After living in Squamish for one year, I have learned that if the weather out is nice and if you have a day off, you should be going on adventures. Squamish, known as the Outdoor Recreation Capital of Canada, has so much to offer. There are numerous rock-climbing routes, mountain biking and hiking trails, and many rivers suitable for white water rafting. It truly is an amazing outdoor recreation town.
One of my favourite activities to do in Squamish is hiking. From easy and gentle walks along the ocean to challenging long hikes, Squamish area makes it possible for everyone to find a trail to love. With snow-capped mountain peaks and beautiful lakes, the view from each mountain is unique and gorgeous at the same time. Some famous hiking trails and provincial parks around Squamish are Stawamus Chief, Alice Lake, the Sea to Summit trail.
Last week, Katie, Ellie, Brian, and I decided to hike the Sea to Summit trail. This is a famous trail in the Sea to Sky Corridor, which has gained fame especially after the Gondola was opened in April of 2014. The gondolas were custom made by an Austrian manufacturer, and have floor to ceiling glass windows that let you have a great view of Shannon Falls and the famous Squamish Chief Climbing area. We decided to hike to the top, and then take the Gondola down.
The Sea to Summit Trail, takes you through the lower sections of the Stawamus Chief, Shannon Falls Provincial Park Trails, and continues through a beautiful forest to the top of the Sea to Sky Gondola. The hike is 9.8 km, and it took us around 3 hours. Whereas, since we took the Gondola on the way down, it took us only 10 minutes.
At the top we had cold drinks, took numerous pictures, and checked out the suspension bridge. Even though this was the third time I did this hike, I still got amazed by the breathtaking view of surrounding mountains throughout the hike.
If you happen to be in the area, I would strongly recommend everyone to check it out!