7 Sea To Sky Highway Photo Stops You Must Do This Winter

Highway 99 is more commonly known to travellers as the Sea To Sky Highway.

It’s a world-famous stretch of unbroken road that winds from the coastal city of Vancouver, along the banks of the Howe Sound in Squamish, past the Stawamus Chief, through the foothills of Garibaldi Provincial Park towards the mountain resort of Whistler, BC, and onward beyond the peaks and meadows of Pemberton, over the mountain pass at Duffy Lake Road (aka The Duffy), ending in the old gold mining town of Lillooet.

Sea To Sky Highway From Vancouver To Whistler

Any time of year this drive is spectacular. We regularly drive from Whistler to Vancouver and the view *never* gets old. In fact, if you talk to the locals who live here, the Sea To Sky Highway drive is one thing they all get excited to show visiting friends and family.

The landscape on the BC Sea To Sky Highway changes with the seasons and you could easily spend a day or two (or three) if you stopped at everything amazing along its entire length. So to keep this post concise we’re just going to focus on the part between Vancouver and Whistler.

All-season guide: Ultimate Guide of Free Things To See & Do Between Vancouver & Whistler on The Sea-To-Sky Highway

7. The Tantalus Range Lookout, Squamish

One of the most iconic stops along the Sea To Sky Highway, this view-point will never disappoint.

The Tantalus lookout is on the south side of the highway, keep an eye-out for the Tantalus Range pullout and information hut. You can turn off the south-bound side directly into the lookout but you cannot turn in from the north-bound lane.

Good to know: There is an alternate parking lot on the north-bound side, on the corner, directly opposite the main pullout –it’s easy to miss so we recommend that you stop in here on your way back south.

6. Paradise Valley, Squamish

We captured this stunning early #morning shot while driving the #SeatoSky highway in #BritishColumbia yesterday. We pulled in to the Tantalus Range lookout and were blown away by a view that most people miss! This is looking down in to #Paradise Valley and it’s not hard to see how it got it’s name ? The Sea To Sky Highway runs from #Vancouver to #Whistler and is a permanent feature on most “Top 10 Drives” list. It’s just one of a million reasons to come visit Whistler! We love the mountains in #spring, where’s your favourite place to be when it starts to warm up? #choosemountains #photooftheday #mountains #inspiration #idratherbeexploring #explorebc #explorewhistler #tourcanada #enjoycanada #pnwcollective #pnwonderland #natureaddict #landscape #valley #happy #love #travelling #adventuretime #sunrise #canadaswonderland #outdooradventurephotos

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Once you’ve got your fill of the Tantalus Range, make sure you turn your attention (and camera) south for a moment and let your eyes absorb the incredible view of Paradise Valley. Our favourite time to shoot this view over Paradise Valley is early in the morning, just before the sun rises but right as the sunbeams start to illuminate the morning fog –*sigh* we love it there.

5. Porteau Cove, Squamish

British Columbia ? #Canada #howesound #porteaucove #bccanada ??

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Like many of these stops, Porteau Cove is on the shores of the Howe Sound – the most southerly fjord in North America. It’s 38 km north of Vancouver on the Sea-to-Sky Highway and 20 km south of Squamish. Porteau Cove park is around 50 hectares in size and is  very popular area for scuba diving, with a series of artificial reefs including two sunken vessels.

4. Lighthouse Park, West Vancouver

Snowy Point Atkinson. #lighthousepark #vancouverisawesome #howesound #winterchinookfishing #winterfishing #vancouversnow

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Lighthouse Park is covered in virgin rainforest and marks the point where the Burrard Inlet meets the Howe Sound. At the southern tip of the peninsula is Point Atkinson Lighthouse. The original lighthouse was built there 1875 and then was replaced in 1912 with the lighthouse that stands today. Point Atkinson was named by Captain George Vancouver in 1792 and is a National Historic Site of Canada.

Good to know: There is a network of hiking trails in the park, but they are fairly rough and can very be slippery when wet. Access to the park is through Beacon Lane off Marine Drive.

3. Whytecliff Park, West Vancouver

Whytecliff Park near Horseshoe Bay is a beautiful place for an easy coastal stroll, especially with all this snow! ?

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Whytecliff Park was one of the first Marine Protected Areas in Canada and is home to more than 200 marine animal species.

Local knowledge: Whytecliff Park is close to the West Vancouver neighbourhood of Horseshoe Bay. In 1909 the community’s original name was White Cliff City until Colonel Albert Whyte pressed for the spelling change from White Cliff City to Whytecliff in 1914…and the rest is history, as they say.

2. Brandywine Falls near Whistler

She brings the light. She makes the world right.

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#brandywinefalls #snow #canada #whistler

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Brandywine Falls is almost 70 meters high and crashes down over a vertical cliff into a bowl-shaped crater that fills with frozen water vapour in the winter. The falls are located in Brandywine Provincial park which is at the centre of at least four basaltic lava flows, nearly 34,000 years old, that created the vertical walls surrounding the falls.

1. Sea To Sky Gondola Viewing Platform & Suspension Bridge, Squamish

Bridge swinging with @b_maclel ???

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The Sea to Sky Gondola takes visitors from the Squamish valley floor, high up into the alpine. From the top you have access to a number of beautiful snowshoe trails, two viewing platforms with nearly 360° views of the Howe Sound and coast mountains, and a magnificent suspension bridge.

Good to know:  Guided snowshoe tours run all winter for $71. The tour will take you through a majestic sub-alpine forest leading to a lookout platform above the legendary Chief Mountain, Howe Sound, and the Squamish Valley.

Get the Sea To Sky Highway photo stop Google Map

Check it out here: http://bit.ly/SeaToSkyHwyPhotoStops. It’s open access to the public so you can view it on your smart phone, tablet and computer where ever you are.

Have fun and tag #SummitLodge in your photo to be featured on our Instagram account.