$22-million Squamish Sea to Sky Gondola Set to Open outside Vancouver

Photo sourced from seatoskygondola.com

Photo sourced from seatoskygondola.com

Ready for a faster way up the Chief?

Construction is officially underway on a brand new gondola that will carry passengers from the Vancouver suburb of Squamish to a summit 850 metres above scenic Howe Sound.

The Sea to Sky Gondola will take passengers on an eight-minute ride from sea level to a strip of alpine land between Shannon Falls and the famous Stawamus Chief, a 700-metre granite dome popular among rock climbers and hikers.

Work began earlier this winter on the $22 million initiative, which will be completed by the summer of 2014 and serve an estimated 200,000 riders in its first year of operation. The special Swiss-made gondola cars hold eight passengers each. Continue reading:
$22-million Squamish Sea to Sky Gondola Set to Open outside Vancouver

Squamish for Dummies: Cool new Squamish-English dictionary

So, have you picked up your copy of the Skwxwu7mesh Snichim-Xweliten Snichim Skexwts yet?

In case you’re not fluent, that translates as Squamish-English Dictionary.   The book, containing about 8,000 words in the Squamish language spoken by B.C.’s Aboriginal Squamish peoples, has just been completed by a team of elders, linguists and researchers after 18 years of work.

The challenges facing the team were enormous.

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Squamish for Dummies: Cool new Squamish-English dictionary

Going Underground at the Britannia Mine Museum

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Anyone who grew up in Vancouver probably remembers the old Britannia mine building.  You know the one – the big abandoned mill on the side of the Sea to Sky Highway just south of Squamish.  The mine, which was once the largest copper mine in the British Empire, closed down in 1974.  The site was subsequently abandoned and the mill became a crumbling shell most notable for its busted window panes.

Well, as you might have noticed, times have changed.  A restored Britannia Mine reopened earlier this year as a historical museum after a $14.7 million renovation.  It has gone from an eyesore to one of the most fascinating sights in the Sea to Sky Corridor – a unique glimpse into the underground world of mining.

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Going Underground at the Britannia Mine Museum

Vancouver’s Urban Powwow: July 9-11

Photo: Remy Scalza

During the Olympics, First Nations culture took the spotlight in Vancouver, with performances and dancing throughout the city and even an Aboriginal Pavilion dedicated to sharing values and legends.  But this isn’t always the case.  While there are museum exhibits devoted to First Nations history, as well as a wealth of galleries showcasing traditional carvings, finding vibrant displays of contemporary, authentic Aboriginal culture isn’t always easy.

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Vancouver’s Urban Powwow: July 9-11