We have three main viewing platforms that offer new and exciting views of the surrounding mountains and the ocean below.
All three of these viewing platforms are easily accessible, regardless of age and athletic ability, and are open all-year.
The Summit Lodge Viewing Deck
The Summit Lodge Viewing Deck is the first of the three viewing platforms that you encounter. Located footsteps from the gondola’s unloading station, this magnificent 5,000 sq/ft deck offers breathtaking views of Howe Sound, our coastal mountain range, and the famous Co-Pilot and Sky Pilot mountain peaks. The viewing deck is attached to our Summit Lodge which has a fully licensed restaurant and bar. The Summit Lodge Viewing Deck is the perfect place to enjoy a meal and a refreshing beverage while taking in the views. In the summer months, we host a number of events on the deck including live music, yoga, wine pairing dinners and more. See the event schedule.
The Chief Overlook Viewing Platform
This dramatic viewing platform hangs over hundreds of metres of sheer drop. It's a unique, heart-thumping opportunity to stand close to the edge and see the landscape surrounding Howe Sound. Facing North, you can see the Mamquam Valley, get clear views of Mt. Atwell, watch hikers on the backside of the Chief from above, and watch the windsurfers and kiteboarders at “The Spit” (a famous windsurfing spot). This viewing platform is accessed from the middle of the Panorama Trail and is approximately 800 metres from the Summit Lodge (roughly 10-20 minute walk depending on your pace).
The Spirit Viewing Platform
Located only 100m from the Summit Lodge via the Sky Pilot Suspension Bridge, 150m via the Spirit Trail, this viewing platform is easily accessible and offers a different experience than the rest. The Spirit Viewing Platform has interpretive information displays along the trail where you can learn about the surrounding landscape, wildlife and Stawamus First Nations culture and history. It is a great place to learn about the rich history of the Squamish Nation who have lived off of this land since before recorded history. This viewing deck has been used as a beautiful wedding ceremony location. Learn more about booking your wedding here.