Explore Squamish - October 30, 2019

The Ultimate Squamish Winter Bucket List

The Ultimate Squamish Winter Bucket List

Snow is starting to fall in the alpine, people are donning down jackets, and the cozy appeal of comfort food is drawing visitors into Squamish's local eateries. The season of snowballs and tobogganing is just around the corner and now is the perfect time to start planning for your upcoming snow days.

1. See the Eagles

Photo: MJ Blanchet, Canadian Outback Rafting

Year-after-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. Eagle tours are available by foot with Mountain Skills Academy & Adventures or by horseback riding tour with Cheekye Ranch. Eagle float tours are also available to take you up close with the birds of prey from the middle of the Squamish River. Eagle floats are available throughout winter with Canadian Outback Rafting and Squamish Rafting

Prime eagle viewing is also available at the Eagle Run viewing shelter in Brackendale. While volunteers from the EagleWatch Interpretive Program have paused their program this season due to COVID-19, there are 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.  

2. Discover Solitude on Snowshoes

Photo: @westdigest

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 ParkEscape Route and Valhalla Pure Outfitters.

3. Try Nordic Skiing 

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 Whistler Olympic Park for every member of your family. Special pricing is available on Wednesday evenings from 3-9 pm. 

4. Take the Whole Family Tobogganing (This activity currently unavailable, check back often for re-opening dates)

Photo: Whistler Olympic Park

Give your kids the gift of a snow day and take them for a tobogganing adventure at the Olympic Park. The sledding hill is perfect for multiple runs on saucers, carpets or toboggans. Bring your own sled and helmet or borrow them. Rentals and access to the toboggan hill are free with admission to the Park. Afterward, enjoy a bowl of chili or a hot chocolate at the Day Lodge, or bring your marshmallows and warm up by the bonfire lit on weekends, holidays and Wednesday evenings! 

5. Go on a Winter Heli or Flight-Seeing Trip

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).

Heli-seeing tour providers: Blackcomb Helicopters and Black Tusk Helicopters 
Flight-seeing tour providers:  Sea to Sky Air

6. Apres On The Craft Tasting Trail 

Howe Sound Brew Pub, Squamish BCPhoto: 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. 


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