This year I have been blessed to be an ambassador for the Healthy Family Expo. They have treated us extremely well thus far and part of that was being able to spend the day up at the Sea to Sky Gondola. We had never been before and were very much looking forward to checking it out. By the end of the day, Jon and I looked at each other and agreed that this trip was up there in top family days we have had!
It took a little rushing around to get our snow tires on, everyone fed and making sure everyone was going to be warm enough. We haven’t had a winter like this for years but thankfully I’ve partnered with some great brands like, Simply Merino and Wheat Kids Clothing (look for a post in the New Year on them) that helped the kids in this department. As for this preggo mama that was a bit more difficult to achieve. If anyone knows where to get some outdoor maternity clothes, please let me know. I was able to squeeze into my husband’s snowboarding jacket but I felt like a stuffed sausage the entire time. I digress.
Here are a few of the things that made our day awesome at Sea to Sky Gondola.
The Gondola Ride
Some of us loved this part more than others but in the end it is such an awesome experience and beautiful views as you make your way up. It only takes 10 minutes to go from the bottom to the top. Abigail and me were pretty scared but Jon was in his glory along with Elizabeth. David, well he just sat still and glanced around.
The Suspension Bridge
I took the kids to the suspension bridge at Cascade Falls not too long ago just to get them used to crossing one as we also want to check out Capilano as well. I’m so glad that I did because when they saw this bridge they were excited to walk across. We arrived at about 11:30am on a Friday so it was a bit busy but not that bad. I found the afternoon was a lot less busy as we stayed until 3:30pm.
The Spirit Trail
The Spirit trail is just a short little loop, about 15 mins. It starts just to the left after you cross the bridge. It is beautifully decorated at the moment and it would have been stunning to see at night I think. It was the perfect little loop for the kiddos and this preggo mama. We stopped at some places to play in the snow a bit then continued on. We actually ended up doing it twice.
We actually weren’t planning on eating there because well, cost. But since the morning was such a rush for us we didn’t pack enough food just to snack on. The menu is costly but sometimes you just need to go for it and enjoy sitting down and relaxing and eating some food. I would rate the food about a 5/10. It wasn’t that great. The fries were over cooked along with our daughters grilled cheese. The burgers were fantastic however and our son’s mac and cheese was good as well. They have a play area in the lodge for littles which was such a bonus as Jon and I could just sit for a bit while they played.
|umm how did she grow up so fast?!|
The pictures can speak for themselves for this one.
We had such an spectacular day. One that we truly needed as a family, just to have fun together and reconnect. We got majorly stuck in traffic on the way home, plan to leave before rush hour! I wanted to get some sunset photos and that is why we ended up driving an extra 1.5 home but it was worth it.
Where is it? Squamish, BC. From Langley that is about an 1.5hr drive depending on traffic.
Hours of operation? Winter hours: Dec 1st- April 30th open daily from 10am – 5pm
Summer: May- September Sunday – Thursday from 10am – 6pm Fridays and Saturdays open 10am – 8pm
Fall: September- October: Open daily 10am – 5pm
What to do? Hiking, tubing, Ski/Snowboard in backcountry, snowshoeing, Mountain Biking and sit down and relax in the lodge to eat and drink. They also hold events throughout the year. Check their event page for upcoming events.
Pricing: If you purchase online you can save a few dollars.
Adults 19+ $37.95
Senior 65+ $35.95
Youth 13-18 $22.95
Child 6-12 $11.95
5 and under FREE
Family Tickets (2 adults + 2 children) $99.95