Explore Squamish - July 15, 2020

Top Family Adventures in Squamish

Top Family Adventures in Squamish

Summer is here and Squamish is a fantastic holiday destination to give your family a taste of life in the great outdoors. From stroller-friendly walks, to exhilarating rafting tours that will leave your kids begging for more, Squamish is the place to adventure this summer.

1. Kid-Approved Watersports

Prepare for a water fight like never before–your family against the Cheakamus River! You will get wet, perhaps even soaked as you splash down the river on a whitewater rafting trip. Kids aged 5 and up are welcome to ride the class 2-3 rapids on the Cheakamus River and kids aged 13 and up can ride the Elaho-Squamish trip featuring lively class 3-4 rapids. After you've dried off why not book a stand-up paddleboard, kayak, or fishing lesson and see who in your family can stay dry the longest. 

Local's tip: Want to rent equipment and head out on your own? Check out our rentals page to find out where to rent gear. 

A snapshot from a splashy day on the Cheakamus River | Photo: Canadian Outback Rafting Co

2. Fun For the Whole Family Climbing

Contrary to popular belief, climbing is not just for experienced experts. Squamish has plenty of beginner options to get your whole family climbing this summer. Book a rock climbing tour with Mountain Skills Academy and take turns scaling fun single pitch routes. After your adventurous outing, why not get off the ground at Rope Runner Aerial Adventure Park where you can challenge your skills on the 50 aerial elements within the park. Walk the slackline, dangle on the monkey bars and climb across a giant spider web many meters above the ground. 

Local's tip: Families with young kids love the outdoor bouldering playground located at Junction Park in downtown Squamish. 

Have a great day rock climbing | Photo: Daniel O'Keefe, Mountain Skills Academy & Adventures

3. Family Ninja Warrior Training 

Train to become a family of ninjas at Western Canada's only dedicated ninja warrior training facility. Challenge your kids to see who can climb, balance, or jump farthest. The 7,000 square foot space is loaded with obstacles and features high ceilings for fun drops into 500 sqft of airbags. The whole family is certain to have a blast playing together in this one of a kind gym. Afterward, pop around the corner to Backcountry Brewing for a quick snack, kid's love their mini pizzas!

Local's tip: Want to improve your skills as a family? Private lessons are available to help you and your kids learn how to conquer the elements. 

Learning to be a ninja at the Ninja Gym Squamish

4. Trail Adventures for Kids

Take a family-focused mountain bike tour with Dialed in Cycling, RideHub, or Sea to Sky Adventure Company or choose from the many kid-friendly bike trails and see why Squamish is extra fun on two wheels. Families may also enjoy a visit to the SORCA Bike Skills Park, where groms can test their skills in a safe environment. If hiking is more your speed, pack a picnic, and choose a trail perfect for everyone. We recommend the Four Lakes Trail for young go-getters and the trail to Shannon Falls for families with strollers in tow. View a list of kid-approved hiking trails here

Locals tip: Stop by Alice & Brohm after your hike or ride to cool off with a cone of delicious real fruit ice cream. 

Mountain Biking in Squamish

A family bike ride | Photo: christie-images.com

5. All Ages Canadian History Lessons

Just because school is out of session doesn't mean you shouldn't brush up on your history. Kids and parents alike can learn a thing or two from Squamish's interactive museums. Visit Britannia Mine Museum to pan for gold, explore an old mine tunnel, watch BOOM! and visit the new Copper Bug Buster exhibit, which explores the antimicrobial properties of copper and how it has been used in the battle against superbugs and other diseases throughout history. 

Keep the fun going by heading to the West Coast Railway Heritage Park (open Saturdays and long weekends) where you can view a replica rail town, tour historic homes, and a climb aboard three different train rides, all included in your admission! Be sure to take a ride on the steam-powered 3km mini-rail, for many it is the highlight of their trip!

Local's tip: Both of Squamish's museums offer family admission rates, which are available for parents with up to three children. 

Kid's playing in front of Squamish Station at the West Coast Railway Heritage Park

6. Family-Friendly Sightseeing

Panoramic mountain and ocean views are a hit with any kid, and the larger than life vistas can be viewed from the land and the sea in Squamish. Head for a sightseeing hike in Smoke Bluffs Park to spot countless rock climbers making their way up iconic granite routes. The Smoke Bluffs Park Hike is a 2.3km, lollipop loop, the first 1km is gravel and can alternatively be hiked as an out and back so families with strollers in tow can see the sights. Next, test out your sea legs and book a sailing tour with Canadian Coastal. Out on the water, you will see the Stawamus Chief and Shannon Falls from an entirely new perspective. Be sure to stop in at the Squamish Adventure Centre, where the Visitor Information Centre is located, for more activity recommendations!  

Locals Tip: Ice cream is available nearby at 2Chill Gelato in downtown Squamish. 

Playing on deck with Canadian Coastal

The Comforts of Home

Just because you like to play outside doesn't mean you need to rough it. Book your family into one of Squamish's family-friendly hotels where you can dip your toes into the swimming pool or check-in to a riverside cabin and focus on quality family time. 

​​The kid-approved indoor pool and waterslide at Mountain Retreat Hotel & Suites | Photo: Mountain Retreat Hotel & Suites

Where to Eat

  • Howe Sound Brewing
    Parents can sample some of Squamish's award-winning craft beverages while kids munch on tasty eats such as wood-fired pizza in the family-friendly space at Howe Sound Brewing. 
  • Fergie's Cafe
    Enjoy jaw-dropping views at this local's favourite brunch spot. In addition to an epic adult menu, they have a wolf cub brunch menu with lots of healthy options and some of the best hashbrowns in Squamish! 
  • Norman Rudy's
    At Norman Rudy's parents can choose from an array of tasty bowls, fresh seafood dishes or order a burger and a beer. The kid's menu features favourites such as chicken strips, grilled cheese and more. 
  • Pepe's Chophouse + Seafood
    Homemade everything is what you will find at Pepe's Chophouse + Seafood, foodies will love the fresh cuisine and kids will love the yummy waffle fries. 
  • The Crabapple Cafe
    Healthy families will adore the breakfast and lunch menu at the Crabapple Cafe. Full of farm-fresh burgers and bennies and plenty of gluten-free options, all the meals feel like they were made at home!
  • The Locavore Bar + Grill
    Stop by the food truck at Locavore Bar + Grill for lunch or step inside the family-friendly Bar + Grill for dinner inside an actual greenhouse. The menu is loaded with salads, wraps, and sandwiches to satisfy your stomach after a long day out!  
  • Saha Eatery
    Lebanese cuisine with a focus on healthy, organic ingredients. Their kid's menu is full of fun finger foods like humus and veggies, falafel wraps and hand-cut frites. 
  • Squamish Valley Golf Clubhouse
    Kid's are invited to play in the grass in front of the patio as parents savour a well-prepared meal. A full breakfast menu is available on Saturdays & Sundays from 9am - 2pm.

Kid's enjoying patio season at Norman Rudy's | Photo: Tourism Squamish

Where to Get Ice Cream

Savouring a scoop of gelato at 2 Chill Gelato | Photo: 2 Chill Gelato

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