Need To Know
If you’re looking for a blend of spectacular sights, rugged wilderness, and Canadian history, then the Sea to Sky Tour is perfect for you. The only tour of its kind in Vancouver, travel the famous Sea to Sky Highway, voted one of the best scenic routes in Canada.
Visit the quaint seaside village of Horseshoe Bay for gorgeous vistas. For an adventure on the water, add the optional Deep Fjord Zodiac Tour, a one-hour journey across the ocean from Horseshoe Bay to Britannia Beach. Both zodiac and bus head up Howe Sound, the southernmost glacial fjord in North America.
Feel the spray from British Columbia’s third-highest waterfall, Shannon Falls, before ascending 850 metres (2,790 feet) to the top of the Sea to Sky Gondola and panoramic perspectives of Howe Sound. Here you can cross the Sky Pilot Suspension Bridge and walk along forest trails to the observation platforms.
Head into an old mine tunnel at the Britannia Mine Museum and learn about the history of Mill 3, once one of the largest producers of copper in the British Empire.
If you’re a cruise ship passenger, the Sea to Sky tour is an excellent post-cruise option. Additionally, if you have a flight to catch, we can take you and your luggage to the Vancouver International Airport (YVR) after your tour for a small fee.
Complimentary Hotel or Cruise Terminal Pick Up – Pick up from the Cruise Terminal, your downtown Vancouver or Richmond hotel and meet your tour guide. Ask about our luggage handling service.
Horseshoe Bay – Get a coffee, snack or depart on a zodiac tour from this quaint and picturesque seaside village, home to around 1,000 permanent residents and a popular spot for Vancouverites.
Shannon Falls – The third-highest waterfall in British Columbia cascades water from 335 metres (1,099 feet). With a short walk up to the observation platform, you can feel the mist of the falls as the water rushes down.
Sea to Sky Gondola – Rise 853 m (2800 ft) above sea level to sweeping views of the Howe Sound fjord, luscious coastal forest and surrounding mountains. Cross a suspension bridge or follow the hiking trails for different viewpoints.
Britannia Mine Museum – All aboard at this National Historic Site! Venture by train into a former mine and watch as sounds, lights and animations bring Mill 3 to life with BOOM! Pan for gold and explore the other exhibits at this experience.
Stawamus Chief – See the world’s second-largest granite monolith, towering over the waters of the Howe Sound at 700 m (2,297 feet).
Howe Sound – Formed by a retreating glacier, Howe Sound is Canada’s southernmost fjord. Enjoy the sight of this valley filled with sparkling Pacific Ocean water and dotted with islands as we drive up and down the Sea to Sky Highway.
Lions Gate Bridge – Vancouver’s iconic bridge built in 1937 by the Guinness family leads us directly into North and West Vancouver and onto the highway.
Hotel, Airport or Train Station Drop Off – Drop off available at your downtown Vancouver or Richmond hotel, Vancouver International Airport (YVR), VIA Rail or Rocky Mountaineer.
1. What Should I Wear?
Dress in layers for the day, including a warm shirt or outer layer. We recommend bringing comfortable walking shoes. We store all excess items on the vehicle while you’re exploring.
2. Is This Tour Accessible?
Guests can expect a moderate to high level of walking. At Britannia Mine, there are three sets of stairs to get to the entrance of the train ride. Shannon Falls features an inclined five to ten-minute walk to the observation area, and the Sea to Sky Gondola is mainly unpaved trails.
3. Is This Pre-Cruise Tour?
Yes! If you’re a cruise ship passenger, this tour makes for an excellent post-cruise option. We offer luggage handling and drop off at your downtown or Richmond hotel or, for an additional fee, the Vancouver International Airport (YVR) at the end of your tour.
4. Do I Have To Go Up the Sea to Sky Gondola?
Yes, your tour guide will escort all guests up the gondola and will need to lock the bus. If you would prefer to stay at the bottom, you can stay at the Basecamp Cafe and wander through the gift shop.
5. What Is the Inside of the Mine Tunnel Like?
As part of the Britannia Mine Museum Tour, you enter a formerly used mine tunnel. This tunnel is usually around 6 degrees Celsius, has some narrow spots and dim lighting. If you do not want to take the tour, there are multiple exhibits about the mine you can explore.
WHAT OUR GUESTS ARE SAYING
“Great Tour! Our guide shared a ton of information about Vancouver as we worked our way out of town towards the sights. We visited Horseshoe Bay, Shannon Falls, Britannia Mine, and the Sea to Sky Gondola. It was a great tour with something for everyone. That you Landsea Tours for a great time!”
Terry, Tempe, Arizona
“After a cruise to Alaska we booked a Landsea Tour for the day. We were collected from the cruise terminal by our guide Paula and went on a fabulous day trip. At the end of the day Paula also drove us to the airport (with our luggage). This solved 3 problems for us – storing the luggage, spending the day in Vancouver and getting to the airport. Thank you Landsea!”
Jose, Sydney, Australia
“Boy this company really knows how to run a tour! Our guide and driver was wonderful! She handled the traffic, us and the tour commentary with good humour and great local knowledge. A fun wide-ranging tour for all ages!”