Explore Squamish - June 10, 2020

Family Explorer Itinerary

Photo: Britannia Mine Museum

Two Day Family Explorer

Day 1

Start your trip with a tour of copper mining history at Britannia Mine Museum, visitors are advised to book ahead of time due to reduced museum capacity. During your tour, you will head underground for a live drilling demonstration and a chance to experience total darkness. Be sure to catch BOOM! the hit multimedia experience inside historic Mill no.3. 

Stop in for to-go lunch at onsite Chatterbox Cafe and enjoy the stunning views across the street from the museum at Britannia Beach.

Spend the afternoon enjoying one of Squamish's beautiful mountain lakes:

Plan A

Take the family for a swim at Alice Lake Provincial ParkThere is a small beach area, swim out docks, a kids bike park and lots of trails to explore. Reduced parking is in effect, and trail access features directional signage. The best time to visit is 2-4 pm or after 6 pm. 

Plan B

Drive a little further down the highway to Brohm Lake Recreation Site. The large & deep lake is great for swimming and has plenty of beaches around its perimeter. The loop trail around the lake takes approximately 1-2 hours to walk and is 3.5km roundtrip—the best time to visit in the late afternoon. 

Enjoy a family dinner at Firebread Restaurant at Howe Sound Brewing in downtown Squamish, known for their wood-fired pizza and fantastic views of the Stawamus Chief.

After dinner burn out the whole family at The Ninja Gym. The massive 7,000sqft space features fun obstacles to channel your inner ninja skills and get silly as you take jumps onto massive airbags.

Check into your hotel, Squamish has many fantastic options; Executive Suites Hotel & Resort, Mountain Retreat Hotel & Suites and Sandman Hotel & Suites are family-favourite hotels. 

Day 2

Rise early to go for breakfast at the Crabapple Cafe, their kid's menu is a crowd-pleaser and features kid classics such as pancakes as well as healthier fare. 

After breakfast, check out the West Coast Railway Heritage Park (reopening July 1). The park is open on Saturdays and long weekends from July 1 - September 7, plan your visit accordingly. At the park, there are plenty of new train rides to keep you entertained, including mini-rail, speeder car and big train rides, which are all included in your family admission. The 12-acre park also houses a replica, turn of the century railway town complete with a train-themed playground for kids. 

When you've worked up an appetite head to the sunny patio at nearby Norman Rudy's to refuel for lunch - their avocado fries are a Squamish classic! Kids are welcome to play on the fields in front of the patio. 

Keep the fun going with an afternoon outing to the outdoor Rope Runner Aerial Adventure Park. The massive, 17-metre, high ropes course is suitable for the whole family and includes 50 obstacles to test out during your visit. Once your session has finished, head inside the Squamish Adventure Centre located across the street to order a scoop of well-deserved gelato from Caffe Garibaldi

Cap off the day with a delicious dinner from the Squamish Valley Golf Course. Like Norman Rudy's, their patio also includes plenty of wide-open space for kids to play while you enjoy the parkland views. 

 

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Britannia Mine Museum

Caffe Garibaldi

Chatterbox Cafe

Howe Sound Brew Pub & Firebread Restaurant

Executive Suites Hotel & Resort

Norman Rudy's

Mountain Retreat Hotel & Suites

Rope Runner Aerial Adventure Park

Sandman Hotel & Suites

Squamish Valley Golf Course

The Crabapple Cafe

The Ninja Gym Squamish

West Coast Railway Heritage Park