from the 1850s up to the Olympic Games in 2010. Hear about the trappers, pioneers and prospectors who helped shape Whistler as it is today.
Enjoy a plated meal made from locally sourced seasonal ingredients at the hotel. Coffee, tea, and water included; other beverages available for purchase.
At your leisure.