An adventure of epic proportions in Garibaldi Provincial Park in Whistler, BC.
An adventure of giant proportions in Garibaldi Provincial Park in Whistler, BC.
Witness what happened when fire meets ice in periods of dramatic volcanic activity and geological formation that shaped Whistler as we know it today
Visit iconic Whistler landmarks such as Garibaldi Provincial Park, Black Tusk, Garibaldi Lake, The Barrier, and The Table
Our most popular tour for people visiting Whistler, BC who want to leave no peak, lake, or glacier unexplored
The Sea To Sky’s mountainous region was formed during the last ice age. A time when active volcanoes erupted into the vast icefields that once dominated the landscape. This tour is an ideal way to kick off your trip to Whistler. On the Whistler Backcountry Air Safari you will fly deep into Garibaldi Provincial Park to the boundary layer between ancient glacial flows and volcanism. It’s here where mountains were forged, among fire and ice, as far back as 230 million years ago.
This is our most popular experience and our guest’s top choice for the best Whistler backcountry attractions. Photographers, hikers, walkers, and geologists will be equally amazed as we fly shoulder-to-shoulder with magnificent landmarks including Garibaldi Lake and Black Tusk. Do not forget your camera! A scenic flight is one of the most extraordinary things to do in Whistler.
Our pilots are passionate about British Columbia, Squamish, Whistler, Vancouver and the Sea To Sky Corridor. They love sharing what they know about the region’s legendary geology and history so we outfitted every seat with a two-way headset and microphone. Think of us like your best friend taking you on a road trip to all their favourite places. Listen to your pilot tell stories as you fly, ask questions about features and landmarks, or simply sit back and enjoy the view.
All flights seat up to four people (three guests and one pilot).
Book a flight for two people and you have the option to buy the third seat at a reduced rate to reserve the aircraft exclusively for you. This is one of our most popular options. Perfect if you’re buying the Whistler Backcountry Air Safari scenic flight as a gift for a birthday or special occasion.
The Black Tusk is the remnant of a stratovolcano that formed between 1.3 and 1.1 million years ago in the northernmost reaches of the Canadian Volcanic Arc. The Indigenous Squamish people know the Black Tusk as t’ak‘t’ak mu’yin tl’a in7in’a’xe7en meaning “Landing Place of the Thunderbird”. The jagged shape of the mountain and its black colouring are said to come from the supernatural Thunderbird’s lightning.
The Barrier was formed over 9,000 years ago when lava from Mt Price and Clinker Peak flowed through the valley. Eventually stopped by a giant wall of ice, the lava flow cooled to create a natural dam known as The Barrier. Each summer meltwater from surrounding glaciers and winter snow pools in the valley behind the dam. This ancient lava dam now prevents Garibaldi Lake from flooding the nearby town of Squamish.
Passengers are no longer required to wear a mask on board their flight, and will no longer be required to answer a health check questionnaire prior to boarding. Our aircraft and office areas will continue to be sanitized after each flight and all staff will be respecting physical distancing. If you feel more comfortable wearing a mask on board your flight you are more than welcome to do so.