Explore Squamish - December 30, 2016

Top Picks for Spending New Year’s Weekend in Squamish

New Year's Celebrations Squamish BC

Positioned in the heart of Sea to Sky corridor, Squamish finds itself right in the middle of the winter action and is the prime place to eat, sleep and play! Here are our top recommendations for ringing in the New Year – Squamish style!

For Foodies

New Year’s Eve at the Salted Vine Kitchen & Bar will be sure to please with an early seating that offers a 4-course meal (5:30pm) and a later seating that offers a 5-course meal (8:00pm). Both include a welcome cocktail and a selection of wine pairings to choose from.Book now to reserve your spot.

The Salted Vine Kitchen & Bar, Squamish BC

For Party Goers

Dance the night away at The Barred Owl Pub & Eatery, Squamish’s newest pub. Enjoy an evening of unforgettable live music with 10 DJ’s, delicious appies, fresh oysters and of course champagne! The party starts at 9pm and tickets are available both online and at the door.

For Destination Party Seekers

Head to Howe Sound Brewpub & Firebread Restaurant for a selection of New Year’s Eve celebrations to suit your party style! Pick one or all and if you book a room at the Howe Sound Inn you can skip the cab and take the elevator home.

  1. Pre-party dinner in the Firebread Restaurant: Offers two seating’s (6pm & 8:30pm) for a 3-course dinner with an optional bottle of bubbly for an extra $20. Please call ahead to reserve your seating.
  2. Black & Gold Dance Party: Tonight, your favorite brewpub takes on a formal theme with a black and gold dance party, formal attire is encouraged. Tickets include your first pint and there will be live music provided by Rail Town Sound System, a 9-piece Reggae Band with heavy infusions of dub, funk and rock. The party starts at 10pm and tickets are available in advance at the front desk or at the door. 

For the Casual, Last Minute Plan Maker

”No Tie Required” at the Copper Coil Still & Grill New Years party where they will be serving up the usual cajun inspired smokhouse BBQ menu and a special dinner feature. No plans, no problem! Please note that the Copper Coil does not take reservations either!

For Just Staying In

Don't forget to pick up a bottle or growler of your favorite brew to match your take - out and movie picks.Our top favorites going into 2017 would have to be Howe Sound Brewing's "Ascension" and A-Frame Brewing's "Okanagan Lake Cream Ale".

For Families

Discover pristine solitude in the outdoors on a guided sunset headlamp hike/snowshoe at the Sea to Sky Gondola.  After your hike, cozy up in Summit Lodge and try the new Après menu. This all ages, family friendly hike takes place daily between December 17 - Jan 1 and Saturdays only from Jan 1 - Mar 2017. Snowshoe and crampon rentals are available and headlamps are provided. Registration is recommended and tours depart at 3:45pm.

For Peace & Quiet

Squamish is a bird watcher’s paradise, but in the winter months, it stands apart. Every fall, just when the salmon runs begin, bald eagles from around North America come to Squamish to take shelter for the cold winter months and hunt for their favourite dish. Thousands of salmon in the creeks and rivers around Squamish play host to these great sentinels of the coastal forest and it is truly a sight to behold. For an up close and informative viewing experience head to the Eagle Run Viewing platform where you will find the volunteers from the Eagle Watch Interpreter program ready to assist with high-powered telescopes that allow visitors to view the eagles in a non-intrusive way.

Eagle viewing, Squamish BC

For the Newly Resolved

There’s nothing quite like a hike up the iconic Stawamus Chief to help set those New Year’s resolutions in motion.  Often referred to as “nature’s stair climber” the view from the top of the Chief isn’t too shabby either.  Be sure to check the weather conditions and plan before you go and don’t forget your camera and selfie stick to capture yourself at the top of one of Squamish’s most Instagramable spots! #exploresquamish #explorebc