Explore Squamish - February 06, 2018

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

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 from rafting trips to snowy adventures, read on to create a fun-filled weekend itinerary your kids will be buzzing about all year long. 

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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 Saturday, February 16 to Monday, February 18. There will be snowshoeing, snow-tubing and live music on Sunday. 
  2. Britannia Mine Museum
    Stop by on Family Day (Monday, February 18) 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. Airhouse Sports Academy
    Jump, skate and play at Squamish's indoor trampoline and skate park. Parents can watch from the viewing area or get in on the fun. Save big with 2 for 1 admission Monday, February 11 to Sunday, February 17. 
  4. Eagle Float Tours
    Squamish Rafting Company and Canadian Outback Rafting Company are offering special eagle float discounts for Family Day long weekend. Bring out your whole family from tots to grandparents to enjoy the beauty of Squamish by raft. 
  5. Whistler Olympic Park
    Drive 20 minutes north of Squamish for a day of cross country skiing or snowshoeing as a family. Skiing and snowshoeing trail tickets are 50% off Monday, January 18 and there will be free hot chocolate for kids!

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 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. 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 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? 

Family Day Deals

50% Off at Britannia Mine Museum | February 18
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 18.

50% Off at the Sea to Sky Gondola | February 16 - 18
Saturday, February 16 through Monday, February 18 the Sea to Sky Gondola is treating everyone to half price individual day tickets. Weekend activities include snowshoeing, tubing, smores around an outdoor bonfire and more.

50% Off at Whistler Olympic Park | February 18

Save 50% off ski and snowshoe trail admission tickets on Monday, February 18. Kids can take advantage of free hot chocolate at the Day Lodge. 

2 for 1 Admission at Airhouse Sports Academy | February 11 - 17

All week leading up to Family Day save big with 2 for 1 admission to jump, skate and play at Airhouse Sports Academy. Drop in on Family Day (Monday, February 18) and receive a 2 for 1 card for a future visit. 

Eagle Viewing Float Tours | February 16 - 18
Canadian Outback Rafting and Squamish Rafting Company are offering special discounts on eagle viewing float tours all Family Day long weekend.

Kid's Eat Free at Match Eatery & Public House | February 18

Kid's 12 and under eat free all day long at Match Eatery & Public House. Limit one free kid's meal per paying adult entree. 



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