Woman waving from the window of a Cessna 172 aircraft on the runway in front of the Coast Mountains

This Squamish sightseeing flight is the perfect gift for under $100

In Homepage Feature, Squamish Activities by Vicky Farrand

Birthdays are a time for fun, adventure and a little bit of something extraordinary. After all, you are celebrating another trip around the sun!
At an affordable $96, the Sea To Skypilot sightseeing flight is perfect for people who want to give an out-of-this-world gift experience without breaking the bank.

Sea To Skypilot Quick Facts

  • 25-minutes long
  • 3500ft above sea level
  • Over 80 sq km covered
  • Flys all year-round: think snow-covered mountains and alpenglow in the winter, vibrant foliage in the fall, rushing waterfalls in the spring, emerald lakes and wildflower meadows in the summer
  • A few places you’ll visit: The Chief, Shannon Falls, Skypilot mountain, Mount Habrich, the Howe Sound, Goat Ridge
  • >> Buy a Sea To Skypilot Gift Card Here

Geographically, the Squamish mountains and the diverse oceanside landscapes is are of the most impressive place to see in BC. On the Sea To Skypilot guests take a 25-minute flight over the Howe Sound, Squamish Estuary and the Sea To Sky Highway, followed by an up-close view of the Coast Mountains including the tour’s namesake, Skypilot mountain, before returning with sweeping views over the Sea To Sky Gondola, Shannon Falls and the Stawamus Chief.

Why we think Squamish is one of the best places to visit near Vancouver

The Black Tusk, Elfin Lakes, Lake Lovley Water, Garibaldi Lake…need we say more. Squamish is home to some of the most photographed and visited natural wonders in southwestern British Columbia. You just have to take a look at Instagram to see what we mean. But, if you’re not someone who likes to battle against the crowds sightseeing flights are the ultimate escape – there simply isn’t another vantage point like it (without an 8-10 hour hike).

Did you know that the New York Times awarded Squamish a spot in its prestigious list of the best “52 Places To Go In 2015“?

And it’s easy to see to see why! All the photos below were taken on the Sea To Sky Pilot sightseeing flight. To see more check out our Instagram gallery.

Photo credit: bottom left image kindly provided by instagram.com/nathaaandaniel/

Sandwiched between two global destinations, Vancouver and Whistler, Squamish has been rapidly growing in reputation to compete on the world stage and is quickly earning its self-proclaimed title of “Outdoor Capital of the World”.

Where is Squamish, BC?

Squamish is a small town in southwestern British Columbia, Canada that is 63.5km north of Vancouver and 48km south of Whistler along the breath-taking Sea To Sky Highway. The Municipality of Squamish has a population of around 17,000 people and sits within the traditional territories of the Squamish Nation.

“This territory includes some of the present day cities of Vancouver, Burnaby and New Westminster, all of the cities of North Vancouver and West Vancouver, Port Moody and all of the District of Squamish and the Municipality of Whistler.” – taken from the Squamish Nation website

What is Squamish Weather like?

Did you know that Squamish and much of coastal British Columbia is nestled in an endangered strip of temperate rainforest known as the Western Hemlock Zone? There are 7 regions of temperate rainforest in the world and the largest pocket (accounting for 25% of all temperate rain forests) is here in North America, stretching down the coast from Alaska to California, with Squamish bang in the middle. We feel privileged to call this place home. It is the largest remaining, intact pocket of temperate rainforest in the world.

“The climate of the region where Western Hemlocks are located is characterized by long, mild, and wet winters, and relatively sunny and dry summers.” – SFU Biogeoclimatic Zones of BC