AAA Traveler - Winter 2016 - (Page 32)

ALL IN A DAY Stepping Out in Squamish Nestled between Vancouver and Whistler, Squamish offers amazing views of Canada's Sea to Sky corridor. It also presents year-round adventures that take advantage of its prime placement between snowcapped peaks and Howe Sound. Sea to Sky Gondola West Coast Railway Heritage Park Operating year-round, the Sea to Sky Gondola whisks you 2,903 feet above sea level to a platform, where sweeping panoramas show off the surrounding coastal mountains and glacier-dotted Howe Sound. Enjoy the views as you cross the Sky Pilot Suspension Bridge or walk the roughly 1-mile Panorama Trail. From both vantages and depending on the weather, you may spy rock climbers on Chief Stawamus, a granite dome with strong ties to the stories and culture of the Squamish First Nations people. Take a break from the outdoor adventures to explore Western Canada's railroad history. The West Coast Railway Heritage Park house a giant collection of cabooses, trains and locomotives, including the world-famous Royal Hudson steam locomotive and the only authentic Railway Post Office car in Canada. In total, 90 heritage railway cars and artifacts are on display. Thrill-seekers can reach the same views on the Via Ferrata, or the "Iron Way," a climbing adventure that allows adults and kids to clip into a system of metal rungs and cables. Poke around the boutiques and eateries that line Cleveland Avenue to appreciate unique retail offerings and delicious farm-to-table dining. Wander the streets of this authentic West Coast mountain town to discover First Nations influences, award-winning brews and spirits, and a picturesque oceanfront dotted with driftwood. Bald Eagle Watching Rent a Bike Each winter, Brackendale Eagles Provincial Park, welcomes North America's highest concentration of wintering bald eagles. Interpretive displays share information about the birds, and on weekends during the peak season from December to February, members of the Squamish Environment Society Eagle Watch Interpreter Program are available to answer questions. For a different perspective, take an Eagle View Float trip with Sunwolf Rafting. Miles of trails criss-cross this area, making it an epicenter for hiking and biking. You've already walked the Panorama Trail, so rent a mountain bike-available in all seasons-and pedal area trails. Ski Callaghan Nordic Centre presents trails for winter biking. In other seasons, seek out gentle cruiser trails near the Squamish Estuary or in the northern neighborhood of Brackendale. Trails accommodate all ages and skill levels, some winding through gorgeous old-growth forests. Do you have off-the-beaten-path recommendations in a favorite city? Share them with 32 VISIT YOUR LOCAL AAA OFFICE CALL 1-800-750-5386 CLICK AAA.COM/TRAVEL IMAGE: SEA TO SKY GONDOLA/PAUL BRIDE Downtown Squamish http://www.AAA.COM/TRAVEL

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of AAA Traveler - Winter 2016

AAA Traveler - Winter 2016
On the Move
Your Story
Big Time, Small Groups
Expert Challenge
Trip Notes
Sail Like a Royal
Mind, Body, & Soul
Sought After Street Markets
Lavish in Las Vegas
Maui's Most Famous Drive
All In a Day
Photo Challenge

AAA Traveler - Winter 2016