Squamish: The Secret’s Out


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Howe Sound and the town of Squamish (Photo credit: Tourism Squamish

You used to stop in Squamish for gas and McDonalds on your way to and from Whistler. Yet surrounding the town lie these incredible adventures – from whitewater rafting to rock climbing to sailing. With summer on the horizon, take this as your cue to get off the highway and explore the outdoor recreation capital of Canada.

Take to the Skies

Aerial view of Squamish
View from Crumpit Woods (Photo credit: Tourism Squamish)

The best way to get your bearings is from the sky. Flight seeing is notoriously pricy, but not so in Squamish! Sea to Sky Air offers 15 minute flights around Squamish for a flat rate for $162 for three passengers to split. Take in the Squamish Valley, as you soar high above the Tantalus Mountain range. On a clear day it’s even possible to catch a glimpse of the Straight of Georgia and Vancouver Island.

Journey From Sea to Sky Gondola

Sea to sea via ferrata
Via Ferrata at the Sea to Sky Gondola is a rush like no other (Photo credit: Paul McBride)

There’s so much more to the Sea to Sky Gondola than taking a mere gondola ride. (Though, the 10 minute ride that whisks you from sea level up 885m to the summit is pretty spectacular.) This gondola has made this outdoor adventure playground accessible to everyone. There’s superb hiking, rock climbing, plus Instagram-worthy photo opps at every turn. Adrenaline junkies will want to make a beeline for their Via Ferrata run by Mountain Skills Academy & Adventures

Don’t fret if you’re reading this after summer. This is one of the few four season Via Ferratas you’ll find in the world. Via Ferrata is an assisted mountaineering experience, where you maneuver along a series of metal rungs drilled deep into the mountain face. Certified guides stay with you along every spine-tingle step of the way, making this a rare opportunity to get the same thrills as hard core mountaineers, but in an environment that feels (and is!) safe.

Where to Eat

After your adrenaline rush dies down, you’ll want to replenish lost calories (and perhaps throw back a brew or two). Howe Sound Brewing is a delightful pub that has an attached restaurant well suited for families. The menu is diverse, with hearty portions. Stand outs include butter chicken and deconstructed niçoise salad with rainbow trout.

breakfast dishes on picnic table
Tuck into all day breakfast at Fergie’s. (Photo credit: Sunwolf Resort)

Fergie’s Cafe is another winner. Open for breakfast and brunch until 3 p.m., you can dine inside the tiny cafe or outdoors under canopies of douglas fir and fragrant cedar trees. Their homemade buttermilk biscuits are approaching cult status and massive house-made muffins are the perfect pick me up mid-day. Best is, the veggie bowl comprised of braised beans, kale and avocado topped with a runny egg is easily made into “The Hypocrite” with the addition of a fat sausage.


Sunwolf is an affordable hideaway within an hour's drive of Vancouver. (Photo credit: Sunwolf Resort)
Sunwolf is an affordable hideaway within an hour’s drive of Vancouver. (Photo credit: Sunwolf Resort)

Connecting to nature without having to rough it is where it’s at. You’ll feel like you’re staying in the heart of an enchanted forest when booking into Sunwolf. Lying at the confluence of the Cheekeye and Cheakamus Rivers, this 5-acre property is dotted with cosy riverside cabins. Here you won’t find TVs, but there is wifi, plus a communal lodge with puzzles and board games. It’s rustic without a dust, and a wonderful spot to reconnect as you disconnect from daily life.

It’s worth planning a trip to Squamish to experience all the great adventures it has to offer.

Have you ever been to Squamish in british Columbia? What outdoor adventures do you recommend doing there?


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