Explore Squamish - October 30, 2018

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 savoury 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 1300 eagles are counted in Squamish. The best way to view the eagles is to float along the Squamish and Mamquam Rivers sipping cocoa and snapping photos as you get up close with the birds of prey in their natural habitat. Eagle floats are available throughout winter with Canadian Outback Rafting and Squamish Rafting

In addition to Eagle Float tours, prime viewing usually happens through the lens of a telescope at the Eagle Run viewing shelter in Brackendale. Volunteers from the EagleWatch Interpretive Program are stationed at the shelter on weekends from November 10 to mid-January with spotting scopes and adapters for cell phone photography.

2. Discover Solitude on Snowshoes

Photo: @westdigest

Wonder where the forests are doused with snowfall and trade in the white noise of daily life for the blissful blank palate of snowy solitude. Snowshoeing around Squamish offers limitless possibilities of where to go, you can view a list of winter sweet spots here

Snowshoe rentals are available through Escape 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. 

4. Indulge With Chocolate Fondue at the Sea to Sky Gondola 

Photo: Paul Bride, Sea to Sky Gondola

Discover the pristine snow-covered trails above the Sea to Sky Gondola on a snowshoe and fondue tour available daily. After your guided snowshoe cozy up inside the Summit Lodge where you will be greeted with floor to ceiling sea to sky views and mouth-watering chocolate fondue. 

5. Take the Whole Family Tubing

Photo: Paul Bride, Sea to Sky Gondola

Give your kids the gift of a snow day and take them for an old-fashioned tubing adventure at the Sea to Sky Gondola. The tube park offers sliding fun for all ages, and there is also a park viewing deck to watch all of the action. Entrance to the park is $5 for unlimited access during park hours. 

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

Photo: Black Tusk Helicopters

See the winter wonderland of Squamish from the skies and soar above the 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: Glacier Air and Sea to Sky Air

7. Apres On The Craft Tasting Trail 

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. 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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Sea to Sky Air

Sea to Sky Gondola

Squamish Rafting Company

Valhalla Pure Outfitters

Whistler Sport Legacies

Eagle Floats

Nordic Skiing

Tubing & Tobogganing