On May 19th, 15 members, with the help of Cantrail Coachlines took off from Canada Place (Cordova Street) to explore the Vancouver to Squamish route and gather a few stamps for the Passport Challenge from the Vancouver Attractions.
A quick jaunt through Stanley Park to check the accessibility of the lanes for a motor coach and a failed attempt to visit the Trestle bridge did not deter the group from exploring! Spoiler alert, while the bridge is finished, the neighbourhood is not, and there will NOT be any parking for full size tour vehicles (sadly)
The first stop was at Sea to Sky Gondola. Group Sales Coordinator Fabiola Riske led us through the process of booking, picking up and getting our guests up the gondola. Please note, it does not look like they will be utilizing the bracelet system this year for tour groups (they aren't expecting as many groups), so if you are bringing a group, there is not currently a system to skip the line and come down as in years past. Please plan accordingly for your timings.
3 members initially signed up for a flight with Sea to Sky Air, however upon arrival the pull of the propellor enticed 3 more to join. The skies were clear and beautiful, and warmly welcomed after the wetter then normal year we have this last few months. Many thanks to David and his team of pilots for getting them aloft! While you can receive the stamps for this flight, you will also, after redemption of your passport a 15% Discount for all their products.
A brief stop in downtown Squamish for lunch along Cleveland Avenue preceded our visit to the Britannia Mining Museum.
Many thanks to Tamsyn Jenkins (Sales and Marketing Manager) and Derek Hang (Manager of Interpretive Delivery) for hosting us. Derek was an excellent host, informative, articulate and enthusiastic. He knew how to tailor the experience for industry professionals and maintain the balance. We even received a behind the scenes look at their newest exhibit, opening today. More Than A Mine examines the recreational lifestyle for residents of the townsite supporting the mine and is in the old welding and machine shop. Well worth a stop!
A few more minutes on the road allowed a brief photo stop at Porteau Cove Provincial Park before heading back to the city with passports in hand and a little more complete!
A full album of photos can be found HERE