Sea-to-Sky Gondola and Nexen

GSB_Canada_037149The last day in June was a perfect summer day in Squamish.  In the morning, I took Wally for a walk around Nexen and then met up with Mike Schellhaus and Reena at the basecamp for the Sea-to-Sky gondola.  Mike helped Dort and I find our first house in Squamish (Jura Cres.) back in 2001, and has remained a good friend since.  It was the first time for all of us up the new gondola (which opened in May 2014), and which has already become a major tourist attraction.  The basecamp and main parking lot for the gondola is located between Shannon falls and the Chief .  The gondola has a vertical rise of 850 m and is almost 2 km long – the trip up to the Summit Lodge takes about 10 minutes.  Note that it is also possible to hike up to Summit Lodge along the Sea-to-Sky summit trail (10 km) or the shorter (but steeper) Wrinkle Rock Trail.  Once at the top, there are a number of well sign-posted, interpretive trails suitable for all ages and levels of fitness.  Summit lodge also provides access to backcountry trails for the more ambitious (and fit).  It is a truly spectacular facility, particularly on a blue-sky day, and I can highly recommend this as a destination if you are in the Squamish area.  Although there is a restaurant/bar with a fantastic patio at Summit Lodge, we chose to go to my favorite watering hole, the Howe Sound Brewing company at the end of Cleveland drive in Squamish for a late lunch.  Some photos of the day can be seen here.