Explore Squamish - July 05, 2017

Summer Break Kid-Favourite Activities

Photo: Britannia Mine Museum

Summer Break Kid-Favourite Activities 

Summer break is all about making memories and having fun in the sun with your family. A Squamish family adventure is destined to be a memory for you to reflect on all year long. Read on to discover 11 kid-approved activities that are sure to top the charts this summer vacation. 
 

Get Your Toes Wet at a Squamish Swimming Hole

 

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There’s nothing so satisfying on a warm summer day as going for a swim. And a visit to one of Squamish's pristine swimming holes makes for a delightful day of splish-splashing around. The best lakes for family fun are Alice Lake, Browning Lake and Cat Lake.      
 

Air and Rad-Ventrue Day Camps at Airhouse

 

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Sign your kids up to try something new this summer and send them to a day camp at Airhouse. Trampoline and skateboarding camps are available and include plenty of fun fitness activities kids love. Camps are available in full and half day formats leaving plenty of time for a family activity after camp!  

Airhouse is open seven days a week for private lessons, drop-in sessions, birthday parties and much more. Kids and adults alike can enjoy quality airtime in this freestyle training centre.       
 

Britannia Mine Museum

Go for Gold at the Britannia Mine Museum. This 10-acre award-winning museum and National Historic Site is full of all-ages fun including rock and mineral activities, gold panning, museum tours and an underground mine train that you can ride on yourself. New for summer is the Foundations Outdoor Exhibit that explores the ecological and environmental history of the Britannia Mine - and boasts stunning panoramic views of Howe Sound (the perfect backdrop for a new family photo!).

Weekly Schedule

Monday - Mineral Mondays
Tuesdays - Tales from the Past: Photo Talks
Wednesdays - Howe Sound: Beauty Below Activities
Thursday and Friday - Pop up activities 
Saturday and Sunday - Spontaneous Science

Activities run from 11 am to 12 pm, and 1 pm to 2 pm daily.      
 

Ride the Sea to Sky Gondola

 

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Take your kids to the ultimate mountain playground this summer and ride 885m above sea level on the Sea to Sky Gondola. At the top, you will find plenty of outdoor adventure including, hiking, interpretive walks, panoramic views, viewing platforms and the 9,000 square foot Summit Lodge. There is also a mountaintop playground, lounging hammocks and a 100-foot suspension bridge offering up 365 degrees views of the area. 

Weekly Schedule

Monday to Friday - Mountain Yoga, 9:45 am - 11 am
Thursday - Backyard Seafood Boil 6 pm - 9 pm 
Friday - Mountain Music, 6 pm - 9 pm 
Saturday - 50% off Sunset Saturdays, 5 pm - 8 pm      
 

Mountain Biking

 

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Squamish has many trails that can accommodate a range of skill sets where your kids can learn, progress and have tons of fun. Some of our favourites are  Wonderland Trail, the SORCA Bike Skills Park and the Mamquam River Trails.     
 

Run the Ropes

 

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“Rope Running” is the newest activity and attraction in the Sea to Sky corridor. Standing 17 metres high and 20 metres in diameter Rope Runner Aerial Adventure Park is built of steel, wood, ropes and wire, with 50 games where people can run the ropes in a fun and safe, high wire adventure. 

Families of 4+ with at least one child receive a special discounted rate automatically at checkout. Please note kids must be at least seven years old and the minimum height of 124cm (49 inches) to play.     
  

Raft the Rivers

Rafting in Squamish could easily become the highlight of your summer. Rafting down Squamish's Cheakamus River offers Class I and II rapids (easy, moving water) which makes it an excellent option for a family whitewater rafting adventure. Expect to see classic views of Mount Garibaldi and the southern slopes of the Tantalus Mountain Range as you float down the river. Family-trips down the Cheakamus River are about 7km in length and last about an hour to an hour and a half.       
 

Rock Climbing

 

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  Squamish is full of kid-friendly climbing crags that are perfect for the little ones to start grabbing at rocks and climbing their way to the top. Climbing is a fun, safe activity the entire family can enjoy together.  Try Smoke Bluffs Park and above the Sea to Sky Gondola for some kid-friendly climbing areas. 

If you are unsure where to go or need to learn the ropes yourself, why not let one of Squamish's local guiding companies lead the way. Family trips are available through Canada West Mountain School, Mountain Skills Academy and Adventures and Squamish Rock Guides.   
 

Hiking

Hiking is a fun and free activity that can transport your family into the wonders of the natural world. Jam-packed with hiking trails, there are plenty of options to #ExploreSquamish on foot. In order of easiest to hardest, we recommend Shannon Falls (<1 km), the Oceanfront Interpretive Trail (2 km) and the Four Lakes Trail (6.5 km).   
 

West Coast Railway Heritage Park

 

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The West Coast Railway Heritage Park houses the largest collection of railway rolling stock in Western Canada. The 12-acre site features a 3km miniature railway, cabooses and locomotives, an authentic railway post office car and the Billy Minor Escape Room! 

Reservations are required for the Escape Room, call 604-898-9336 or email escaperoom [at] wcra.org.
 

Paddle the Waters in a Kayak or Stand-Up Paddleboard

Kids can test their sea legs and get a feel for stand-up paddleboarding or kayaking in Squamish. Explore the ocean or one of the pristine mountain lakes. Kids can paddle with their parents or take charge and steer for themselves. Family tours are available through Sea to Sky Adventure Company.