Explore Squamish - March 20, 2018

Why Squamish is a Must Visit in Spring

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Why Squamish is a Must Visit in Spring

Spring in officially here! March 20, 2018 marks the spring equinox in Canada so we have compiled a list of some of our favourite things to do to take advantage of the warming temperatures and teasing glimpses of green grass during this not-quite-winter-not-quite-summer time of year. Read on and thaw out with these things to do in Squamish in the springtime!

1. Hiking

Snow enthusiasts and summer trail users alike can enjoy Squamish hiking in the spring. While the low elevation trails are snow free, the higher elevation trails remain a winter wonderland that offers hikers balmy above zero weather coupled with the sublime beauty of snow. 

Generally, anything below the Stawamus Chief (702 metres elevation) should be relatively snow free. For a full list of trails click here

2. Biking

Time to dust off the bike and start getting your legs and lungs back into biking. Biking trails in Squamish cover many different elevations allowing you to pick the conditions you want to ride in. There are still some patches of snow on the flatter, tree’ed terrain in the Alice Lake zone however it is all ridable. Squamish is hailed as a mountain biking mecca, with over 200 kilometres of single-track to satisfy every skill level, from gentle cruises in the estuary to hairball downhill descents on Diamond Head. 

Some suggestions for spring trails include; Leave of Absence, Wonderland, Rupert and the Diamond Head and Ring Creek Area. You can view a list of trails here. Trail conditions are available on the Trailforks webpage. 

Rental bikes are currently available at Corsa Cycles, and Flying Spirit Rentals.

New to biking and want a tour around? Tours and lessons are available through Corsa CyclesRideHub and Ride BC.

3. SUP'ing

The season for swimming may still be a little way off, but the time to start stand up paddleboarding is now. Whether you have yet to try paddleboarding, or you have years of experience, exploring the Howe Sound fjord on a SUP is an experience worth repeating. This April Norm Hann Expeditions is offering several Coastal Stoke programs to get everyone out on the water. Upcoming programs include;

  • Howe Sound Tour - A tour fit for beginners where you'll learn the essentials of SUP'ing while enjoying a relaxing tour of the sound.

  • Coffee Run - 9km journey down the Howe Sound fjord to get an early morning (and well deserved) cup of coffee. 

  • SOAR River Camp- A six-day intensive camp designed for potential SUP instructors and those looking for a challenge. 

4. Climbing

It only takes a day or two of sunshine to dry the rocks enough for climbing. Squamish is full of many beginner-friendly crags perfect to get you and your family climbing to new heights. For more information on climbing click here

Introduction to rock climbing courses, as well as guided climbing trips are available through Canada West Mountain School, Mountain Skills Academy and Adventures, and Squamish Rock Guides.

5. Golfing

Tee time has returned to Squamish, in addition to the driving range, the full course at the Squamish Valley Golf Club will be opening for the season this Wednesday, March 21. Tee times are currently available for bookings.

Keep your eyes peeled, Furry Creek Golf Course will be opening later this spring. 

6. Rafting 

As the temperature warms up plenty of Squamish's wildlife return to the bank's of the Squamish rivers. Breakaway from stationary wilderness viewing and embark on a Wilderness and Eagle Viewing Tour with Squamish Rafting Company where you will float down the river for an unforgettable experience. Common creatures to be seen include woodpeckers, swans, deer and more. Finish the tour off with it a bowl of chilli at the wilderness base. 

7. Patio(ing?)

After a long day of spring activities, or as a stand-alone weekend activity, a visit to a Squamish patio is well worth the drive. From sweeping views of the Stawamus Chief to endless greenways on a sunny day, there are plenty of unique patio spaces in Squamish to help unite the great outdoors with your culinary experience. 

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