Explore Squamish - May 29, 2020

What Locals Can do in Squamish Right Now

Photo: Canadian Outback Rafting

A Squamish Locals Guide to Backyard Adventures

Calling all locals, the time to explore your backyard is now, and with activities stretching from Sea to Sky, it's easy to try something new and rediscover your home town!

Book a local tour, try a new activity or finally visit that Squamish attraction you've been meaning to check out. Plan your staycation below.  

Tips for Responsible Recreation

  • When possible recreate at non-peak hours. Squamish tends to be busiest from 10am - 2pm, so try to plan your adventure outside of those hours.
  • Park in designated spots such as the mountain biking adventure hubs, or walk, run or ride your bike to your destination.
  • Do not congregate in groups at trailheads.
  • Carry a clean trip kit containing gloves, wipes, hand sanitizer, and a mask on all of your outdoor adventures.

1. Climb a Local Landmark

Photo: @kate_trecartin

You don't need to be a pro to experience the rush of climbing Squamish's legendary granite walls. Connect with a local guiding company such as Altus Mountain Guides, Mountain Skills Academy & AdventuresSquamish Rock Guides or Canada West Mountain Guides to experience the vertical world of rock climbing. Landmarks such as the Smoke Bluffs, Stawamus Chief, Papoose, and even the walls around Shannon Falls are all dotted with rock climbing routes ranging from beginner to expert. No experience or personal climbing equipment is required, all equipment is provided and sanitized after each use. 

2. Go Whitewater Rafting With Your Bubble

Book a whitewater adventure to explore one of Squamish rushing rivers and play tourist in your own backyard as you rediscover the local sights from a fresh perspective. Groups of four or more have the option to book their own private raft. Trips feature plenty of personal space, gear sanitization, personal protective equipment, outdoor check-in, and more so you can have fun and enjoy the rapids! Available with Canadian Outback Rafting and Squamish Rafting Company

3. Go for a Backyard Bike Tour

Photo: @mtb.mcb

Discover Squamish’s bike trails as you venture out on a guided or self-guided tour. All bike rentals are fully sanitized before each use and guiding companies have redesigned tours to accommodate physical distancing best practices. Tours are available with Blazing Saddles Adventures, Dialed In Cycling, Ride BC & RideHub.

4. Learn the History of Britannia Mine

Get schooled on the history and impact Britannia Mine had on the Sea to Sky community and Howe Sound. All of Britannia Mine Museum’s attractions are open with reduced capacity including the underground tour, the hit multi-media show BOOM!, plus the Foundations Exhibit and the brand new Chatterbox Cafe. 

5. Soar Above the Clouds at the Sea to Sky Gondola


Ride in a private gondola with your only bubble as you ascend to the summit of the Sea To Sky Gondola. At the top, enjoy fantastic views, one-way hiking trails plus delicious outdoor dining, and ice cream available from Bodhi’s Smokehouse located in the Backyard. 

6. Fly Over Squamish on an Aerial Tour

Take off from the Squamish Municipal Airport and spot all of your favourite Squamish hikes and landmarks from the skies. Once you land back on the ground you will leave with a list of new zones to explore and a greater appreciation of Squamish’s outdoor paradise. Flightseeing is available through Sea to Sky Air and heli-seeing can be booked with Blackcomb Helicopters.

7. Play a Round of Golf

Book a tee time with your golfing buddies and enjoy the fresh mountain air as you swing your clubs for your first round of the season. Furry Creek Golf Course and Squamish Valley Golf Course are open for public play.

8. Learn to Kite Surf

Now is your chance to get out on Howe Sound and learn the art of capturing the wind with Aerial Kiteboarding. All lessons are kept private and include full gear sanitization and a post-lesson hot tub.

9. Let a Local Show You Howe Sound by SUP

Take a tour of the many cliffs that surround Howe Sound and wave at a seal or two as you take in the sights of Squamish only visible only from the water. Tours are currently available with Norm Hann Expeditions and can be booked with single-day, and multi-day punch passes. Gear rentals are included and are fully sanitized between uses. 

Elevate Your Activity to a Staycation


Why stay home when you can treat yourself to an overnight staycation in one of Squamish's beautiful hotels or campgrounds. During your stay, you why not support local by booking a dinner reservation or ordering a delicious meal to-go from one of Squamish's reopened restaurants

View a full list of what's open in Squamish

Heading outside on an Adventure? Be sure to make a trip plan and let someone know where you are going. For resources on safe trip planning visit BC AdventureSmart's website

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