Top 5 Things To Do Between Vancouver & Whistler This Spring

1. Scuba dive in the Howe Sound – West Vancouver

Well protected in winter months from the Squamish winds, The Canyons in the Howe Sound is an all-around great dive for beginners and experts, and this dive never fails to charm.  The reef area is very large, so you can dive it many times going in different directions from the mooring buoy and never cross the same areas.

Scuba Diving guide: http://seadragoncharters.com

A cheeky seal on a scuba diver's flipper at Sea Dragon Charters

Photo: Dale Sanders – Sea Dragon Charters

British Columbia was voted the best diving destination in North America because of its nutrient rich waters and iconic marine biodiversity. Explore the emerald waters of Howe Sound on Sea Dragon Charter’s five hour adventure. On this tour you can commonly see pacific octopus, wolf eels, nudibrachs, and beautifully bizarre fish such as the decorated warbonnet, and grunt sculpin.

Low season is between Sept 30 – May 1, with tours leaving at 8am on Saturdays and Sundays. To book contact Sea Dragon Charters here: http://seadragoncharters.com/scuba-diving-vancouver-vancouver-island-charter-dive-boat-british-columbia/

2. Take a sightseeing flight over the Sea To Sky – Squamish

Every Thursday in March, for only $45 per person, groups of 3 can experience the Squamish valley from a bird’s-eye-view with flightseeing tour operator, Sea To Sky Air. The offer is only available once a year between March 1 – March 31 and is a perfect way to spend a spring afternoon.

Book the $45 Sea To Sky local’s deal: http://www.seatoskyair.ca/locals-45-special/

Good to know: All ages can fly and if there is a “no fly day” due to bad weather Sea To Sky Air will re-book your flight for any day of the week!

On the flight you’ll soar over one of the most spectacular landscapes in British Columbia. The 20 minute flight will take you and 3 friends shoulder-to-shoulder with mountains that were forged over 250,000,000 years ago, you’ll fly down the Squamish valley with a view of the Howe Sound for as far as the eye can see, and swoop over the chief and the Sea to Sky gondola.

Last year the flight offer was incredibly popular and was fully booked for the first two weeks that it ran, so we recommend that you book early.

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3. Free Live Music At World Ski & Snowboard Festival – Whistler

World Ski & Snowboard Festival (WSSF) has teamed up with FIDO to bring some of Canada’s best artists to Whistler in April. Just a few of the bands and musicians that have performed at the FIDO Outdoor Concert Series include Chromeo (DJ set), A Tribe Called Red, Bear Mountain, and BADBADNOTGOOD.

Do you need to buy a Festival pass or ticket?

No. There is no admission fee to take part in the World Ski & Snowboard Festival. Many of the events are free! Free events include the daily concerts on the main stage in the village and in the clubs during Kokanee Freeride Club Series (19+ only), State of the Art, the Whistler DogFest, Mascot Mayhem, and many other activities, events and showcases throughout the Village walkways. Tickets are required for a few of the evening events, including The END, Intersection, the Pro Photographer Showdown and the 72hr. Filmmaker Showdown.

For the full list of FIDO Outdoor Concert Series headliners see the WSSF website.

For 2017, the FIDO Outdoor Concert Series will at the WSSF mainstage will be at Skiers Plaza in Whistler Village from April 7 – 16. Alongside international headliners, watch out for awesome local bands on the main stage at Skiiers Plaza.

4. Hike/Snowshoe at the top of the Sea To Sky Gondola – Squamish

Spring in the Sea to Sky corridor can be a real mixed bag. It’s not uncommon to experience all four seasons in one day. If you’re someone who likes being outdoors no matter what, the Sea to Sky Gondola has a series of great trails at the top that are perfect for hiking or snowshoeing, depending on the weather.

If you like to earn your views by hiking from the valley, the Sea To Summit Trail will take you from the base of the gondola to the very top in around 3 hours, depending on your hiking speed.

The Shannon Basin Loop Trail is one of our favourite trail if you’re looking for a moderately to easy, 2-4 hours adventure. The trail is a winding loop that follows the terrain around the Shannon Creek watershed and offers views of Goat Ridge, Shannon Creek, Skypilot and the top of the gondola.

Get the full trail details here: https://www.seatoskygondola.com/adventures/hiking/shannon-basin-loop

5. Full Moon Sea Kayaking – Bowen Island

The full moon rising over Cypress Mountain is spectacular. On a clear night, the moonlight shimmers on the water, illuminating the surrounding shoreline. These views are best seen from a kayak, far away from city lights. Typically, this special tour is only offered on the two evenings closest to the full moon.

Guide: http://www.bowenislandkayaking.com/

Night sky with full moon and reflection in sea and clouds
Full moon kayak tour is run by Bowen Island Kayaking for $85. The first spring dates are: April 22nd and May 21.

Sunset and sunrise tours, and the full moon kayak can all be booked at : http://www.bowenislandkayaking.com/classes-item/three-hours/

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