Explore Squamish - June 01, 2020

What to Do in Squamish This Fall

Photo: @adameloso

What to Do in Squamish This Fall

Who said anything about slowing down? Mountain biking, hiking and rock climbing and fishing are all in season. Make the most of the beautiful fall weather with these great activities.

1. Mountain Bike Through the Rainforest

Fall can be one of the best times of the year to get out and ride. Tacky trail conditions, cooler weather, thin crowds, and fall colours. The shorter days also offer a fun way to mix up your rides, rise early for some sunny laps or get some lights and explore the trails at night! Whichever trail you choose you can count on excellent conditions and you may even have the area to yourself. You can view a list of Squamish mountain bike trails here.

Browse Popular Squamish Bike Zones
Alice Lake and Garibaldi Highlands Zone
Diamond Head Bike Zone
Valleycliffe Zone
Brackendale Zone

Guided tours: Blazing Saddles Adventures, Dialed In Cycling, Ride BC, and RideHub

2. Sip a Fall Craft Beverage

From the long-awaited return of Howe Sound Brewing's classic Pumpkineater Imperial Pumpkin Ale to Counterpart Coffee's Swedish Latte, fall is the time to indulge with Squamish's brew-tiful craft beverages. Read our list of fall craft beverages in Squamish

3. Climb the Granite

Rock climbing at Smoke Bluffs Park | Photo: @hannahvanwerkhoven


Cooler temperatures mean better friction and better friction means an easier day rock climbing up the granite faces of Squamish. Head out on your own or go with a guide and hang out on some of the most beautiful cliffs in Canada. 

Guided tours: Altus Mountain Guides, Canada West Mountain SchoolMountain Skills Academy and Adventures and Squamish Rock Guides.

4. Play a Round of Golf

Relax and enjoy one of Squamish's scenic golf courses during the most spectacular time of year. Furry Creek Golf Course (closing October 25) and Squamish Valley Golf Course (closing November 15) are dripping in colour; your tee time is waiting for you. 

5. Learn the Art of Fishing

Photo: Chris Christie

Take your pick between saltwater, freshwater, lake or river – Squamish has it all and fall is one of the most popular times to reel in a good catch. The rivers become exceptionally clear with the cooler weather, the salmon arrive, and there are lots of opportunities for Bull, Cutthroat and Rainbow trout. Just make sure you bundle up as it can be a bit chilly.

Guided tours: Chromer Sport FishingPemberton Fish Finder, Trout Country Fishing & Valley Fishing Guides

6. Get a Bird's Eye View of Squamish

Fall flights offer the most exclusive views in the Sea to Sky Corridor. From way up in the air you will be greeted with ocean views, fall foliage and an up-close look at some of Squamish's most secluded alpine lakes rimmed with a dusting of snow. 

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

7. Go Paddleboarding

Paddleboarding in the Mamquam Blind Channel
 

Don your layers and paddle through the calm waters of the Mamquam Blind Channel or one of Squamish's gorgeous lakes. Along the way enjoy the unique perspective of the fall foliage from the water. 

Guided Tours: Norm Hann Expeditions & Squamish Watersports

8. Explore the Great Indoors

Hoping to hide from the elements? Why not play inside at The Ninja Gym where you can challenge your skills on 25+ obstacles designed to make you feel like a ninja extraordinaire. The massive 7,000 square space has a reduced capacity so you can play like you're outside, inside. If a more mellow indoor activity is what you're after stop in at Britania Mine Museum where you can pan for gold and head underground to explore a real mining tunnel! Advanced booking is strongly recommended. 

8. Immerse Yourself in the Fall Foliage on a Hike

Taking in the views at the Tantalus Lookout in the Brohm Lake Interpretive Forest


Fall in Squamish is a time of unparalleled beauty. The mixed forests of deciduous and coniferous trees come alive with strokes of red, yellow, orange and green. The whole scene is a patchwork of colours few visitors are lucky enough to see. Read our Best Places to See Fall Colours Blog here

9. Savour the Sights of the Lakes

The alpine opens it's doors for just a few months a year, and while the alpine lakes are lovely in the summer, they are most striking in the fall, set against the vibrant reds of the brush and the streaming rays of sunshine on a clear autumn day. Our favourite alpine lakes include Elfin Lakes and Garibaldi Lake. Other fall-tastic lakes in Squamish include Brohm Lake and Alice Lake.

Know before you go: Visitors to Garibaldi Provincial Park will need a BC Parks Day Pass to hike in the area. Reservations are available at 6 am daily on discovercamping.ca.

10. Trail Run in Cooler Temperatures

Crisp air and cooler temperatures make fall the perfect time for trail running. Grab a few friends, a furry companion or head out on your own to cover as much single track as you wish. Let your legs guide you through the stunning scenery of Squamish. 

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Mountain Skills Academy & Adventures

Pemberton Fish Finder

Sea to Sky Air

Squamish Rock Guides

Trout Country Fishing Guides

Valley Fishing Guides