Program Title: Squamish II
Squamish II is the fourth program in a progression aimed at introducing young people to the spectacular natural environments to which we in Southwest BC are fortunate enough to have access. We will help students to experience the continuity and transitions in and on the landscapes as we expand our range north up Howe Sound. We will be traveling on a very challenging and rugged hiking trail as we hike to the top station of the Sea-to-Sky Gondola. Stopping along the hike up and from the spectacular vistas looking down onto Squamish, south into Howe Sound and north up to the Pemberton Ice Cap, participants will learn about the region and it’s history in a fun and social atmosphere that encourages questions, exploration, and interactive activities.
ADD ON: Upon request, this day can be modified to include the following:
- a tour of Britannia Mine Museum, one of the top attractions in all of BC and a wonderful teaching/learning venue. Hours require adjustment to accommodate.
- an overnight campout at Stawamus Chief Provincial Park.
Note: This program is for participants with excellent physical conditioning, some experience hiking, and a responsible attitude towards group travel. Some restrictions to eligibility apply for the sake of risk management.
Duration: 1 Day (8:30am – 5:30pm)
- To expand through firsthand experience our understanding of the Sea-to-Sky region, inparticular how the ecology, setting, and geography of the mountainous forests of coastal BC connect, transform, and influence the societies that have long called them home.
- To connect students to the places in which, and near to where, they live so that they might foster an appreciation for the land and other communities.
- To have fun and employ mental and physical tenacity in a natural playground that inspires active and experiential learning.
All details to be expanded upon in parent information documents. Travel, pick-up, and drop-off can vary depending on group and family preferences.
8:30am – Meet at Canada Place for departure.
10:00am – Arrive Sea-to-Sky Gondola Parking Lot
10:30am – Begin Sea-to-Sky Gondola hiking trail
12:00pm – Lunch on the hike up
1:30pm – Arrive Sea-to-Sky Top Station and explore the area’s attractions.
3:00pm – Download Gondola
3:30pm – Depart for Vancouver
4:30pm – Participant Pick-up at Vancouver Art Gallery
- Hiking appropriate footwear
- Rain jacket and pants
- 1L waterbottle (full)
- Lunch with extra snacks (kids often eat twice the amount of food they would take to school)
- Considerable level of physical fitness.
- Positive attitude and curiosity.
- Medications (if applicable)
- Nature guides
- Magnifying glass, loupe, etc.
- Small folding multi-tool / Swiss Army-style device