Getting on/off a motorcoach; driving 75 miles, approximately 1¾ hours. Getting on/off a mining car, sitting in a small space underground with limited light. Walking up to 2 miles on pavement and standing for periods of time in a museum.
At the hotel, we'll choose from a buffet breakfast including coffee, tea, juice, and water.
We set off from Vancouver early by motorcoach to travel through the breathtaking beauty of the Sea to Sky Corridor. Small islands and rocky outcroppings dot the waters of glacially carved Howe Sound below, and the tree-covered Coast Mountains – including the Stawamus Chief, the second-largest granite monolith in the world – form a stunning background. At Squamish, a historic First Nations and railway community at the northern tip of the Sound, we will visit the Britannia Mine for an experience inside of the Coast Mountains. With over 60,000 people once having lived and worked at the site, and at one time leading the way in ore extraction technologies, the museum offers an interactive opportunity to explore British Columbia’s mining history. We'll take a ride in a mine cart down a haulage tunnel; once inside, we'll learn about mining efforts and technology with working drills and a mucking machine. Above ground, we'll pan for gold, check out an ore cart, and see the working lime tank.
We’ll enjoy sandwiches at the museum. Coffee, tea, and water included; other beverages available for purchase.
After lunch, we'll travel to Whistler for check-in at the Westin Resort & Spa. We will then be joined by a local bear researcher for a fascinating presentation about the black bears that live in these mountains and valleys. If we’re lucky, we may see a few scouring for berries on our gondola ride up the mountain later in our program – be careful not to be fooled by the name though, as black bears come in variety of colors, from jet black to different shades of brown, and even white!
At the hotel restaurant, we will enjoy a plated meal made from locally sourced seasonal ingredients. Coffee, tea, and water included; other beverages available for purchase.