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 open year-round and are easily accessible regardless of your age and athletic ability!
The Summit Lodge Viewing Deck
The Summit Lodge Viewing Deck will be the first of the three viewing platforms that you encounter. Located only a few footsteps from the gondola’s unloading station, this magnificent 5,000 sq/ft deck faces W/SW and offers breathtaking views of Howe Sound, our coastal mountain range, and the famous Co-Pilot and Sky Pilot mountain peaks. The viewing deck is divided into two levels and 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.
The Chief Overlook Viewing Platform
This dramatic viewing platform cantilevers 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.
The Spirit Viewing Platform
Located only 100m from the Summit Lodge by our Sky Pilot Suspension Bridge or 150m by the Spirit Trail, this viewing platform is easily accessible and offers a different experience than the rest. The Spirit Viewing Platform includes interpretive information on the surrounding landscape and what it means to the Stawamus First Nations people. 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. During the summer months this viewing platform will be an entrance area for many different demonstrations that build on the mythology of the Stawamus First Nations people.