Celebrate Valentine’s Day among the Trees: Sea to Sky Gondola’s Lovers’ Lane Stroll & Supper

Sourced from the Sea to Sky Gondola website

Sourced from the Sea to Sky Gondola website

A couple days ago, I saw a look of distress in my boyfriend’s eyes as he suddenly realized that Valentine’s Day was less than two weeks away. “S” is sweet and kind but since he can’t translate romance into a mathematical equation, he finds it hard to grasp the concept. However, he’s made a resolution to up his boyfriend game this year, and assured me he will come up with something impressive (we’ll see).

Fortunately, if you’re like S and romantic creativity is not your strong suit, a Valentine’s Day package offered by Sea to Sky Gondola might just be the thing.

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Celebrate Valentine’s Day among the Trees: Sea to Sky Gondola’s Lovers’ Lane Stroll & Supper

Sea To Sky Gondola re-opens for winter with Christmas cheer

Snowshoeing is coming soon to the top of the Sea To Sky Gondola. Photo credit: Sea To Sky Gondola/Paul Bride.

Snowshoeing is coming soon to the top of the Sea To Sky Gondola. Photo credit: Sea To Sky Gondola/Paul Bride.

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at the Sea to Sky Gondola, which just re-opened for its winter season on November 27. And while there’s not quite enough snow yet to strap on the snowshoes, rest assured that it’s coming…. and so is Santa.

Located in Squamish, about an hour north of Vancouver, the Sea To Sky Gondola made its debut last May and drew summer hikers and sightseers from far and wide.

After closing for a few weeks of maintenance in November, it’s now up and running and poised to launch new snowshoe trails and a new tube park for kids. There will also be backcountry ski touring for experienced skiers around and on Sky Pilot Mountain, Co-Pilot, Skyline Ridge, and Goat Ridge.

And this Friday (December 5), holiday activities kick off at the Summit Lodge to get everybody into the Christmas spirit. Fondue, anyone?

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Sea To Sky Gondola re-opens for winter with Christmas cheer

The Need for Speed: Scenic Rush Roars to Life

The fleet of exotic beauties in the Thunderbird Marina. Photo by Ehren Seeland

Sunglasses pushed against your brow, you extend your left arm in an affirmative thumbs up as collective engines rumble like a pack of hungry bears. Splashes of light whip through the treetops as your foot presses on the gas and the Pacific air whistles past your ears. The V8 engine roars beneath a slick exterior of Rosso Corsa as you expertly hug every curve to your final destination under the watchful gaze of a famous stallion.

With a sticker price of $295,000, a daytrip in a convertible Ferrari F430 Spider is not an experience that many are able to savour. Couple that with the pristine surroundings of the Sea-to-Sky Highway, and you’re presented with a select list of reasons for your good fortune. Among these, your lottery numbers finally came through (congratulations), you blew out all of the candles for a successful birthday wish (happy birthday), or you’re currently traveling from Vancouver to Squamish on a guided tour with Scenic Rush. Continue reading:
The Need for Speed: Scenic Rush Roars to Life

Giant Mosaic Being Built outside Vancouver

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Photo sourced from aajpress.wordpress.com

In the Academy Award-nominated documentary Waste Land, artist Vik Muniz creates a portrait of a Brazilian woman … that’s roughly the size of a high school gymnasium.

The woman is a scrap collector in a Brazilian junkyard.  And the portrait is composed of tons of trash.  Muniz enlisted the entire community of collectors to harvest the raw material for his masterpiece – everything from bottle tops and bits of metal to old tires and scraps of cloth.  From a catwalk perched high above the floor, he orchestrated the action as pieces were arranged into a vivid mosaic.

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Giant Mosaic Being Built outside Vancouver

New Sea to Sky Gondola Ready to Open Outside Vancouver

Photo sourced from Sea to Sky Gondola.

Photo sourced from Sea to Sky Gondola.

The long-awaited Sea to Sky Gondola is finally set to take its first passengers.

Situated in Squamish, about one hour north of Vancouver, the gondola will begin whisking visitors from sea level to a height of more than 885 metres on May 16.

The $22-million facility is situated on a strip of land between the famous Stawamus Chief Provincial Park (better known as “the Chief”) and Shannon Falls.  After a 10-minute ride in plush, eight-person gondola cars, passengers disembark on a mountain peak situated high above Howe Sound.

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New Sea to Sky Gondola Ready to Open Outside Vancouver

Squamish Fest 2014 Tickets on Sale (Bruno Mars, Eminem and more)

Photo credit: benzpics63 | Flickr

Photo credit: benzpics63 | Flickr

Couldn’t get enough of Bruno Mars at the Super Bowl halftime show?

No worries.  You can catch the mega-popular R&B crooner – and plenty of other huge acts – in Squamish this summer.

Tickets for the Squamish Valley Music Festival, Aug. 8-Aug. 10, go on sale Feb. 7.  And it looks like some major talent is about to descend on Vancouver’s backyard.

Apart from Bruno Mars, rapper Eminem, Montreal rockers Arcade Fire, British indie group Arctic Monkeys and legendary rap ensemble The Roots will all be performing at the festival. Other big-name acts include alt pop act Broken Bells, Swedish songstress Lykke Li and Canada’s own Sam Roberts Band.

The high-profile lineup is part of an effort to significantly expand the festival, being held for the fifth year in Squamish, the small Howe Sound community about one hour north of Vancouver on the Sea to Sky Highway.  Organizers have more than doubled capacity to 35,000 people this summer, up from 17,000 last year, according to an article by Francois Marchand in the Vancouver Sun.

The festival will feature four separate stages spread over 80 acres around Squamish’s Centennial Field, Loggers Sports Grounds and Brennan Park.  Apart from the headliners, the lineup will include an eclectic blend of rock, pop, electronic music and hip-hop, with plenty of local talent, including Topless, The Zolas, Good For Grapes and We are the City.

With the expanded capacity this year, organizers are hoping to transform the event from a regional happening to one of North America’s premiere festivals, rivalling a Coachella or a Lollapalooza.  Interested in getting in on the action?

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Squamish Fest 2014 Tickets on Sale (Bruno Mars, Eminem and more)

New Sea to Sky Gondola Opening Outside Vancouver

Photo courtesy of Sea to Sky Gondola

Photo courtesy of Sea to Sky Gondola

The little town of Squamish, about an hour’s drive north of Vancouver, is perhaps best known as a pit stop on the way to the slopes and trails of Whistler.  But that all may change in just a few months.

The new Sea to Sky Gondola is officially scheduled to open in mid May 2014, putting Squamish firmly on the tourist map.  The enormous gondola, situated on a strip of land between the famous Stawamus Chief Provincial Park and Shannon Falls, will carry visitors from sea level to a height of 885 meters – climbing into high alpine country in a quick 10-minute ride.

Up top, there’s a lot more than just beautiful vistas to enjoy. Finishing touches are being put on an entire adventure facility high in the Coast Mountains.   Continue reading:
New Sea to Sky Gondola Opening Outside Vancouver