Explore Squamish - January 01, 2020

New Year, New Things to Try in Squamish

Photo: Britannia Mine Museum

New Year, New Things to Try Right Now in Squamish

Rich with lakes, rainforests, the Pacific Ocean and an array of world-class recreation opportunities, Squamish is loaded with adventures. If you're looking to try something new in 2020, here's the inside scoop on what's new in Squamish. 

New Tours

Horseback Riding in the Squamish Valley


Photo: Cheekye Ranch

Imagine riding a horse through lush rainforest surrounded by dramatic, snow-capped mountains. That's the difference between an ordinary horseback riding tour and one based in Squamish. At Cheekye Ranch, you will ride beside the stunning Cheekye River, a Squamish sweet spot featuring views of the Tantalus Range. In the colder months, you can spot eagles roosting high in the trees or see spawning salmon swimming upstream.

 

Float Plane Tour Over Howe Sound

Photo: Ian Harland Photography, Sea to Sky Air

Did you know that Howe Sound is the southernmost fjord in North America? Spanning 42km from West Vancouver to downtown Squamish, it is lined with granite cliffs and filled with coastal islands, many of which few people will ever see up close. On this tour, you will take off from the Squamish Valley and pass by Mount Garibaldi, the Stawamus ChiefShannon Falls, Anvil Island and more before making an exciting ocean landing on Howe Sound.

 

Eagle Walking Tours

Roam through one of Squamish's densest eagle habitation areas on a guided walking tour that will both educate and delight as you gain a chance to see Squamish's massive raptors in the flesh. This two-hour winter only tour takes place alongside the Cheekye River in the Squamish Valley. 

 

Squamish Estuary Eagle Viewing by Bike

Photo: Ride BC

Choose from a standard mountain bike or an e-bike and cycle around the Squamish estuary to look for eagles with a local expert. This tour is beginner-friendly, you just need to know how to ride a bike! You'll cycle through downtown Squamish taking in the town and head through the local trail network to the Squamish Estuary. Your estuary cruise will feature views of the Stawamus Chief, Mount Garibaldi, Shannon Falls, Howe Sound and, of course, plenty of bald eagles.

 

Snowshoe Tours in the Callaghan Valley

Photo: Whistler Olympic Park

Callaghan Valley is known around the world as the site for the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic Games. New this winter, join knowledgeable snowshoe guides for a unique 2-hour tour through old-growth forests and up to picturesque viewpoints to learn about the Olympic Park’s sports, legacy and its natural history. On your tour enjoy photo opportunities with Olympic monuments and scenery while exploring the winter wonderland.

 

New Experiences

Britannia Mine Museum's New Mill Show BOOM! 

Photo: Britannia Mine Museum

For year's Britannia Mine Museum has been a crowd-favourite historical icon. The National Historic Site features an underground tour, gold panning, a kid-approved giant dump truck (that you're actually allowed to climb on!) and now a brand-new multi-sensory mill show. BOOM! is a 4D, masterpiece that brings the iconic mill back to life to show you how ore was processed during the mine's operation. The fun for all ages show earned major media attention in 2019, and it is well worth the hype. The experience is included with regular admission.

 

New Places

The Ninja Gym 

Photo: The Ninja Gym

Western Canada's first-ever dedicated ninja warrior training space opened its doors in Squamish in 2019 and has been an immediate hit. The 7,000 square foot, indoor attraction is a year-round activity that gives visitors a chance to be a ninja for a day. The state-of-the-art obstacles include a double salmon ladder, unstable bridge, wing nuts, devil steps, spin cycle, rumbling dice and more. 

 

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