Explore Squamish - February 02, 2023

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

Celebrate Family Day in Squamish - guaranteed to cure boredom and amp up the smiles in your household! Try something new or revisit something you might have done before. There are plenty of activities to do and yummy things to eat, you'll have no problem creating an enjoyable weekend itinerary for the whole family.

Family Day Deals

50% Off at Britannia Mine Museum | February 17-20, 2023 - Why not take your kids to the Britannia Mine Museum for an underground tour, gold panning, and interactive exhibits including their award-winning BOOM! show. Everyone will love this multi-sensory live action experience. Advance Online Bookings Required.

FREE Tubing at Sea to Sky Gondola | February 17-20, 2023 -  Enjoy old fashioned tubing for free all Family Day weekend long. For every free tubing ticket, the Sea to Sky Gondola will donate $5 to Squamish Search and Rescue. Open 9AM until 5PM (last download 6PM)


Follow these 5 steps to create your perfect Family Day weekend


Step 1: Choose your adventure

Image: Whistler Olympic Park

Britannia Mine Museum

Prebook your mining adventure online and enjoy 50% off general admission from February 17-20. 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.

Sea to Sky Gondola

Wander through the winter wonderland of the alpine, explore the suspension bridges, lookouts and the sweet quiet of the woods. Get ready for lots of giggles over at the super-fun tube park and playground! Don't forget, tubing is free all weekend long, included in your pass.

Whistler Olympic Park

Drive 25 minutes north of Squamish for a day of cross country skiing, snowshoeing or tobogganing as a family. 

See Squamish from Above

Take the family to see Squamish from sky-high on a flightseeing tour. Even smaller kids will find a glimpse of our spectacular mountains from an airplane or helicopter exhilerating!

Go Crazy for Cocoa

The 3rd annual Squamish Hot Chocolate Festival is on through February 20. Let your inner chocolate monster free and try to visit as many of the 21 participants as you can, indulging your way around Squamish as you taste-test chocolately delights paired with decadent treats.


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 after you grab a snack at one of the nearby Downtown cafés.
  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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