February 6, 2019 4:12 pm

Sea to Sky Gondola plans expansion with elevated tree walk that spirals 34 metres into sky

WATCH: The operators of the Sea to Sky Gondola are proposing an elevated treetop walk that would start at Summit Lodge and lead guests on a 2.5-kilometre return trip through the trees over Panorama Ridge.

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The operators of the Sea to Sky Gondola have unveiled proposed plans for a unique expansion and elevated tree walk that spirals 34 metres into the sky.

The elevated trail will consist of a 1.25-kilometre walkway through the trees and over wetlands along Panorama Ridge. At the end of the walkway will be a 34-metre spiral that will offer 360-degree views of the area.

Operators say the structure will be the first of its kind in North America.

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The project is subject to approvals from local and provincial governments, as well as engagement with First Nations.

They hope to break ground on the project this fall and open in spring of 2020.

“The tree walk will preserve, connect and enhance access to natural areas while protecting environmentally-sensitive areas,” Sea to Sky Gondola general manager Kirby Brown said.

The tree walk will be the latest tourist attraction in the Sea To Sky Corridor. The Whistler-Blackcomb suspension bridge, which is 130 metres long with an elevation of about 2,000 metres, opened last year.

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