Explore Squamish - November 17, 2019

Why Winter Flight-Seeing is a Must-Try Activity

Photo: Sea to Sky Air

Why Winter Flight-Seeing is a Must-Try Activity

Take sightseeing to the sky and see the sights of Squamish from hundreds of feet in the open air. Along the way, you'll pass by some of Squamish's larger than life viewpoints only accessible by flight. The winter is one of the best times to fly as you will be greeted with a canvas of fresh snow, frozen waterfalls and unending mountain views. Depending on the exact day and time, an array of everchanging icy blue lakes will make your flight a once in a lifetime experience.

The Experience

From the Squamish Airport, unobstructed views of the Tantalus Range will greet you from across the runway. Arrive early to scope out your future flight path and give yourself ample time to check-in before your departure. All tours will rise high above the airport and the Squamish Valley before heading on route to your destination. Available flights can take you soaring over Squamish, Vancouver, Garibaldi Park, Whistler, Tantalus Provincial Park and more. Private charters are also available. 

Heli-Seeing Tours

Squamish Epic - Blackcomb Helicopters

Spend 24 minutes in the air over the famed Stawamus Chief granite wall, the incredible estuary where the Squamish River meets the Pacific Ocean, and through the immense glaciers of the Tantalus Range. The tour includes a complimentary 15-minute landing at Haberl Hut or Serratus lake.
*Landing is subject to weather

Good to know: Due to helicopter capacity, four people are needed to book this experience. 

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Howe Sound - Black Tusk Helicopters

Take a scenic flight through the Coast Mountains to the tip of Howe Sound and over the Stawamus Chief’s 700-metre granite cliffs. On your way, you will also pass by the renowned Shannon Falls, AKA British Columbia's 3rd highest waterfall. Watch for the many snowcapped mountains behind the Sea to Sky Gondola; the Sky Pilot Massif is a sight to behold in the winter.

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Garibaldi Park Volcanic Wonder - Glacier Air

Take this 40-minute aerial journey over one of the largest provincial parks in beautiful British Columbia. Explore the snow-covered volcanic landscape and massive glaciers in this pristine park. You will see sights only accessible by air or several days of ski touring! This tour includes a panoramic flight over gorgeous Garibaldi Lake and the Sphinx glacier. You will be amazed at the grandeur of Diamond Head, Table Mountain and the breathtaking Black Tusk. Truly AWESOME!

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Squamish Explorer - Sea to Sky Air 

Gasp in awe as you fly through regions of Squamish that most locals don’t even know exist and photograph areas explored only by grizzly bears, goats, eagles, and the occasional mountaineer. On the Squamish Explorer tour, you’ll get a little bit of all things Squamish rolled into one. Alpine lakes, jagged peaks, secret waterfalls, and rumbling glaciers are just a few of the unforgettable sights that will leave your jaw on the floor…and wait until you see the Tantalus Range all dressed up in a coat of winter snow. 

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What To Do After

Even after your feet touch on the ground, you may find yourself still soring high. A fun-filled afternoon of activities is certainly in order, here are our recommendations on what to do next. 

  • Book an Eagle Viewing Tour
    Now that you've seen Squamish from a bird's eye perspective, take the opportunity to marvel at nature's greatest flying wonders, the Squamish eagles. Eagle Float tours, horseback tours and walking tours depart from nearby locations in the Squamish Valley or head towards town for an eagle bike tour through the Squamish Estuary.
  • Explore your flightpath on foot
    Get up close and personal with the sights of Squamish by exploring the local landscape on foot. Venture on a snowshoe trip to Red Heather Hut in Garibaldi Provincial Park (4 hours roundtrip), hike the Stawamus Chief (2-3 hours roundtrip) or browse the many other trails available in Squamish. 

 

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