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British Columbia

Sea-to-Sky Hiking in Vancouver & Whistler

Program No. 23783RJ
Hike in Vancouver and the Coast Mountains from our home base in Whistler, as you learn about local ecology, history and the First Nations Peoples from the experts.
Length
7 days
Rating (4.38)
Activity Level
Starts at
2,799

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DATES & starting prices
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Jun 17 - Jun 23, 2023
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2,799
Jul 15 - Jul 21, 2023
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Aug 12 - Aug 18, 2023
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DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Jun 17 - Jun 23, 2023
Starting at
3,469
Jul 15 - Jul 21, 2023
Starting at
3,469
Aug 12 - Aug 18, 2023
Starting at
3,469

At a Glance

From coastal Vancouver to the alpine beauty of Whistler, the Sea-to-Sky Corridor ascends along Howe Sound and through the spectacular valleys of British Columbia’s Coast Mountains. These are the lands the First Nations Peoples call home. It’s where black bears roam and where eagles soar. It’s also where you’ll find some of the best hiking in Canada. Learn about the natural beauty of the Sea-to-Sky Corridor from the base of the Stawamus Chief — the world’s second-largest granite monolith — to the peaks of Whistler-Blackcomb. Meet local researchers and representatives of First Nations Peoples, then take this knowledge to the trail on spectacular hikes through temperate rainforests and mountain meadows.
Activity Level
Outdoor: Spirited
Hiking 3-6 miles per day over the course of approximately 2-4 hours. Varied terrain including paved and groomed trails, roots, rocks and mud. Trail elevations can start between 3,000-6,000 feet with net gains/losses between +1,500 and -950 feet. Drives of 1-2 hours by motorcoach or van each way to reach trailheads.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 13 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Discover the triumphs and tribulations of the local black bear population with a presentation from a local bear researcher.
  • Travel back in time to the fiery origins of the Coast Mountains with a geologist-led hike atop Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains.
  • Hike amongst towering ancient cedars of the Cheakamus River Valley rainforest and learn about the area’s significance to local First Nations Peoples.

General Notes

Due to the nature of this program, listening devices will be unavailable.
Featured Expert
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Dan Price
Dan Price has been fascinated by the natural world from a young age, sparked by sailing with his father. Dan earned his PhD in glaciology in Christchurch, New Zealand. His background is in Earth Science, majoring in oceanography and climate. He has undertaken eight field campaigns to the Antarctic focusing on the development of improved satellite algorithms for ice thickness investigation. Much of his recent work has involved long distance vehicle traverses to identify new routes for science access across the world’s largest ice shelf.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Dan Price has been fascinated by the natural world from a young age, sparked by sailing with his father. Dan earned his PhD in glaciology in Christchurch, New Zealand. His background is in Earth Science, majoring in oceanography and climate. He has undertaken eight field campaigns to the Antarctic focusing on the development of improved satellite algorithms for ice thickness investigation. Much of his recent work has involved long distance vehicle traverses to identify new routes for science access across the world’s largest ice shelf.
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Art of the Northwest Coast
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The West Beyond the West, A History of British Columbia
by Jean Barman
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Vancouver Then and Now
by Francis Mansbridge
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Bachelor Brothers' Bed and Breakfast
by Bill Richardson
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The Last Great Sea, A Voyage Through the Human and Natural History of the North Pacific Ocean
by Terry Glavin, Carl Safina (Introduction)
A wide-ranging conservation history of British Columbia and the North Pacific Ocean. Glavin lives in the Gulf Islands, where he writes frequently about fisheries and environmental issues facing the region.
Selected Stories
by Alice Munro
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The Island Within
by Richard Nelson
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Exploring Vancouver, The Architectural Guide
by Harold Kalman
In this highly accessible and authoritative guide to Vancouver's architecture, specialists Harold Kalman and Robin Ward take us on a tour of Vancouver's fourteen neighborhoods, exploring the city's rich architectural heritage in over 450 entries. Each entry includes historical, social and architectural commentary accompanied by striking, full-color photographs.
A Traveller's History of Canada
by Robert Bothwell
A readable and admirably concise march through Canadian history from prehistory to today, including a timeline.
Myths and Legends of the Pacific Northwest
by Katharine Berry Judson
Presented here with 52 photographs, these traditional stories, first collected in 1910, reveal myths and traditions of creation, alongside noted geographical features of the territory.
The Raven Steals the Light
by Robert Bringhurst, Bill Reid (Illustrator), Claude Levi-Strauss (Introduction)
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4.38 Average
(5) Review left 8/21/2022

Such beautiful and pristine alpine hikes around Whistler, amazing accommodations. There's biking available in Vancouver and Whistler too. So fun! Learned so much about the First Nation people too. Changed my perspective.

(5) Review left 8/21/2022

Great program! Dan an Chloe are well organized and personable guides. Stunning scenery, and super lodging especially the Westin.

(5) Review left 8/17/2022

Fantastic program! The Company of Adventurers shared the paradise of the national parks -- Banff, Yoho -- with us. The hikes for the "motivated" group rewarded those of us who want to hike, not stroll. And the leaders gave us tips to improve our skills. Eating lunch on the rocks next to a raging waterfall was divine. My comfort zone, especially with respect to stream crossings, is so much larger now than it was before the trip. The guides are so much more than guides. They're problem solvers, teachers, cat herders, raconteurs, and people you wish were your neighbors.

(5) Review left 7/24/2022

This was in nearly every respect an excellent program that delivers as described. The one exception is that 25 days before the the first day we received a form requiring us to unconditionally release from liability (including any negligence with regard to transportation) those conducting a particular activity. This to us seemed unethical and outrageous. Such a form should be presented before one signs up for the trip. We refused to sign. Fortunately the group leader arranged an alternative activity for us.

(5) Review left 7/23/2022

This was a truly enjoyable program with nice people! There were hikers of varying ability levels. It was a tad difficult to accommodate everyone, but the group leader generally had two--and sometimes three--levels on the hikes. Worked best with three levels of hikes.

(1) Review left 6/27/2022

I have done 23 trips with Road Scholar. I do no recommend this trip. The presentations at the cultural center and museum were excellent. Otherwise the trip failed to meet the description and expectations on all levels.

(4) Review left 6/26/2022

Vancouver and Whistler are both very beautiful, as was the bus trip along Howe Sound between the two. There were several excellent presentations by local experts: history of Whistler resort, culture of First Nations people, and bears. The hiking was pleasant, but not nearly as extensive as suggested in the description - nothing close to 10 miles!! (I'm not sure if any of our hikes were longer than 3 miles.) This was at least partly because of the closure of the Cheakamus area due to an aggressive bear, and also the unusual amount of residual snow at the top of Whistler's ski areas which kept many trails closed (this was late June). Our group leader and the local guides did their best to come up with Plan B and provide good experiences. Overall, the trip was excellent, especially for those who hadn't yet visited this area. But for motivated hikers, it was not as satisfying.

(5) Review left 6/25/2022

Whistler B.C. was an amazing place with waterfalls and hiking paths within walking distance from the hotel. We traveled to the top of the world by gondola and it was amazing. The Westin Whistler was a 5 star hotel and very luxurious. I got spoiled. Great trip!






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