BC West Coast
If you are coming to the West Coast of British Columbia, be sure not to miss the Sea to Sky corridore. Vancouver to Squamish to Whistler, the sunshine coast and the surrounding islands must not be missed. BC has everything to offer: mountains, lakes, ocean, beaches, wildlife and perhaps every outdoor activity you can think of.
There cannot be a better way to spend a quiet, sunny day, then to be on one of BCs picturesque lakes. BC Camper Van Rentals now rents inflatable paddle boards that you can take on your journey.
Squamish is located at the Northern tip of Howe Sound inlet approx 60 kms north of Vancouver BC. Squamish lies between Vancouver and Whistler, along highway 99, the area also known as the sea to sky corridore. Squamish got its name from the indigenous people who have lived and roamed the local land and seas for thousands of years.
Squamish once a local secret, is now a booming community that has been posted as "The Adventure Capital of Canada". Squamish is world renowned all outdoor activities such as: hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing/ bouldering, kiteboarding, sailing, kayaking, rafting, and basically any out door activity you can think of and then some. If you love the outdoors you will love West Coast BC.
Sea To Sky - Highway 99 - BC Ferries
Highway 99, the Sea to Sky highway will take you to Squamish and Whistler. The highway meanders north along the ocean line, with breathtaking mountain views of Howe Sound inlet (pacific ocean) and the surrounding mountain ranges.
If your looking to head over to one of the local islands or Vancouver Island than you can catch BC Ferries from Horse Shoe Bay. One of the BC Ferry terminals is located in Horse Shoe bay, just North of Vancouver. Highway 99 will pass above Horse Shoe Bay (Note if you are planning to take a vehicle onto the ferry be sure to consider making a reservation and use the correct highway exit. (click here to view more info)
Scanning the Howe Sound inlet, you will frequently see BC ferries travelling to and from the terminal. If you are looking to travel to sunshine coast, Bowen island, Nanaimo, or any one of their other destinations Horse Shoe Bay is your location for catching the ferry. BC Camper Van Rentals will meet you at the Ferry terminal which makes travelling to and from the destinations very easy.
Porteau Cove - Shannon Falls - The Chief
Highway 99 to and from Squamish, you will want to be sure to stop at Porteau Cove to check out the amazing views and perhaps do some beach combing. Also, depending on the time of year, you may find some edible salmon berries or black berries in the area. Porteau Cove has a relaxing feel and is a convenient place to go to get away from the hustle.
Porteau Cove is a special place, There are ample opportunities to see everything from sea lions, seals, and porpoises to eagles. Camping is available but booking in advance is recommended. Note: if you park at the parking lot and walk south towards the campsites and keep walking further to the end of the trail, there is a great look out point. Near the look out point, depending on the tide, the ocean shore changes to more refined rocks, similar to sand.
South of Squamish lies a small town of Britannia Beach. You can take a small tour through the old copper mine or stop for a coffee and snack at the Galileo Coffee Company, situated across from the ocean there are some great photo ops.
Just 2km's South of Squamish you will find Shannon Falls; the third largest falls in BC. From Shannon Falls you can walk or drive to the sea to sky gondola. The gondola adventure starts with the ten-minute gondola ride which takes you 885m above sea level. The ride up the gondola provides sweeping views of Howe Sound, the majestic coastal forest, and surrounding mountains.
If your feeling energetic and want the do it yourself then hike the chief. The prominent chief mountain, is one of the worlds largest monoliths and its impossible to miss its beauty. There are parking lots direclty below which are used for people who want to hikeing and climbing. This is a popular that has astounding views of Howe Sound and should not be missed.