Whistler Bungee Bridge
Whistler's Bungee Bridge is a very convenient and beautiful stop on the way to or from Whistler from Vancouver. Just 20 minutes south of the Village on the Sea to Sky Highway, then just a 3 kilometre logging road takes you right to the stairs up to this amazing bridge. Open year-round and surprisingly accessible, even in the snowy winter months, thousands of cars drive by every day and never take a look. With so many sights on the Sea to Sky Highway to see, the Whistler Bungee Bridge is one of the nicer and certainly one of the most convenient to see.
The Whistler Bungee Bridge is part of the fantastic Sea to Sky Trail. This 180 kilometre walking, hiking, biking, snowshoeing, cross country skiing trail, cuts right through Whistler. This non-motorized, multi-use trail extends from Squamish, through Whistler, north through Pemberton and all the way to D'Arcy. Pieced together over the years, the Sea to Sky Trail saw a frenzy of construction recently and is now complete throughout Whistler. If you measure from Brandywine Falls Provincial Park, south of Whistler to WedgeWoods Estates north of Whistler, the trail runs 33 kilometres. And the wonderful, and almost unbelievable thing about this 33 kilometres, is that it has only one road crossing where you have to check for cars. The entire, rest of the route is dirt, gravel or paved trails that weave through the spectacular forest that surrounds Whistler.
Driving directly to the Bungee Bridge is, of course, one of several ways to get there. Another great way to see it is by foot or bike via Brandywine Falls Provincial Park. Roundtrip to the Whistler Bungee Bridge and back is just 6 kilometres and can take less than two hours. Brandywine Falls, though extremely popular in the summer and fall months, hides behind a massive, snowplow formed, wall of snow from (usually) December to March.
The gate to the parking lot is closed and usual buried with snow in the winter. Attempting to hike to the falls on foot is tough as you find yourself thigh deep in snow right from the start. But if you have snowshoes this trail becomes a winter paradise. The snowplows intentionally clear a winter parking area for the park near the (buried) gate.
You just have to scramble over the mountain of snow, cross the parking lot and follow the signs. The easy-to-follow trail begins just across the parking lot. There are plenty of Sea to Sky Trail signs and even a beautiful mapboard in the parking lot. Just across the bridge at the parking lot you will see the first sign for the Sea to Sky Trail. Turn right here and in five minutes you will see the amazing Brandywine Falls from the viewing platform.
From the viewing platform you have to return from where you came and turn right at the Sea to Sky Trail sign indicating the Cheakamus Bungee Bridge in 2.6km. The snowshoeing trail is wide and easy to follow. After a few hundred metres you come to your first viewpoint of the valley and distant mountains. The trail ascends fairly quickly and then opens up to some more views before reaching the amazing Bungee Bridge high above Cheakamus River.
Whistler Bungee Bridge - Directions
From Whistler Village at Village Gate Blvd, zero your odometer and drive south on the Sea to Sky Highway. At 13 kilometres turn left onto the Cal-Cheak FSR. Follow the signs to Whistler Bungee for 3 kilometres and park just steps from the stairs to the Bungee Bridge.
Whistler Bungee Bridge & Sea to Sky Trail Map
The Bungee Bridge is on the beautiful Sea to Sky Trail. For more info on this section of the Sea to Sky Trail click the map.
More Whistler Area Driving Destinations
Porteau Cove is well known in the Scuba Diving community for amazing diving. In fact a ship was purposely sunk in the area to increase the already amazing diving appeal. Other underwater curiosities make this a well used and beautiful place to dive. On any given day, you will see groups of scuba divers in the distance or getting in or out of the water. Their entry area by the boat ramp has a nice description of what is under the water that makes it such a fascinating place to dive. Northair Mine is a surreal little world of colourful murals on abandoned cement foundations, surrounded by an astoundingly tranquil little lake in a secluded forest. Just a short logging road off of the Callaghan Valley Road takes you to this unusual little abandoned mine. You would have driven by the turnoff if you have been to Whistler Olympic Park, which is just a couple kilometres away. Northair Mine gets its name from the Vancouver based mining company Northair Group. The mine was in production from 1976 and extracted 5 tons of gold before being abandoned in 1982. Northair Mine is tricky to find and even when you near it, the turnoff is not obvious. However, once you find it, it is quite a sight. The area that encompasses Northair Mine is huge. About 2 kilometres long, edged by a cliff on one side and a beautiful lake on the other. A nice, smooth gravel road runs through the area, along the edge of the lake toward Whistler Olympic Park.is a beautiful little stop on the way to or from Whistler. You will notice the lack of washroom stops on the way to or from Whistler on the Sea to Sky Highway, and if nothing else, makes Porteau Cove a perfect rest stop. Aside from washrooms there is a wonderful pier with viewing platforms that hover high above the ocean of this majestic and enormous Canadian fjord - the most southerly fjord in North America. There is a nice campground that extends down the shore towards Vancouver.
Another gravel road runs through the massive cement foundations of what must have been quite a large building. Beautiful graffiti art covers some of the cement pilings and scattered remnants indicate that this skeleton of a building has been home to its share of gatherings since being abandoned.