The Ultimate Squamish Winter Bucket List
The Ultimate Squamish Winter Bucket List
There's fresh snow in the alpine and the cozy appeal of comfort food is drawing visitors into Squamish's local eateries. The season of snowballs and tobogganing is here, so now is the perfect time to visit Squamish and explore everything this mountain town has in winter.
Each year an average of 1,300 eagles are counted in Squamish. The best way to view them is to embark on a guided tour where our local experts will show you the most exclusive viewing places in Squamish. Prime eagle viewing is available at the Eagle Run viewing shelter in Brackendale. The EagleWatch Interpretive Program is running this season, and you can also find plenty of resources available on-site and online regarding safe and ethical eagle viewing practices, the life and habits of wintering Eagles and more!
Locals tip: Remember to #exploresquamishresponsibly and maintain a safe distance from wildlife and keep your dogs on a leash. Do not disturb the eagles or their natural habitats, and take only photos and memories with you when you leave.
Wander where the forests are doused with snow and trade in the white noise of daily life for the blissful blank palate of snowy solitude. Snowshoe rentals are available through the Olympic Park, Escape Route and Valhalla Pure Outfitters. You can also rent snowshoes and hit the network of trails in the alpine after riding the Sea to Sky Gondola to the top.
Photo: Whistler Olympic Park
Glide, stride or skate in the stunning alpine environment of the Callaghan Valley. No experience is required to give Nordic skiing a try and rentals are available through Olympic Park for every member of your family.
Photo: Paul Bride/Sea to Sky Gondola
Give your kids the gift of a snow day and take them for a tubing adventure at the Sea to Sky Gondola. The tube park offers sliding fun for all ages and the viewing deck is a great place to watch all of the action if you are not tubing. Starting January 13th, kids under 18 tube FREE every Friday afternoon! Close your day with a cup of hot chocolate or a soup in the Summit Lodge before boarding the gondola to return to the base.
Photo: Sea to Sky Air
See the winter wonderland of Squamish from the skies and soar above snowcovered mountains, frozen lakes, and ice-cold rivers. You have yet to see Squamish until you have seen it from hundreds of feet in the air. Flight and heli-seeing tours are offered daily (weather permitting).
Image: Mountain Skills Academy and Adventures / Mike Crane
Take your Sea to Sky experience to new heights as you climb Squamish's Via Ferrata or 'Iron Way'. The expert guides from Mountain Skills Academy and Adventures will lead you through beautiful old-growth forest to a stunning viewpoint high above Howe Sound. The Via Ferrata route starts where the guide clips you into the safety cable and your adventure begins! Traverse a catwalk, cross suspended bridges, and ascend glacier-worn granite slabs using the steel rungs and the fixed cable system. Finally, the route completes with a spectacular finish near the viewing deck of the Summit Lodge.
Photo: Howe Sound Inn and Brewing
After your adventurous day unwind at one of Squamish's many craft beverage makers. Kick it off at the Howe Sound Brew Pub for a hearty meal, and a delicious pint then let your taste buds guide you where to go next; beer, spirits, cider, coffee, kombucha or water kefir, its all available in Squamish. Download or pick up a Craft Tasting Trail Passport from the Squamish Adventure Centre and win a prize when you garner three or more stamps from various makers.
Photo: AIKA Spa
Get inspired in your health and wellness journey by immersing in traditional hot and cold therapy- all in the tranquil setting of the rainforest of the Squamish Valley. At the beautiful AIKA Spa you'll find a wood fired sauna and cold plunges as well as spaces to relax and unwind. You can also arrange for massage, yoga, light therapy, private dining, and other essential spa treatments that they will personalize for private groups.