Summer is here. School’s just finished, the sun is shining (well, semi-consistently at least) and the days are getting longer. But be careful, it’s easy for the time to fly by and very shortly, you’ll have wondered where you’re summer disappeared to.
We’ve decided that this summer is the one to remember, so we’ve spoken to some some long time locals and compiled this “bucket list” to help you get the most out of your time in Squamish this summer.
Learn to Kiteboard
If you’ve never been kiteboarding before, Squamish is the place to learn. The Squamish Spit is home to world renowned winds, incredible backdrops, and a vibrant kiteboarding community. Whether you want to try a new activity for the day or become a professional kiteboarder– book a lesson with a local guide and try it out.
Don’t leave squamish without a rafting trip down the Elaho river! The rushing whitewater, surfy waves and entertaining guides make for an exciting and adrenalin filled trip. Want to know the best part? Rafting is a great way to explore the remote valleys and rivers around squamish and see the unique views of the Tantalus mountain range. If one day doesn’t sound like enough, have a chat to Canadian Outback Rafting about their two, six, and ten day trips.
Sample the ‘Squamish Crack’ Climbing
If you’re new to squamish, I might need to clarify that the term ‘Squamish Crack’ is actually referring to the hundreds of climbs found on the granite cliffs in the area. These hand-jamming cracks have placed Squamish on the map for trad climbers and makes it a great place for those looking to progress their skills, or even get on the rock for the first time. Depending on your climbing goals, book a tour, lesson or course and enjoy your time outdoors.
Go Swimming in a Lake or Two
Say farewell to the Squamish swimming pool and hello to the fresh water lakes! Although the temperature is a little cooler outdoors, the clear water, fresh air and mountain scenery will leave you feeling refreshed, happy and exercised. Whether you’re heading to the easy Alice or Brome lake, or the 4WD accessible Levitte lake, or even Lake Lovely water (which requires a boat or float-plane) don’t forget to bring your book, a towel and a beer or two.
Rent a Stand Up Paddle Board & Explore
If you’re looking for a unique way to explore the Squamish water, SUP’ing is it. It’s fun, great for your health, incredibly social and good for all bodies of water; lakes, rivers and the calm ocean. From single day courses to regular tours or rental gear, you and your friends should hit the water for a Sup-er good time.
Take up Golfing in Squamish
Golfing is the perfect way to start or end the day. The mountain scenery at the Squamish Valley Golf Course is stunning. Finish the day with a Canadian Caesar on the club’s patio, this is one of the hidden gems in Squamish.
If the local lakes are getting a bit crowded for your liking, book our alpine lake float plane flight and take a dip in a remote glacier alpine lake. Possible the coolest thing to do this year. Insider’s tip – Rent an inflatable SUP to explore once you are there!
Explore the Squamish Gondola
The Sea to Sky Gondola is a must-do activity on your squamish bucket list. There’s views from every corner (look out for the Howe Sound, Squamish valley, Garibaldi and the Chief) and you get up close and personal with the impressive Sky Pilot mountain. Once you’re there, have a wander around the trails, walk across the frightening bridge, enjoy great food and every friday afternoon you can listen to some live music.
Test Your Fear of Heights at the Via Ferrata
The Via Ferrata is back for it’s second year and is another must-do on your summer bucket list. Located at the top of the Sea to Sky Gondola, the iron rung climbing route will give you a taste of climbing paired perfectly with thrills and views.
This family friendly event is a weekend full of excitement, fun and action guaranteed to make every member of the family smile. There are music & art events, children’s activities, a parade, wacky bed races, a 10K run, pancake breakfast and two world class Loggers Sports Shows with competitors from all around the world. This event showcases not only our rich heritage, but also it’s strong and vibrant community spirit.
Taste of Squamish Cruiser Bike Pub Crawl
Our long summer evenings are great for a post adventure beverage tour. We recommend jumping on your bike and exploring all our unique restaurants and brew pubs along the way.
- Enjoy a casual round of disc golf and a beverage on the new Norman Rudy’s patio
- Pedal over to the Crabapple Cafe and knock down one, or a few of, Squamishs’ best Caesars.
- Head down to the Watershed Grill to enjoy a drink with beautiful river views.
- Head on over to the newest brewpub, Backcountry Brewing for a cold drink.
- A short ride away is Gillespies Gin Distillery. Need I say more!
- Pedal downtown and explore our famous Howe Sound Brewery. The food’s amazing, drinks are rotating and the staff are incredible.
- Lastly, make your way to Valley Cliff for dancing and dinner at Match Eatery
- Insider’s tip – Share tasters and beverages as you go – book a bus taxi for the ride home and always drink and play responsibly.
So take some inspiration from our Squamish summer bucket list and get outdoors to enjoy your next Squamish Adventure!