Explore Squamish - May 01, 2019

Oh Canada: Most Canadian Activities in Squamish

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Oh Canada: Most Canadian Activities in Squamish

Celebrate Canada D'eh long weekend and tick off some of Squamish's most Canadian experiences this July 1!

1. Celebrate at a Canada Day Party

Downtown Squamish Annual Celebration | July 1

Dig out your best red pants, grab a handheld mini flag and paint your face with maple leaves to kick off Canada Day at Squamish's very own community celebration. Start the day off at 10 am with a parade down Cleveland Avenue then head over to Junction Park where you will find live music, dance performances, a vendor village, kids' zone, and mouth-watering food trucks. The evening party starts at 7 pm with more live music, a beer garden and celebratory fireworks. 

The Canada Day Parade in downtown Squamish | Photo: Downtown Squamish BIA

Cliffside Cider 1st Anniversary / Canada Day Party | July 1 

Cliffside Cider is launching into their second year and they are inviting everyone to celebrate with them. Drop by for food, fun and great cider from 12 pm - 1 am. 

Backyard Apres at Norman Rudy's | June 29

Check out Backyard Apres at Norman Rudy's on June 29. The festival will feature musical performances by Big Sugar, Dakota Pearl, Old Soul Rebel, and She Stole my Beer. There will also be delicious eats and liquid treats set against the stunning backdrop of Squamish. Buy tickets here

2. Raft Down a Glacial River 

Canadian’s love cold water and rafting down one of our glacier-fed rivers is not only the best way to cool off on a hot summer afternoon but also an authentic way of celebrating the country. Special discounts are available throughout the weekend with Canadian Outback Rafting and Squamish Rafting.

Photo: Canadian Outback Rafting Company

3. Go Paddling With a Mountain View

Rent a canoe, kayak or paddleboard and dip your paddle into Howe Sound or one of Squamish's beautiful freshwater lakes. Wearing red is highly recommended and taking a photo holding a flag high in the sky will earn you additional Canada Day points. Tours are available with Norm Hann Expeditions and Sea to Sky Adventure Company.  

4. Visit Canada's Olympic Legacy at the Olympic Park

In 2010 more than a third of all the Olympic medals were awarded at the Olympic Park, located 20 minutes north of Squamish. Take a photo with the Olympic rings, hike up the towering ski jump or take an introductory biathlon tour where you can take aim and shoot a 22 calibre rifle on a mini walking/running biathlon race at the Olympic shooting range.

5. Consume Some Canadian Crafted Beverages

Craft beverages are a part of Canadian culture and in Squamish, you can take your pick of beer, cider, spirits, coffee and the list goes on. Dress in your best white and red and prepare for a party, Canada Day only happens once a year. 

6. Wear Flannel on a Hike 

Take a hike to explore a piece of our nation's natural playground. Wearing plaid is highly encouraged, as are Canadian Tuxedo's, tuques or anything red. View a list of Squamish's most popular trails here.  

7. Summit the Via Ferrata

Ascend the Via Ferrata with Mountain Skills Academy & Adventures for a thrilling no climbing experience requ­­­ired adventure up Squamish’s legendary granite walls. 50% off all Canada Day long weekend.

8. Digest Canadian History at a Museum

West Coast Railway Heritage Park

In Western Canada's early years, the Pacific Eastern Railway, now known as BC Rail helped carve our province into the vibrant communities that exist today. View 100-year-old passenger trains and visit a replica turn of the century rail town at the West Coast Railway Heritage Park. Kid's (and parents) will enjoy the 3km mini rail which tours you around the park and makes a perfect family outing for conductors in training.

Britannia Mine Museum

Visit Britannia Mine Museum where you can pan for gold and watch BOOM! the new multisensory show that will take you on a visual journey to discover the role mining played in Canada’s history. Be sure to also take part in the underground tour and leave yourself enough time to peruse the many exhibits--there is plenty to see. 

9. Toast to Great Canadian Inventions Over Caesars

Over the years many great inventions have taken form in Canada, peanut butter, poutine and the fibreglass goalie mask are just a few. Caesars were also invented in Canada and Squamish has a few key places around town serving up extra delicious creations. 

Best Ceasars in Squamish: Copper Coil Still & Grill, Howe Sound Brew PubMatch Eatery & Public House, and Norman Rudy's who offer "Norm’s Caesar" made with dill-infused vodka, Walter’s craft Caesar mix, charcuterie and cheese!

Celebrating Canada on the Patio at the Copper Coil Still & Grill | Photo: The Copper Coil Still & Grill

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