Are you planning to visit Squamish, recently moved to the area or are a long time local who want to make the most out of Winter in Squamish? If so, then you will need the insider’s guide to a kickass winter in Squamish so you don’t miss any of the area’s fun activities!
Squamish is considered an outdoor lover’s paradise. During the winter months, the region is transformed into a mecca for anyone who loves snow sports. In fact, the region has the reputation of offering more winter fun activities within 30 minutes of the thriving downtown area than any other location in British Columbia. For those lucky enough to call Squamish home, the fun never stops. Individuals who visit the town quickly start dreaming about relocating to the community due to its limitless outdoor opportunities.
Powder junkies love heli-skiing. The coastal mountains receive abundant precipitation due to their close proximity to the Pacific Ocean. The increased moisture makes the alpine terrain famous for its unparalleled powder. You can easily book a local guide to transport you via helicopter to the virgin terrain so you can enjoy the best powder of your life.
Only 35 minutes away from Squamish is Callaghan Country which is home to world-class Nordic skiing. You can cross-country ski and even head up to Journeyman Lodge to enjoy an overnight experience in a snow-shrouded paradise.
Every year the majestic bald eagles winter in Squamish to catch the salmon run. The birds draw a bevy or tourists and locals who have the opportunity to see the raptors in their natural habitat. Guided tours leave the Cheakamus Center. You can also hit the water on an eagle rafting tour. Eagle watching is fun for young and old alike. Be sure to bring your camera for some truly outstanding photo opportunities.
If you aren’t a winter lover then don’t despair because you can try your hand at rock climbing at the all-indoor facility of Ground Up. No reason to catch a chill if you don’t have too!
If you are a newbie to the sport then Callaghan is an ideal place to take a tour. You can even fly out of Whistler on a helicopter to explore the stunning Pemberton Ice Caps. Squamish is one of the best snowmobile destinations in the world.
Snowshoeing and Tubing:
The Sea to Sky Gondola offers snowshoeing and snow tubing. The season kicks off in mid-December and is fun for all ages. It’s a great way to spend outdoor time together as a family while soaking up the wintertime views of the Howe Sound Fjord from the Sea to Sky Gondola.
If you are looking for a popular backcountry skiing location then look no further than Elfin Lakes. You can enjoy ski touring, snowshoeing, and even splitboarding. The Sea to Sky gondola gives you amazing access to some of the most breathtaking and diverse terrain in Canada. You will encounter lots of steeps, pillows, and alpine bowls. However, please remember that this area is not suitable for beginners or inexperienced skiers. We always recommend going out with a guide and taking the proper avalanche courses.
Boating and Kayaking:
Many people mistakenly believe that when winter hits the opportunities to boat and kayak disappear, but this is not true. Howe Sound remains open to watersports year round. On a nice day, you can take a guided tour via a comfortable and covered motorboat. Drop a few crab traps and even explore the First Nations pictographs that cover the rock walls of Howe Sound.
Mountain Biking and Hiking:
You can ride on numerous biking and hike numerous trails year-round at lower elevations in the Squamish area. In fact, the Four Lakes Trail is superb for winter hikes. The region boasts wind protection and the many trees offer good rain coverage on the hiking trails. Prior to heading out on a ride or a hike, please respect any and all SORCA closure signs.
In the winter months, you can fish for winter steelhead, bull trout, cutthroat trout, rainbow trout, and Dolly Varden. The region attracts world-class anglers who want to try their hand at catching a big one.
Winter in Squamish is magical. After a day outdoors you should stop into one of the town’s establishments for a locally brewed winter beer. Over an apre, you can tell locals and friends about your adventure. The camaraderie and love of nature unify not only the locals in the Squamish community but also the many tourists who flock to the area.