Explore Squamish - December 18, 2018

3 Places to Surround Yourself in Snow in Squamish

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3 Places to Surround Yourself in Snow in Squamish

Grab your boots and your hat and set your start planning a snow day in Squamish that you won't soon forget. Relish in the simple joy of making a snow angel, be dazzled by the sparkling snow in the sunlight and park your car where the frost patterns your windows. This time of year, it's not hard to find snow in Squamish. Here are some our favourite places to enjoy it. 

Garibaldi Provincial Park

Walk through the frost licked forests of Garibaldi Provincial Park as you make your way up the Elfin Lakes trail to Red Heather Warming Hut (10km return) or the Elfin Lakes Hut (22km return). In the winter months, the entire park is transformed into a pure white snowscape and favourite destination for backcountry skiers and snowshoers.

The Red Heather Hut provides a warm place to munch on a snack by the fire and is a worthy destination for those looking for a day trip. Camping is available outside the Red Heather Warming Hut as well as beside Elfin Lakes Hut. For those looking to sleep indoors, you can make a reservation for the Elfin Lakes Hut. Hut reservations, as well as camping permits, can be obtained on the Discover Camping website

Tips for Snowshoeing to Elfin Lakes

The Callaghan Valley

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Located 20 minutes north of Squamish, you can easily find snowcapped vistas, hefty snowfalls and a range of snowshoeing and cross-country skiing options in the Callaghan Valley. The area boasts 90 km of trails groomed for both classic and skate skiing as well as 40kms of marked snowshoe trails (over 15km of which are dog-friendly) where you can tread upon the winter snowpack, weaving between beautiful forest, icy waterfalls and Olympic monuments.

Snowshoeing, sightseeing and cross-country skiing passes can be purchased at the park; you can view ticket prices here

Learn More about the Callaghan Valley

The Sea to Sky Gondola

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Your winter wonderland is just a gondola ride away. Watch the snow fall above the Sea to Sky Gondola where you can snowshoe, share a delicious fondue and sightsee along a snow-carpeted trail network full of winter views at every turn. 

During your visit, you will not want to miss a winter walk across the Sky Pilot Suspension Bridge, the decorated Spirit Trail and a visit to the Cheif Viewing platform where you can spot the snowline and enjoy wintry mountain vistas and ocean views at the same time. 

Sea to Sky Gondola Winter Activities