Explore Squamish - June 26, 2018

Canada Day in Squamish

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Canada Day in Squamish

Take charge of your long weekend and plan to celebrate Canada Day in Squamish! Here’s how to spend it.

Community Events 

Canada Day Parade

Canada Day celebrations return to Downtown Squamish on Sunday, July 1, 2018. Festivities will be held in Junction Park along with a people-powered parade starting at Winnipeg Street and Cleveland Street at 10 am. The parade will lead into the Squamish Cenotaph for a flag raising with the Local Legion, First Nations and Mayor. Followed by a Canadian cake cutting ceremony sponsored by Save On Foods.

It’s a jam-packed day of activities including live music, a vendor aisle full of local artisans, kids zone, food trucks, car show, free birthday cake and beer garden. This is an event not to miss! The entertainment will run from 11 am to 10 pm.

Beer Garden

Squamish-based Howe Sound Brewing Company will be featured at the beer garden which opens at 11:30 am.

Live Music

This year’s Canada Day event will feauture an all-star line up of performers on the O’Siyam Pavilion starting at 11 am. Performers include Will Ross, Carolyn Grass and Friends, The Overcomers, The Wells, The Splinters, Squamish Academy of Music, Squamish Dance Centre, Zombie Roof, Bluesberry Jam Showband, The Jocelyn Pettit Band and Howe Sound Dance Academy.

Schedule

11AM Carolyn Grass & Friends
12PM Overcomers
1PM The Wells
2PM The Splinters
3PM Will Ross Music
4PM Howe Sound Dance Academy
4:30PM Squamish Dance Centre
5:30PM Squamish Academy of Music
6:30PM Zombie Roof
7:30PM Bluesberry Jam
9PM Jocelyn Pettit

Classic Cars

New to the festivities this year is the Canada Day classic car show, taking place in front of August Jack Motel. Come to check out some beautiful classic cars on display throughout the day.

50% Off The Squamish Via Ferrata

Celebrate Canada Day by taking in Squamish's very best views. Throughout Canada Day long weekend enjoy 50% off Squamish Via Ferrata tours above the Sea to Sky Gondola. This suitable for all ages activity allows you to clip in and ascend upwards along Squamish's famous granite with the help of metal rungs and a specialized cable system. Along the way, expect to be treated to jaw-dropping views of Howe Sound and the beautiful snow-capped peaks of Sky Pilot above you. It's the perfect way to savour Canada's wild side. 

Visit the Sea to Sky Gondola

 

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Jam packed with activities all weekend long why not celebrate this weekend with a 10-minute gondola ride where sweeping of views of Howe Sound and the coastal mountains will welcome you from every direction. Cross the Sky Pilot Suspension Bridge, look down from the Chief Overlook Viewing Platform and snap a photo from the Spirit Viewing Platform. After your adventurous day, continue to drink in the views, sip drinks or grab a bite at the Summit Lodge where you can lounge on the summit patio or relax inside behind wall to wall windows. 

Events at the Sea to Sky Gondola

Friday: Mountain Music

Enjoy an unforgettable night on the Sky Pilot Patio with a stunning sunset and listen to the toe-tapping beats of the Big Dad Band (Covers, Rock/Pop). Table reservations are on a first come, first-served basis.

Saturday: 50% off Sunset Saturdays

You can watch the sunset from the breathtaking Sky Pilot Patio for 50% off Saturday nights after 5 pm. Enjoy an evening hike followed by drinks and dinner. With this 50% discount, an adult ticket will cost $22.

Take a Hike

 

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Grab a few friends and hit the trails this Canada Day long weekend. Whether you seek to discover someplace new or return to a past favourite trail, you will have a blast walking through nature on some of the finest hiking trails Canada has to offer. Squamish hikes range in difficulty from the ultra-accessible Shannon Falls trail to the quad crushing Stawamus Chief. Here are a few of our favourites!

Murrin Park Loop Trail

Also known as the Quercus Trail, this is a 1.8km loop of intermediate difficulty that meanders through the heart of Murrin Provincial Park. It is the trail used to access most of the rock climbs in the area and offers stunning views of Howe Sound and a glimpse into the world of rock climbing. 

Length: 1.8km
Duration: 1-2 hours
Difficulty: Intermediate

Stawamus Chief (First Peak)

Squamish's most iconic hike offering panoramic views of Howe Sound and the surrounding peaks. The trail begins in the Stawamus Chief parking lot, just South of downtown Squamish. The trail follows a series of stairs as it climbs steeply towards to the top. There are chains to assist you to the top. 

Length: 4km
Duration: 2-3 hours
Difficulty: Strenuous

Shannon Falls

Located just off the highway the hike to Shannon Falls is only 350m each way, the Shannon Falls trail meanders along the base of the falls through old growth Douglas Fir, Hemlock and Western Red Cedar. There are viewpoints along the way and even an opportunity to walk into the boulders at the base of Shannon Creek.

Length: <1km
Duration: 15 to 30 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

View a full list of trails here.