Wellness with a side of axe throwing. Expect the unexpected at Sea to Sky Gondola this summer.

With a packed schedule of events and experiences, hikers, yogis, sightseers and patio connoisseurs can escape into their natural habitats at the gondola summit this summer. Here’s a few of the highlights we’re looking forward to:

Rise + Climb hiking group

early morning hikers at the Sea To Sky Gondola

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With a focus on health and wellness at the Sea to Sky Gondola, the Rise + Climb dedicated group hike will get summer weekends off on the right foot. Rise + Climb will take place every Saturday morning from July 1 to September 2 with pace groups departing from the base at 6:45 a.m., 7:15 a.m. and 7:45 a.m. Hikers can also ascend the 7.5 km forested and rocky trail at their own pace to the summit where a power stretch and coffee at 10:00 a.m. on the patio will wind down the event.

For those who like to work out with a view the Rise + Climb is the perfect way to reward the senses every step of the way.

Mountain Top Yoga Series

Yoga at the Sea To Sky Gondola

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The Sea to Sky Gondola’s mountain top yoga series is back by popular demand and back on the mat Saturday, June 17 with the launch event, Summer Welcome with Yoga. This kick off will see each yoga host for the summer series come together to lead an inspiring day of movement and meditation at the summit.

The yoga series will continue through the summer with daily classes Monday through Friday, June 19-August 31 from 9:45 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. The schedule features “Gentle Awakening” with Annie Martinello on Mondays, “Vinyasa Flow” with North Yoga on Tuesdays and Thursdays, “Yoga + Meditation” with Sarah Manwaring-Jones on Wednesdays and “Bhakti Vinyasa” with Shala Yoga on Fridays.

Axe Throwing with the Axewood Crew

Other must-dos this summer include axe throwing with the Axewood Crew, where guests can huck a hatchet in a safe and controlled throwing gallery. The panoramic vistas from the expansive deck of the Summit Lodge provide the perfect patio experience with cold craft beers, and simple and delicious locally sourced meals.

Embrace the weekend with live music during the Mountain Music Series every Friday night from June 9 to September 22, 2017, or take advantage of Sunset Saturdays when guests can get 50 per cent off their ticket when purchased at the ticket window after 5 p.m. from now until September 22.

Squamish Via Ferrata

Squamish Via Ferrata

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Sea to Sky Gondola summer activities inspire all kinds of adventurers. For an adrenaline fix the Via Ferrata climbing experience with Mountain Skills Academy & Adventures has climbers traversing a catwalk, crossing bridges, and ascending  granite, the “iron way” with steel rungs and a fixed cable system. More experienced hikers use the gondola to glide up to the summit where they can then lace up the hiking boots to journey deeper into the pristine alpine backcountry.

Sea To Sky Gondola Hours

Hours of operation now until September 23 are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday to Thursday and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturdays. Enjoy weeklong hours of 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. during the Sunset Stretch August 4-19. Adult day tickets are $39.95 when purchased online and $41.95 at the ticket window. For guests who plan to visit more than three times, the Sea to Sky Gondola Annual Pass unlocks a year of unlimited access to everything going on this summer, not to mention all four seasons, for $149 + tax for adults and $349 + tax for a family of four. Annual passes are available to purchase at any time of the year, and a day ticket can be upgraded to an Annual Pass within seven days of visit.

Sea To Sky Gondola Shuttle

Coming from Vancouver? The Squamish Connector (24 seats) offers roundtrip shuttle service from three downtown Vancouver locations to the Sea to Sky Gondola. Guests can enjoy three hours at the Sea to Sky Gondola before returning to downtown Vancouver by 4 p.m.

Learn more: https://www.seatoskygondola.com/visit/shuttle.