Explore the natural playground surrounding Vancouver

Overlooking the scenic Howe Sound, there is much to see and do along the Sea-to-Sky Highway from Vancouver to Whistler.

Overlooking the scenic Howe Sound, there is much to see and do along the Sea-to-Sky Highway from Vancouver to Whistler.

Nestled between the Coast Mountain Range and the Pacific Ocean, the Vancouver, Coast and Mountains region is a diverse blend of four unique geographical areas: Metro Vancouver (a cosmopolitan playground), Sea-to-Sky Country (including world-renowned Whistler), the mighty Fraser Country (including the Fraser River and Canyon) and the unsung, serene Sunshine Coast.

While Vancouver anchors this region, a natural playground begins within its borders, at the famed Stanley Park, and extends limitlessly from there. Think world-class, year-round recreational activities that include skiing and snowboarding, golfing, boating, cycling, hiking, climbing and kayaking.

How to get there
Air Canada and WestJet
offer 40 flights per week.
Flight duration
3 hours 4 mins.

Vancouver, Coast and Mountains is perhaps least known for one of its top highlights: extraordinary day trips. Cruise the two-hour, spectacular drive from Vancouver to Whistler, taking in soaring waterfalls, eagles and canyon vistas as you wind your way up Howe Sound, past the Stawamus Chief in Squamish, and into the mountains. Catch a short ferry ride to the Sunshine Coast, where stunning ocean views, peaceful lakes and a wealth of galleries and quaint shops, featuring local artists, greet you. Or, head east into the Fraser Valley for fantastic bird-watching, heritage sites and a taste of the growing wine region.

As a four-season destination for every age and interest, the beautiful landscapes, wildlife and nature abundant in the Vancouver, Coast and Mountains region leave no person who experiences them untouched.

By Kate MacLennan