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BC Stars Sunday Drive: The Sea to Sky Gondola

BC Stars Sunday Drive: The Sea to Sky Gondola

British Columbia
Sunday, August 6, 2017 -
8:30am to 1:00pm
Squamish
British Columbia

The BC Long Weekend Sunday Drive: What’s better to do on the BC Day holiday weekend, than take leisurely drive to enjoy the scenery? Well, a few of us felt that way and we headed out on the famous Hwy 99 Sea to Sky road that runs from Vancouver to Whistler. Amidst the worst forest fire season in years we met in North Vancouver by the Mercedes-Benz dealership, to start our 52 km. ‘scenic’ drive to the gondola at Squamish, BC. https://www.seatoskygondola.com/facilities/parking Ron Price brought his beautiful SLS ‘Gullwing’ and wowed some young locals by the Tim Hortons’ at our staging point. There were five cars in all, and three of us were driving open cars. Frank Edwards was determined to drive his W124 E320 cabriolet with the top down, even if he had to borrow more clothing to keep warm! The morning air was a comfortably cool as we set off for our coastal highway drive. The open-air motoring was wonderful, however not very scenic. The sea was clouded by a smoky pall coming down the valley from the Whistler area, as fires burned nearly unchecked in the BC Interior. It clung to our nostrils even as we drove at highway speeds. The good news was, there were no crowds at the gondola when we arrived, and we decided to make the best of our BC Stars group outing. “Even through all of the smoke from the BC interior forest fires, the ride up the Sea to Sky Gondola was amazing. The gondola's 1,920 meter length took us up a vertical rise of 850 meters . . . and smooth as silk.” – Bruce Woloshyn Indeed, even though there was not much of a view, we all enjoyed posing for photographs on the suspension bridge and lookout points at the top. For lunch, we visited the Howe Sound Brew Pub in Squamish, a local favourite with great food and craft beers. http://www.howesound.com/brew-pub All in all, it was a casual fun day with a great drive and wonderful company. Photo credits: Matt Peck, Bruce Woloshyn, Saras Mudaliar

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