Top 13 Things To Do For Spring in Squamish
Top 13 Things To Do For Spring in Squamish
Spring in Squamish is all about taking a break to reset, recharge and get out to sample new sights, new flavours and new adventures. We've put a spring twist on our list of 12 things to do this season in and around Squamish.
Let the friendly guides at Mountain Skills Academy and Adventures lead you on a vertical journey up Squamish's legendary granite walls. Cross exhilarating suspension bridges, climb metal rungs, and inch your way along narrow rock-hugging walkways as you make your way up the Via Ferrata. The two-hour tour features unique sea to sky views usually only seen by rock climbers. Now open for the season!
Test your skills at Squamish's one and only high ropes course and sample over 50 elements designed to challenge your strength, agility and true grit as you make your way around the course. For those who reach the top, you will be awarded with aerial springtime views of Squamish and the opportunity to jump the 15-meter free fall!
Be among the season's first to experience the rush of whitewater rafting on one of Squamish's rivers. Adrenaline junkies will love the thrill of the turbulent Elaho River while families and more relaxed nature enthusiasts can savour the views along the splashy Cheakamus River. Squamish's whitewater season has officially begun with Squamish Rafting Company and Canadian Outback Rafting Company, stay tuned for Wedge Rafting's opening day June 20.
Ride Squamish's picturesque gondola to the Summit Lodge, 885m above Howe Sound. From the summit sample the sights, taste the delicious west coast flavours at the on-site restaurant and explore the many trails and viewing platforms to see Squamish from above. Before you go, be sure to check out their special events here.
Squamish is home to over 200 km's of trails. Popular first time riding locations include Ray Peters, Wonderland and Jacks. Head out on your own or take an introductory lesson with one of Squamish's local experts. Lessons are available through Dialed in Cycling, RideBC, RideHub and Sea to Sky Adventure Company. Our local rental shops include Corsa Cycles, Flying Spirit Rentals and Sea to Sky Adventure Company.
Fill your shopping bags with fresh, locally grown produce and artisan goods at Squamish's weekly farmer's market. Each market features a kid zone, kid's crafts, live music and more all set against the backdrop of the Stawamus Chief. Taking place every Saturday from 10am-3pm (April 6 - October 26) on the corner of Cleveland Avenue and Victoria Street in downtown Squamish. View the weekly schedule here.
As the water levels swell with snowmelt and rainfall our local rivers are transformed into a fisherman's delight. Spring fly fishing is the perfect mix of relaxation coupled with the sporadic thrill of a good chase. Trout are the main catch throughout the springtime, and our local guiding companies know plenty of local sweet spots to find them. Spring tours are available through Trout Country Fishing Guides and Valley Fishing Guides.
Fully loaded with iconic views the sights of Squamish are best enjoyed by scooter. Cruise around our beautiful town and transform "getting there" into a thrilling all-day experience you won't soon forget. Choose an area to explore and have your rental scooter delivered to your starting point. Popular places to ride include the Squamish Estuary, Paradise Valley and the Squamish Valley. Scooter rentals are available by the hour or by the day.
Taking a photo break downtown Squamish| Photo: Tourism Squamish
Add more sea to your sea to sky experience by paddling a stand-up-paddleboard, kayak or canoe in Squamish's pristine waters. Paddling tours are available on Howe Sound, at the local lakes or around the Squamish Estuary. Tours are available through Norm Hann Expeditions and Sea to Sky Adventure Company.
In the springtime, the Squamish trails are a hikers paradise. Crowds are nowhere to be seen, the ground is tacky and soft, and the scenery is lush and ripe for enjoying. We recommend choosing a low elevation trail to ensure a snow-free walk in the woods. Popular spring trails include the Stawamus Chief (4-7km), Brohm Lake Loop (3.5km), Four Lakes Trail (6.5km) and Crooked Falls (6km).
Happy hikers on the Four Lakes Trail | Photo: Tourism Squamish
Take a breath of spring air in Squamish's pristine parkland where you can while away an afternoon playing a round of golf at one of Squamish's two championship courses. Freshly renovated Squamish Valley Golf Course is now open for the season and Furry Creek Golf & Country Club is opening June 1.
Discover the captivating story of Britannia Mine Museum's iconic Mill with an imaginative storytelling experience unlike anything else in North America. Staged within the almost 100-year-old Mill building, BOOM! will bring the architectural marvel thundering back to life with lights, sounds and special effects. Opening June 1. Watch the trailer here.
Take a kite surfing crash course with Aerial Kiteboarding and learn the art of capturing the wind and water to catch air and kite surf the waters of Howe Sound. Full wetsuits and equipment are provided as are hot showers and even a soak in the home base hot tub after your lesson.
Spring Apres in Squamish
In Squamish, spring means farm fresh salads, refreshing beverages and the long-awaited return of patio season. After your outdoorsy day, we recommend a visit to one of these Squamish hot spots!
Squamish's newest craft cidery has already been crowned "Best Apres" in the 2019 Squamish Adventure Guide and one taste of their thirst-quenching cider will have you hooked. The lively tasting room and savoury eats make for an energizing end to your day. Be sure to sample one of their new flavours, Tequila Lime is the latest!
A sunny day on the Geo Cider Co. Patio | Photo: Geo Cider Co.
Take a bite of New Orleans right here in Squamish where crab salad sliders, jambalaya and Cajun everything is on the menu. Sip one of their renowned caesars or order a pitcher of sangria to enjoy on the sunny patio, it has the best view of the Stawamus Chief in town!
Sangria on the patio at The Copper Coil Still + Grill | Photo: The Copper Coil Still + Grill
Quench your thirst with a pour of craft beer from one of Squamish's three local breweries. Keep the good times rolling by continuing your tour along the Squamish Craft Tasting Trail, stop in at Howe Sound Brewing before heading to Commercial Way where you will find a plethora of beverage establishments all within walking distance! View a map of the Squamish Craft Tasting Trail here.
The view of the Stawamus Chief from Howe Sound Brewing's patio | Photo: Howe Sound Brewing
The Salted Vine Kitchen + Bar is the place to be for happy hour in Squamish. The upscale-chic restaurant hits all the trends and features drink specials and delicious shareable eats from 3 - 5 pm daily. On now for spring, try their four-course spring Prix-Fixe Menu, available Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays.
A refreshing salad on The Salted Vine Kitchen + Bar's spring menu | Photo: The Salted Vine Kitchen + Bar
Day Out With Thomas returns to the West Coast Railway Heritage Park May 18-20 and 25-26. Take a ride with Thomas the Tank Engine, meet Sir Topham Hatt - the Controller of the railway, enjoy Thomas & Friends story-telling, live performances, temporary tattoos and more. There will be mini golf, sandcastle building, a bouncy castle and a large Thomas retail area. Admission: Tickets are priced between $25 to $29, tickets must be purchased online here.
Other Spring Events:
- Loop the Lakes Trail Race
- Family Fun Days at Britannia Mine Museum
- Survival of the Fittest Trail Race
- Friends of Cheakamus First Sunday Nature Walk
- Drive-In Movies Nights at the West Coast Railway Heritage Park
- Cheakamus River Feast