Sea to Sky

DSCF1225 (2) (1024x246)1) the view of Howe Sound from atop the Summit Lodge == [double-click to open in full panoramic view]

Ironwoman Laura has been in town these past couple of weeks. It’s been eons since we last met up.  Her visit coincided with the grand opening of the new Sea to Sky Gondola just south of Squamish and the annual Rotarian fundraiser in Port Moody, called the Search for the Perfect Pint (essentially a craft beer tasting event).

The Search for the Perfect Pint is a ton of fun; you get a wee shot glass and for $35 you can roam amid the local craft brewery tents set up – at Port Moody City Hall (of all places!) – and taste all you want. Alongside the beer is a host of local restauranteurs who dish up tasty nibblies – the east coast chowder (odd on the west coast), tempura deep-fried bacon (yes, I just typed that) and beer ice cream all being standouts!

IMG_4776 (2) (1024x765)2) trying Russell Brewery

IMG_4780 (2) (1024x765)3) … and the band played on …

IMG_4772 (2) (1024x765)4) G found a tasty sausage

IMG_4778 (2) (1024x765)5) while I found the beer ice cream

IMG_4777 (2) (1024x765)6) … and me likes

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7) Ironwoman Laura and multi-Ironman Darrin go back for more from Spinnakers (one of the original craft breweries in BC

Saturday morning found us at Shannon Falls bright and squirrelly for a walk through before arriving at the Sea to Sky Gondola at 8:30AM. It is the Victoria Day long weekend in British Columbia this weekend and although we were expecting crowds, the parking lot was empty save for 8 or so vehicles. I suspect the threat of rain keep many folks away. Anyhow, by 9:10 we had tickets in hand and were aboard our gondola car heading up the mountain. The trip takes about 10 minutes and deposits you at the Summit Lodge some 885m above sea level. At the summit there is a small rabbit warren of trails – the longest being a 1.6km loop; a suspension bridge with views (when not cloudy!) of mountains Sky Pilot and Co-Pilot; some lovely viewing points; and access to the backcountry trails.


DSCF1312 (2) (1024x768)8) the base of Sea to Sky Gondola with Shannon Falls in the background

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9) G goes exploring before heading up

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10) our gondola arrives!

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11) Barb and the Ironmen happy to be heading up

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12) made it to the top!

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13) Ironwoman Laura stops to grab a shot of the suspension bridge

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14) halfway across the bridge with Howe Sound in background

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15) over we all go

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 16)  made it!

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17) Ironwoman Laura pauses to take a rest 

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18) hiking through lovely trails

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19) these cute?! signs warn of where NOT to hike 

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20) G and Ironwoman Laura pause to look at Olesen Falls

DSCF1265 (2) (768x1024) 21) Olesen Falls across the valley

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22) the moss is everywhere

DSCF1252 (2) (768x1024)23) G takes in the view at another view-point

DSCF1263 (2) (768x1024) 24) so beautiful!

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25) jump if you’re happy to be here!

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26) wood!

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27) heading off on one of the side trails

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28) G takes the lead

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29) moi at the Lookback trail end with Howe Sound in background

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30) here is – in foreground – Stawamus Chief (the 2nd largest granite monolith in the world and a mecca for rock climbers) with just over its peak the town of Squamish  == [double-click to open in full panoramic view]

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31) left –  Mount Sky Pilot; right – Mount Co-Pilot … which we could see after returning to the Summit Lodge

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32) moi with Summit Lodge in background

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33) G takes one final stroll on the suspension bridge before heading down (Mountains Sky Pilot and Co-Pilot in background)

DSCF1293 (2) (1024x246)34) Howe Sound before departing – looking south toward Lions Bay and Vancouver == [double-click to open in full panoramic view]

DSCF1298 (2) (1024x768)35) moi on the Summit Lodge Lookout (you can see a wee bit of the Sea to Sky Highway below me)

DSCF1301 (2) (1024x768) 36) heading down

DSCF1211 (2) (1024x246)37) … meanwhile back home, this shot: taken Saturday morning from our condo when no less than 4 cruise ships were in port – Holland America Zuiderdam (left); Princess’ Coral Princess (middle) and (right heading to Ballantyne Dock) Princess’ Grand Princess. You can see just a wee bit of Holland America’s Amsterdam on far left coming in by Stanley Park (above Canada Place sails) == [double-click to open in full panoramic view]

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