Top 10 Things to Do In Squamish – Spring & Summer


It’s time to dust off the hiking shoes and head for the hills,
here are our top 10 things to do in Squamish this spring and summer!

Take a Hike! Or a Bike!
The immense network of trails in and around Squamish could keep you busy for months! Check out areas like the Four Lakes Trails and the Estuary by foot; or if you’re up for the challenge, tackle the world-famous trails of the Test of Metal Bike Race.

Get on the Water
Squamish’s location at the head of Howe Sound makes it the perfect place to access not only the ocean but also rivers and lakes. Here you can kite board, windsurf, SUP, sail, kayak, canoe, white water raft, fish, and scuba dive. Or just spend a relaxing day swimming at Alice Lake, Brohm Lake or Cat Lake.

Chow Down
Sushi, East Indian, Pizza, Vegetarian, Thai, Chinese, cafes, fine dining, sports bars, lounges … Squamish has it all, whatever your taste may be.

Fill your Event Calendar
When the sun comes out so do the festivals and events! Squamish plays host to countless festivals and events from May through September. You can see your favourite bands at the Squamish Valley Music Festival, treat yourself to locally made goodies at the Brackendale Fall Fair, watch lumberjacks compete at the Squamish Days Festival, or spend the Day Out with Thomas at the West Coast Railway Heritage Park.

Get Back to Nature
The provincial parks are already accepting camping reservations for this season, and Squamish is a perfect spot to set up your tent and enjoy the quiet of nature. If you’re more of a “glamper” than camper, you can reserve one of the one bedroom log cabins at Porteau Cove, which come complete with kitchen, bathroom and linens!

Get Competitive
Squamish is a great place to be if you’re an athlete, or you’re if you’re feeling competitive! Mountain bikers can tackle the Test of Metal Series with four races from May to August; street cyclists pedal their hearts out from Vancouver to Whistler for the GranFondo; and runners have their choice of 10K, Squamish 50 Ultra Marathon, or the Squamish Triathlon.

Take a Break
If all this activity has worn you out just thinking about it, maybe a sunny afternoon on a patio would make you feel better. The Howe Sound Brew Pub and Watershed Grill both offer great views and cold beverages, or visit the Squamish Adventure Centre for a delicious cup of Galileo Coffee. Coming in 2014 you can enjoy that beverage on a mountain top patio courtesy of the Sea to Sky Gondola.

Take in some History
Visit the Britannia Mine Museum to get a taste of life as a copper miner in the early 1900s; or tour the West Coast Railway Heritage Park to learn about life on the railways of British Columbia.

Shop till you Drop
Squamish offers many vibrant neighbourhoods filled with local shops and artisans, making it the perfect place to find a great souvenir, gift, or décor piece for your own home. And don’t forget to check out the Farmer’s Market every Saturday in downtown Squamish beginning in May.

Conquer the Chief
A Squamish “must-do”, the Stawamus Chief towers over Squamish and provides spectacular views from its three peaks. The hike is classified as intermediate and you’ll definitely feel the burn, but you’ll be rewarded at the top with a panoramic view of Howe Sound, the Tantalus Range, and maybe even some wildlife too.