In Vancouver, when we say Sea to Sky, we’re usually referring to the road to Whistler which snakes along the shoreline of Howe Sound north of Horseshoe Bay and rises 670 metres in elevation over the 100-kilometre trip to the region’s premier alpine resort at Whistler. The closest we can get to running from sea to sky within the City of Vancouver is the highest point in Vancouver at the top of Queen Elizabeth Park. Starting at Distance Runwear on Main Street, the Sea to Sky-ish loop drops down to Science World, just above sea level and climbs up Ontario Street to the top of Queen Elizabeth Park. Climbing to a height of about 150 metres above sea level, this route is not quite Sea to Sky, but rather Sea to Sky-ish.
START at Main and 32nd Ave — EAST on 32nd — LEFT on Prince Edward St — LEFT at Kingsway to crosswalk at 12th Ave — cross Kingsway to rejoin Prince Edward — at 5th Ave, turn LEFT on 2nd Ave (yes, 2nd and 5th Avenues meet at Brunswick) — RIGHT on Brunswick St — LEFT onto 2nd at Great Northern Way (yes, 2nd becomes Great Northern at Brunswick) — RIGHT on Main — LEFT on 1st Ave — RIGHT on Quebec St — LEFT into Science World parking lot and WEST on path to seawall — LEFT onto Ontario St bike route — RIGHT on 33rd Ave — follow path/road to the top of Queen Elizabeth Park — continue around the Bloedel Conservatory dome and down the path toward 33rd Ave — veer LEFT on path to the park road — through parking lot and bend RIGHT to exit park — LEFT on 37th Ave — LEFT on Main back to 32nd