Explore Squamish - January 20, 2019

Step-by-Step Guide to Family Day Long Weekend

Family looking at view in Squamish
Photo: Paul Bride

Your Guide to Family Day Long Weekend in Squamish

Have some family day fun right here in Squamish - guaranteed to cure boredom and amp up the smiles in your household! With everyone staying close to home this past year, the kids are ready to break free and have some fun. Try something new or revisit something you might have done before. This year it's all about supporting local, and with so many activities to do from rafting trips to snowy adventures, you'll have no problem creating an enjoyable weekend itinerary for the whole family.


Family Day Deals

50% Off at Britannia Mine Museum | February 12-15
Why not take your kids to the Britannia Mine Museum for an underground tour, gold panning, and interactive exhibits including BOOM!, a multi-sensory live action experience. Advance Online Bookings Required.

Rafting Tours | February 2021
Squamish Rafting Company is offering 15% off eagle viewing float tours for groups of two or more. Use the code FAMILYFUN15 to book online.
- Canadian Outback Rafting is offering 10% off their rafting tour for private boats. Use the code FamilyDay21 to book online for a tour when they reopen April 17th, 2021. Their 'Book a Boat' option allows families or 'bubble' groups to reserve a private raft for the tour (option reserves 2-6 seats for one rate).

Family Deal for Trout Country Fishing Guides | February 2021
Families of three are just $250, with extra adults $100 each and extra kids just $50 each. Valid throughout the month of February.

Cross Country & Snowshoe 6-Packs on Sale at Whistler Olympic Park | Available for purchase until February 11th, 2021
XC 6-Pack: $139+tax, Showshoe 6-pack: $76+tax.Tickets can be used any day of the week throughout the 20/21 season and are fully transferable. 

$50 Family Pass to The Ninja Gym | February 15
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. Bookings must be made in advance.


Follow these 5 steps to create your perfect Family Day weekend

 

Step 1: Choose your adventure

Kids play at the Britannia Mine Museum

 
  1. Britannia Mine Museum
    Prebook your mining adventure online and enjoy 50% off general admission from February 12-15th. 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.
  2. Rafting and Float Tours
    Book a tour with Squamish Rafting Company or Canadian Outback Rafting Company and bring out your whole family to enjoy the beauty of Squamish by raft. 
  3. Whistler Olympic Park
    Drive 20 minutes north of Squamish for a day of cross country skiing or snowshoeing as a family. 
  4. 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. Booking must be made in advance.
  5. 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.
  6. Fishing Tours
    Get ready to get hooked on another popular Squamish pastime that is fun for the whole family. Spend a day out on the water enjoying fresh air and learning species identification, handling techniques and how to angle.

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
    Check out the new Mamquam boardwalk or 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

  1. Howe Sound Brewing
    Kids menu: grilled cheese, burgers and fries, chicken strips and 3 different kids pizzas. 
  2. Norman Rudy's
    Kids menu: Fish and chips, kid's burger, crispy chicken, grilled cheese sandwich, green salad, caesar salad, gelato.
  3. Saha Eatery
    Kids menu: Falafel wrap, beef kefta wrap, hummus & pita bread, pan-fried chicken, hummus & veggies
  4. The Copper Coil
    Kids menu: Chicken fingers and fries, mac and cheese
  5. The Crabapple Cafe
    Kids menu: Kids burger, pancakes, french toast, grilled cheese, veggies w/ hummus

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 somewhere other than home

Photo: Sandman Hotel and Suites

Why not escape those all-too-familiar walls at home and stay the night at one of our local kid-friendly hotels? You can't go wrong with an indoor pool and waterslide for the kids and a hot tub for mom and dad!

 

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