Did you know? From base to summit, the Sea to Sky gondola gains 885m in elevation in a mere 10 minutes.
Outdoor Vancouver

Outdoor Vancouver Newsletter. Edition #17

June 26, 2014

Hiking the New Sea to Sky Gondola

I'll admit I wasn't thrilled when I originally learned a new gondola was being built in Squamish. Largely because the privately built gondola required a 'Protected Area Boundary Adjustment' of the Class A Stawamus Chief Provincial Park. 2.36 ha of land were removed from the park for its development - a fate many of BC's Provincial Parks have been facing in recent years.

But I did recently hike up to the summit of the gondola, and I can also admit I was impressed with the new hiking opportunities that now (and will soon) exist in the area. I wrote two new posts on the Sea to Sky Gondola which you can read here:

(Mostly) Local Outdoors News

1. Burnaby man shot during cycling event. @Burnaby Now
2. $15,000 worth of SAR lifesaving gear stolen and damaged in Hanes Valley. @Global News
3. Hiker airlifted after slip down Grouse Mountain waterfall. @Vancouver Sun
4. New, Third official access point for West Coast Trail. @Vancouver Sun
5. Sasquatch Provincial Park boundary proposal raises environmentalists’ concerns. @Georgia Straight
6. Deal between North Vancouver, Squamish Nation brings Spirit Trail closer to completion. @Vancouver Sun
7. State-of-the-art bike centre for commuters opens at Vancouver General Hospital. @Vancouver Sun
8. Grouse Grind: Mountaintop resort profits from a trail paid for by Metro Vancouver taxpayers. @The Province
9. West Vancouver's Whyte Lake to become park. @Vancouver Sun
10. Amazing finish for North Vancouver’s Ellie Greenwood at Comrades. @Train Harder
11. Stanley Park named best park in the world by TripAdvisor. @Vancouver Sun
12. North Shore mountain bike trails get smoother as cyclists get older. @Georgia Straight
13. Hiking challenge and Wi-Fi among new innovations at Long Beach. @Vancouver Sun
14. Record numbers for Bike to Work week in Metro Vancouver. @CKNW
15. Experience Cheakamus Canyon on Rocky Mountaineer’s Sea to Sky Climb. @Jack Christie
16. Vancouver cyclists rack up hundreds of tickets for not wearing helmets. @Georgia Straight
17. Capilano Suspension Bridge 125th Anniversary. @Miss604

The Best Trail Running Races and Clubs around Vancouver

Today the third and final post in a series on trail running around Vancouver was published on the Vancouver Trails website. The latest post highlights all the races and clubs available to local trail runners.

Here are the three posts from the series:

What Is Trail Running?
Top Ten Trails for Running Near Vancouver
Best Trail Running Clubs and Races

Until next month!


Knee Knacker Trail Race
July 12, 2014
Trailstoke 60km Run and Relay
July 18-20, 2014
Ironman Canada
July 27, 2014

(Click for full events calendar)


  1. 109 Walks In British Columbia’s Lower Mainland Review
  2. Hiking the Sea to Summit and Wrinkle Rock Trails
  3. The Sea to Sky Gondola - Everything you need to know


  1. Water Purification & Filtering
  2. Featured Hiking Trail: Garibaldi Lake
  3. The Grouse Grind – Poem by Harvey Nelsen
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