Level 4 - Pelting: What to Do
Level 4 on the Squamish Rain-o-meter is pelting. Pin pricks leave welts on your face. Soft jazz percussion on the rooftop and the pure promise of pop-up puddles motivates you to get out and go. But there’s a high splash-and-go advisory—beware of curb-hugging vehicles.
Don’t just breathe easier, embrace the rain and breathe wilder.
The puddles are at their most playful and for those daring enough to jump in you will not be disappointed. Today is a wet and wild kind of day, gumboots and Gortex will only shield you for so long before the rain finds it's way in. Adjust your mindset to be wet and pack extra socks for after.
Some say it may be easier to catch fish in the rain, and if you are wading into the river anyways, precipitation will not get in the way of your groove. You can head out on your own or book a guided fishing trip with Chromer Sport Fishing, Pemberton Fish Finder, Trout Country Fishing Guides or Valley Fishing Guides.
Forget the luxury of being dry and take a step on the wild side. Once the rain hits you there is nothing to lose; jump in puddles, get soaked and enjoy a romp in the woods saturated with fun. View a list of our favourite places to puddle jump here.
Find shelter underground at the Britannia Mine Museum, one of the most popular Sea to Sky destinations that combines family fun with a lesson or two in mining history. Hop aboard a real mine train and take a ride back in time to when the site was the largest copper mine in the British Commonwealth. Be sure to check out BOOM! the new multisensory mill show experience that will show you what life was like for miners during the mill's operation.
Listen to the pounding sound of thousands of cubic litres of water clammering down. The closer you stand the more the white noise will erase every other distraction. Dare to enter the splash zone and wet your face in the mist from the falls.
Walk along the vibrant downtown Squamish streets and dash out of the rain and into coffee shops, boutiques and one of a kind shops full of quirky finds. Don't be afraid to get a little soggy along the way, you are surrounded by heated shops and warm beverages in every direction.
Moody views at the Squamish Estuary
When all you want is a beautiful view but don't want to hike to reach it the Squamish Estuary is the place to visit. Drive to the end of Spit Road and try to catch a glimpse of the Stawamus Chief. Walk the easy trail next to the parking lot or just wander to the end of the Spit umbrella in hand. Keep your ears and eyes open, hundreds of birds call this sanctuary home and the sounds of the wildlife come alive at all times of the day.
Trail Feature: Mamquam River Spawning Trails
On a rainy day, the puddle potential on the Mamquam River trail is huge. The trailhead starts just past the Squamish Golf and Country Club and weaves alongside the Mamquam River. Finish up your hike and head over to Cloudburst Cafe across the street for a warm cup of cocoa.
Time: 1 - 2 hours