5-Day Getaway for Families

5-Day Getaway for Families

 

If you're looking for a playground for both adults AND children, then Squamish is the place for you. We may be more well known for big adventures, but there’s a reason why so many families have settled in the area. Every adult adventure has a child-size counterpart – so if you’re keen to bike, hike, paddle and play in Squamish’s great outdoors we couldn’t be happier to host you on your visit.

Here’s just a few of our recommendations that we think everyone in your family will appreciate.

 

Our Recommendations

Explore: Britannia Mine Museum, Railway Museum of BC, Whitewater Rafting, Rope Runner Aerial Park
Stay: Sandman Hotel & Suites
Eat & Drink: Match Eatery & Public House, Cloudburst Café, Cork & Craft Taphouse, Alice & Brohm, Howe Sound Brewing, Sunflower Bakery & Café, Narwhal's Ice Cream, Backcountry Brewing

 

DAY 1

Image: Sandman Hotel & Suites

As you roll your brood into town you might be ready for a bite before you check into your hotel. A stop at Match Eatery & Public House is a great introduction to Squamish as you settle into a spot on their expansive patio, right in the impressive shadow of the Stawamus Chief with magnificent views of Howe Sound.

After waiting the obligatory 30 minutes before swimming, now you’ll be ready to check into your hotel. The Sandman Hotel & Suites is located right off the Sea to Sky Highway and the kids will be amped to splash into the pool, complete with winding slide and hot tub.

DAY 2

Image: Britannia Mine Museum

Start the day with coffee and breakfast goodies over at the Cloudburst Café. There's plenty of room for the kids to run around and a playground to explore. If it's a Saturday you can head over to the Railway Museum of British Columbia to wander amongst their collection of heritage railway cars and artefacts. The 12-acre site represents a typical mid-20th century railway facility and town centre where you can hop aboard the Mini Rail, new Speeder car or big trains for rides.

Get ready to rock as you head just south of Squamish to Britannia Beach and the Britannia Mine Museum. This 10-acre award-winning museum and National Historic Site is full of all-ages fun including rock and mineral activities, gold panning, museum tours and an underground mine train that you can ride. Their newest attractions, the BOOM! interactive show and TerraLab Learning Space make the outing interesting, educational and a downright awesome day.

A meal at local brewery and restaurant Howe Sound Brewing makes everyone happy as the kids can order up pizza or burgers and parents can try their award-winning selection of craft brews.

DAY 3

Image: Squamish Rafting

Squamish is one of BC's top whitewater rafting spots with two rivers that offer different experiences. The Cheakamus River has gentler, slower-moving water that make it a great options for families with smaller children. If your kids are game for more challenging fast-flowing rapids then the Elaho-Squamish River is the one for you. Along the way you'll be able to take in the fantastic old-growth forests, cliffs, waterfalls, and wildlife too.

Rafting works up an appetite so once you're dry, head over to Cork & Craft Taphouse. This restaurant's mission is to create a family-friendly environment with a focus on healthy, fresh food and a memorable experience. Try their craft brews and spirits while you recall the day's best stories over a wonderful meal.

Wrap up the day with a special real fruit ice cream over at Alice & Brohm.

Day 4

Image: Rope Runner Aerial Adventure Park

Give yourself a little time today to wander around downtown Squamish and the waterfront boardwalk along Logger's Lane. Be sure to pay a visit to Sunflower Bakery & Café for coffee and breakfast goodies, including their famously fun donuts.

From downtown you can pop over to the Adventure Centre to visit the gift shop and inquire about other activities. We suggest popping across the street to the visit the Rope Runner Aerial Park, a towering 17-metre high structure that features a series of challenges and elements from easy to unequivocally challenging. This perfectly safe high wire experience will push your limits to see just how bold and brave you can be. Perfect for people of all ages!

Following your high-flying shenanigans you can visit the nearby Narwhal's Ice Cream for a treat or head down to Backcountry Brewing for pizza to finish off the day.

DAY 5

Image: Sea to Sky Parks

They say all good things must come to an end. If you've got a bit of time before you have to head home, a quick visit to one of Squamish's many parks is always a nice idea, or paying a visit to one of your favourite new spots is a welcome decision as well.

Drive safely and we hope to see you in Squamish again some day!