Residents of the Lower Mainland enjoy riding the Sea to Sky Gondola to soak in sweeping views of the Howe Sound as well as the soaring mountain ranges.
Now, visitors to the attraction will have a second statuesque attraction to try: an elevated tree walk.
The architecturally stunning tree walk is set to wind its way a soaring 34 metres high, and, as a result of its sky-high stature, it will provide breathtaking 360° views. What's more, it will be accessible for guests of all ages and abilities.
While it is still pending approval, the structure would be the first of its kind in North America.
Visitors will wind their way from the base, through the treetops, and up high into the clouds. The unique, spiral architecture will not only offer panoramic open-air views, but will also provide cover over the walkway for a year-round, weather-independent, sightseeing experience that will enthrall adventurers of every ability.
A return trip from the Summit Lodge around the walk is estimated to be 2.5 km long.
“The elevated tree walk we have envisioned and propose will make it easy for our guests of all ages and abilities to better connect to the great outdoors, regardless of the season and no matter the weather,” says Kirby Brown, Sea to Sky Gondola General Manager.
“This structure would be Canada’s newest iconic landmark, and its location, immersed in nature, will solidify Squamish as a must-see Canadian tourism destination.”
Elevated Tree Walk
Prior to construction the project is subject to First Nations engagement as well as local and provincial government approvals.
“With this new phase, we continue to honour the unceded traditional territory of the Squamish Nation where we reside. We are also proud to align our objectives with the strategic plans and land use policies of the Squamish Lillooet Regional District and the Province,” says Brown.
“The tree walk will preserve, connect and enhance access to natural areas while protecting environmentally sensitive areas,” continues Brown. “We are also confident this new experience will bolster Squamish’s recreation economy by providing accessibility to nature for visitors of all abilities, as well as enhancing the tourism activities Squamish has to offer in off-peak times and during inclement weather. Our goal is to ultimately create another unique and spectacular year-round visitor experience.”
Construction is set to begin in fall 2019 with an estimated opening of spring 2020.