2-day Hot Chocolate Festival Itinerary
Make your way to Squamish and come prepared to indulge in some delicious-ness- it's the Squamish Hot Chocolate Festival after all!
From February 1st to the 22nd, we'll see Squamish cafes and restaurants rolling out their creative concoctions. There are over 20 cafes, restaurants and unique venus -*ahem* a distillery- participating and working hard to create some amazing treats for everyone.
Arriving from the south, our hot chocolate goodness starts as you reach Britannia Beach with Outbound Station joining the roster this year! Nearby is the Chatterbox Cafe at the Britannia Mine Museum where visitors not only get the chance to try their tasty hot chocolate, but take some time to visit the museum as well.
Heading north on the highway, you'll next arrive at the Sea to Sky Gondola, where you can zoom to the summit to taste their delicious hot chocolate feature with a breathtaking view. The next treat to try is one for both kiddos and 19+, as The Match Eatery & Public House located at the Gateway Casino is featuring a fully loaded hot chocolate with optional add-on for adults only.
The next stop is considered one of our hidden gems. Smoke Bluff Coffee House is tucked in the neighbourhood of Valleycliffe, near one of Squamish’s popular rock climbing spots. From here, stop in at the Squamish Adventure Centre for up to date visitor information and local retail therapy at The Squamish Store, while grabbing hot chocolate from Caffe Garibaldi before heading downtown.
Downtown Squamish is the heart of our food, beverage and retail scene and it's bursting with places to visit. Try a specialty hot chocolate made just for the festival at Sunflower Bakery, 1914 Coffee Company, Noshy Cafe, Alice & Brohm, Fox + Oak, Trickster’s Hideout, and Peak Provisions. Strolling up Cleveland Avenue, down Second Avenue all the way to the Chieftain Centre will have all of these locations within reach and allow the opportunity to pop into many of the retail stores along the way. If you’re lucky enough to be here on a Saturday (Feb 3rd or 17th), be sure to check out the Squamish Farmers' Marketand enjoy a hot chocolate creation from Treat Squamish.
After today’s chocolate indulgence, visits to some of our key attractions and fresh air… maybe it’s time to wind down and check into the Sandman Hotel & Suites for the night. But not before checking out Raincity Distillery for either a 19+ hot chocolate option or a mocktail version of their chocolate creations.
Not only will the Sandman Hotel be adding to their breakfast room with a ‘blinged up’ hot chocolate station, they are offering 30% off their standard rooms during the festival to participants! To book your stay at the Sandman Hotel, ensure you mention the Hot Chocolate Festival to get your special rate as a reward for enjoying hot chocolate all day… talk about a win/win!
Rise and shine, time to enjoy that ‘blinged up’ hot chocolate in the breakfast room and get ready for another day of treats!
This morning, take a stroll from the hotel and try the tasty concoction from Tall Tree Bakery, one of our newest additions to the festival. Following that, head north from the Sandman Hotel to Dialed In Cycling to spend this morning trying hot chocolate by bike! Driven to share their passion for mountain biking, the community and the surrounding environment, Dialed In Cycling offers bike rental, guiding, and service shop. Show a receipt from one of your hot chocolate purchases and you will get 30% off any bike rental.
From the Dialed In Cycling base, you can hit up festival stops in and around Garibaldi Village. Here you can try the tasty treats from Lil Chef Bistro, Alice & Brohm (north location), and Cloudburst Cafe.
Over at Ride Hub Cafe you can grab a hot chocolate AND a bike, they are offering 20% off bike rentals with proof of purchase of a Squamish Hot Chocolate Festival drink.
Before heading home….or back to the hotel to nap off the hot chocolate consumption from the morning, consider experiencing Squamish from above on a flightseeing tour!
Sea to Sky Air offers guided, unforgettable flights of British Columbia’s volcanic parks, deep fjords, glacial peaks, & Pacific west coast. During the Hot Chocolate Festival they are offering all supporters 10% off a flightseeing tours (use code HCF2024 when booking and show a receipt when you arrive). After enjoying your flightseeing adventure, remember to check The Bean Brackendale, The Crabapple Cafe and Fergie’s Cafe off your list of hot chocolates, both offering tasty treats in a welcoming atmosphere.
If you have indulged in 10 or more hot chocolates, do not forget to stop in at the Squamish Adventure Centre to drop off your ‘passport’ for the chance to win a sweet, previously-loved, cruiser bike, aptly named Cocoa!