Explore Squamish - January 11, 2018

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

Britannia Mine Museum Family Fun Day, Squamish BC
Photo: Britannia Mine Museum

Your Step-by-Step 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, you can sample one or combine a bunch to curate a fun-filled weekend your kids will be buzzing about all year long. Choose from a few activities below to start making your family's perfect Squamish Itinerary.

Step 1: Choose your adventure...

  1. Sea to Sky Gondola
    For the second year in a row, the Sea to Sky Gondola is offering 50% off lift tickets Family Day long weekend. There will be snowshoeing, snow-tubing, face-painting and live music by Will Ross on Sunday. 
  2. Britannia Mine Museum
    Stop by on Family Day (Monday, February 12) and enjoy 50% off general admission. Everything from the giant dump truck to the underground tour will be a hit with the kids. 
  3. Squishy's
    Good clean fun in the great indoors. Features include three soft play structures, a rock wall, 25-foot slide and more. 
  4. Airhouse
    Indoor trampolines. That’s usually enough to sell any kid, and you're certain to become the world's coolest parent. 
  5. Rafting
    Squamish Rafting Company and Canadian Outback Rafting Company are offering special eagle float discounts for Family Day long weekend. There's never been a better time to get your family out on a raft. 
  6. Billy Minor Escape Room
    The coolest escape room in the Lower Mainland. Head over to the Westcoast Railway Heritage Park and challenge your family's escape skills in a vintage rail car where you can unlock clues from Billy Miner’s railway robbery. 

Step 2: Choose another 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 spent an hour or two. 
  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 an icicle, bike tire track, paw print, trail runner, 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 cosy up for a wintery picnic. 

Step 3: 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 4: Fuel the family at one of these favourite restaurants.

  1. Match Eatery
    Kids menu: chicken strips, spaghetti & meatballs, mac & cheese, fish & chips and cheese pizza. 
  2. 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.
  3. The Crabapple Cafe
    Kids menu: Kids burger, poutine, grilled cheese, veggies and tzatziki

Step 5: Stay the night and repeat

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? 

Family Day Deals

Eagle Viewing Float Tours
Canadian Outback Rafting and Squamish Rafting Company are offering special discounts on eagle viewing float tours all Family Day long weekend.

50% Off at the Sea to Sky Gondola
Saturday, February 10 through Monday, February 12 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, face painting and more.

50% Off at Britannia Mine Museum
Why not take your kids to the Britannia Mine Museum for an underground tour, gold panning and interactive exhitbits. Discount applies to general admission tickets Monday, February 12.



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