Welcome aboard Sea to Sky Air’s most coveted experience, the Whistler Backcountry Air Safari. It is a journey transcending time and space, whisking you back to an era where volcanic eruptions pierced through icefields, sculpting the ground upon which Whistler stands today.
Formed during the last ice age, this region is a testament to the dramatic dance between fire and ice. With active volcanoes pouring their fury into vast icy landscapes, the Sea to Sky region was molded and chiseled. The Whistler Backcountry Air Safari offers a panoramic view of this drama. Witness the boundary between ancient glacial flows and volcanic activity, where mountains arose from a fiery clash some 230 million years ago.
This isn’t just an excursion but an experience – an experience that has earned its rightful place as the top choice for those seeking to unearth the best of Whistler’s backcountry attractions. As we fly shoulder-to-shoulder with iconic landmarks such as Garibaldi Lake and Black Tusk, your camera will become an extension of your soul, capturing timeless moments of wonder.
Known to the Indigenous Squamish people as “t’ak‘t’ak mu’yin tl’a in7in’a’xe7en”, or “Landing Place of the Thunderbird”, the Black Tusk stands as a testament to a time between 1.3 and 1.1 million years ago. The volcano’s majestic jagged shape and its striking black hue are believed to be the imprints of the Thunderbird’s legendary lightning.
If we could journey back over 9,000 years, we would witness lava flows from Mt Price and Clinker Peak etching their way through valleys. But their fierce march was halted by a massive ice wall, resulting in the formation of The Barrier – a natural dam. Today, this ancient dam safeguards Squamish from the waters of Garibaldi Lake, collected from glacial melts and winter snow.
Want to see these historical marvels first-hand? Join us on a tour of epic proportions with our Whistler Backcountry Air Safari today!