Level 5 - Buckets: What to Do
Level 5 on the Squamish Rain-o-Meter is buckets of rain. The sheer heft of a raindrop causes mud backsplash on your legs. Hip waders are acceptable apparel. Seasonal creeks will be appearing imminently. The forest canopy offers surprising reprieve. Now’s the time to chase waterfalls.
Don’t just breathe easier, embrace the rain and breathe wilder.
The trails are saturated and there are rivers flowing down the streets of Squamish. It's not the water you need to worry about it's the mud, your pant legs will become filthy the mudguard on your bike will bend from the pressure. The best thing to do is embrace it, this is what washing machines were made for.
Waders and raincoats are the perfect uniform for today. Stay close to the shore and take pleasure plunging your feet deep into the mud. You can head out on your own or book a guided fishing trip with 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 places to puddle jump here.
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 and sound.
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.
A mix of outdoor and indoor activities make a visit to the West Coast Railway Heritage Park an ideal outing for today. Explore the yard when the rain is subdued and when buckets come down venture inside the historical structures in the park or try your luck at the Billy Minor Escape Room.
Moody Views At The Sea To Sky Gondola | Photo: @tophwebster
Visit the Sea to Sky Gondola umbrella in hand and cross through the clouds on the Sky Pilot Suspension Bridge. After perusing the beautiful walking trails dry off at the Summit Lodge before making your way back down to the forest's floor.
Walk along the vibrant streets of downtown Squamish 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.
Trail Feature: The Four Lakes Trail
Put the rain back in rainforest and enjoy a walk on the Four Lakes Trail under the thick canopy of Alice Lake Provincial Park. This forest was designed for the rain, it will be muddy, it will be wet and it will be fully loaded with fun. Complete the loop to walk by four mountain lakes or abbreviate the adventure by turning around at stump lake.
Time: 2 - 3 hours