New tourist attraction between Shannon Falls, Stawamus Chief on Hwy 99 offers stunning vistas of Howe Sound
“Offers spectacular views” is a phrase typically associated with over-the-top sales pitches by realtors.
But when you’re nearly 900 metres above sea level — at the crest of the new Sea to Sky Gondola, looking down on Howe Sound and the Squamish estuary below — the phrase is, well, more than appropriate.
“We’re show-ready,” is how the company’s general manager and founder, Trevor Dunn, describes southwestern British Columbia’s newest tourism attraction, which is scheduled to open May 16. “We think this will change the way people look at Squamish.”
On Tuesday, Dunn took a Vancouver Sun reporter and photographer on the eight-minute ride to the top of the $25-million gondola, five years in the making, located two kilometres south of Squamish on the Sea to Sky Highway. It offers sweeping vistas of Howe Sound and striking views of the surrounding mountains — Mount Garibaldi, Black Tusk, Sky Pilot and Cloudburst to name a few — that are unparalleled in the Sea to Sky corridor.