Splash in the Mountains

10 Ways to Play: Splash in the Mountains

As the temperature heats up a cool splash in the mountains sounds refreshing, doesn’t it? With an array of waterways in Squamish from rushing rivers, calm mountain lakes or wind whipped ocean, take your pick on how you want to get wet this summer.


If gliding along on a stand-up paddle board is your preferred mode, Squamish is the ultimate SUP destination with your choice to paddle a pristine lake, along the coastline of Howe Sound or down a river.

Sea to Sky Adventure Company and Norm Hann Expeditions both have several paddle tours available for all levels of experience. From a gentle harbour and estuary tour, family tours, exciting Squamish River paddles or early morning ‘Cruise & Coffee’ paddles from Squamish to Britannia Beach, you can choose your level of adventure and glide your way to a great day.


Whitewater Rafting

Squamish is one of BC’s top whitewater rafting destinations and you can experience the exciting rush of rafting Squamish’s two rivers – the Cheakamus or the Elaho. The Cheakamus River offers Class 1 and 2 rapids for a mellower day, while the Elaho-Squamish River boasts fast flowing Class 3 and 4 rapids. In between the white water you’ll paddle along stunning river landscapes of old-growth forests, cliffs and waterfalls while spotting wildlife like eagles, deer and bears. Contact Canadian Outback Rafting and Squamish Rafting for a variety of tours and availability.



Located at the tip of Canada’s southernmost fjord, Squamish is perfectly situated amongst geographic features that practically guarantee summertime winds and protected waters – making it the perfect place to sail.

Canadian Coastal has private sailboat charters that depart in the afternoon or evening for a spectacular sailing experience through Squamish’s local waters. Sit back and relax or get hands on and assist the crew in sailing the vessel. Squamish Sailing Ventures is an accredited International Yacht Training school that prides themselves on teaching everyone from new sailors to boat owners the ins and outs of sailing the waters of Howe Sound.


Accommodation Match

For a rustic but luxurious treat, try renting one of the Olympic Cabins at Porteau Cove. With gorgeous views of Howe Sound, you can relax oceanside after your exhilarating day on the water.

See all of our accommodation partners here.

Dining Suggestions

Pepes Chophouse

Splashing around in the water sure works up an appetite, doesn’t it? Pepe’s Chophouse + Seafood is a fantastic spot to dig into a hearty pasta, yummy steak or fresh seafood. They have a wide range of modern and classic appetizers and this family friendly restaurant is a local’s favourite for a casual dining experience.

Check out our comprehensive guide to Squamish restaurants here.