Explore Squamish - January 20, 2019

Step-by-Step Guide to Family Day Long Weekend in Squamish

Photo: Britannia Mine Museum

Your Guide to Family Day Long Weekend in Squamish

A family trip to Squamish is guaranteed to cure boredom and amp up the fun in your household. With so many activities to try from rafting trips to snowy adventures, read on to create a fun-filled weekend itinerary your kids will be buzzing about all year long. 

Family Day Deals

50% Off at Britannia Mine Museum | February 17
Why not take your kids to the Britannia Mine Museum for an underground tour, gold panning, and interactive exhibits. Discount applies to general admission tickets Monday, February 17.

50% Off at the Sea to Sky Gondola | February 14 - 17
Friday, February 14 through Monday, February 17 the Sea to Sky Gondola is treating everyone to half price individual day tickets. Weekend activities include snowshoeing, tubing, s'mores around an outdoor bonfire and more.
*Free shuttles will be available throughout the weekend, view the schedule here.

Rafting Tours | Dates below
Squamish Rafting Company is offering 15% off eagle viewing float tours for groups of two or more from Feb 15-17. Use the code FAMILYFUN to book online.
- Canadian Outback Rafting is offering 25% off their family-friendly Cheakamus Splash summer tour. Offer is valid for all booking made between Feb 15-20. Use the code FamilyDay20 to book online

50% off at Whistler Olympic Park | February 17
Enjoy a family snow day and save 50% off all ski and snowshoe trail tickets. The discount applies to trail tickets purchased on-site at the gates only.

$50 Family Pass to The Ninja Gym | February 17
Come in with four family members for $50 for a 90-minute drop-in. *At least one adult must be part of the family group. If your family is larger than 4, extra kids will be 25% off. 

Follow these 5 steps to create your perfect Family Day weekend


Step 1: Choose your adventure

Photo: Whistler Olympic Park
  1. Sea to Sky Gondola
    The Sea to Sky Gondola is offering 50% off lift tickets from Friday, February 14 to Monday, February 17. There will be snowshoeing, snow-tubing and so much more! 
  2. Britannia Mine Museum
    Stop by on Family Day (Monday, February 17) and enjoy 50% off general admission. Explore the authentic haulage tunnel on an underground tour, strike it rich at the gold panning pavilion and experience what life was like at Britannia Mine.
  3. Eagle Float Tours
    Book a tour with Squamish Rafting Company or Canadian Outback Rafting Company and bring out your whole family from tots to grandparents to enjoy the beauty of Squamish by raft. 
  4. Whistler Olympic Park
    Drive 20 minutes north of Squamish for a day of cross country skiing or snowshoeing as a family. Special pricing is available on Monday, January 17 and there will be plenty of hot chocolate for kids!
  5. The Ninja Gym
    Climb ropes, dive into massive airbags and test your skills in Western Canada's only dedicated Ninja Warrior facility. The gym includes 25+ obstacles where the whole family (ages 6+) can play together.
  6. Eagle Viewing Hike or Bike Tours
    Enjoy an active family-friendly tour exploring some of Squamish's best eagle habitats. Kids will love learning about these massive birds and each tour includes sightseeing opportunities to view some of Squamish's most iconic landmarks.

Step 2: Choose another (free) adventure

  1. Ride at the SORCA Mountain Bike Skills Park
    Groms and their bike-minded parents will love this mountain bike skills park. Complete with a pump track, jumps, drops, and teeter-totters, it's a great way to spend an afternoon.
  2. Walk around the Squamish Oceanfront
    Stroll along the shores of the Howe Sound and have a well-deserved snack break on the beach. 
  3. Scavenger hunt at Murrin Lake Provincial Park
    Take a walk around the lake and think up a list of things for your kids to find. Our suggestions are a paw print, rock climbing route, picnic table, and a fallen down tree.  
  4. Catch some winter rays at Porteau Cove
    Famous in Squamish for prime sunset views, Porteau Cove Provincial Park is also a beachcombers delight. Plan to arrive by 3 pm to leave enough daylight to play on the beach before dark.
  5. Hike the Four Lakes Trail - finish up at Alice Lake for a winter picnic
    This relatively flat 6 km loop is a hike the whole family can enjoy. The best part? It ends at beautiful Alice Lake where you cozy up for a wintery picnic. 

Step 3: Fuel the family at one of these favourite restaurants

Photo: Tara O'Grady, Sea to Sky Gondola
  1. Howe Sound Brewing
    Kids menu: grilled cheese, burgers and fries, chicken strips and 3 different kids pizzas. 
  2. Match Eatery
    Kids menu: chicken strips, spaghetti & meatballs, mac & cheese, fish & chips, and cheese pizza. 
  3. Norman Rudy's
    Kids menu: Fish and chips, kid's burger, crispy chicken, grilled cheese sandwich, green salad, caesar salad, gelato.
  4. Saha Eatery
    Kids menu: Falafel wrap, beef kefta wrap, hummus & pita bread, pan-fried chicken, hummus & veggies
  5. Squamish Valley Golf Clubhouse
    Kids menu: Cheeseburger, chicken fingers, grilled cheese.
  6. The Summit Restaurant at the Sea to Sky Gondola
    Kids menu: mac & cheese, hot dog with fries, grilled cheese, grilled cheese with ham, a cup of soup, veggies with ranch dip.
  7. The Copper Coil
    Kids menu: Chicken fingers, grilled cheese,
  8. The Crabapple Cafe
    Kids menu: Kids burger, poutine, grilled cheese, veggies, and tzatziki

Step 4: Tire out the kids at one of these favourite playgrounds

  1. Stan Clarke Park (Downtown Squamish)
    This park has a rolley slide; your kids will love it. 
  2. McNaughton Park (Valleycliffe)
    For the little climbers out there McNaughton Park is complete with a small climbing wall.
  3. Pat Goode Park (Garibaldi Estates)
    Ideal for younger kids, this tot inspired playground is designed with crawlers in mind. 
  4. Eagle Run Park (Brackendale)
    Ride-on-toys, tot swings and more!
  5. Jura Park (Garibaldi Highlands)
    Perfect for all ages, Jura Park includes a picnic spot, features for older and younger kids and a basketball court.
  6. Smoke Bluffs Park (Hospital Hills/ Smoke Bluffs) 
    A West Coast inspired playground full of hollowed-out trees, swing sets and more.

Step 5: Stay the night and repeat

Photo: Sandman Hotel and Suites

One day in Squamish is never enough. To jampack your weekend why not stay the night at one of these kid-friendly hotels. Did we mention they all have pools? 


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