The Inside Scoop on Family Friendly Activities this Summer in Squamish
Squamish, BC is a world class destination for some of the more extreme sports such as, rock climbing, mountain biking, kiteboarding, white-water rafting and backcountry skiing to name a few. As our community attracts more and more young families , we’ve had to up-the-ante in regards to family friendly activities. Thanks to this, Squamish is becoming the place to adventure with your family!
Check out this guide to find the best family-friendly activities in Squamish and spend the summer ticking them off your list. Don’t waste a second, pack some lunch, grab a change of clothes, and this time, don’t leave your kids behind.
Challenge your Family with a Round of Mini Golf
Spend an afternoon out in the sun with your family, get a friendly competition going, and enjoy watching your kids faces when they get that hole-in-one. Whistle Punk Hollow is a fun, logging themed 9 hole course, nestled amongst the trees and only a stones throw away from the walking paths by the Mamquam river. Test your putting skills and be sure to pick up a scoop of frozen happiness from the new ice creamery.
Spend a Day Down by the Lake
Alice Lake is the destination for families to cool off this summer and enjoy a BBQ by the lake. As soon as the warm weather hits, this lake gets overtaken by kids playing on the sandy beaches. If you want to tire your kids out, make a day of it and go for a walk exploring the trails, followed by a picnic and swim in the lake. Check out our guide for the Best Ways to Beat the Heat this summer in Squamish for more fun options.
Take a Scenic Flight Over the Howe Sound
I’d say this one’s just as much for you as it is for your kids. Take a flight up and over the Stawamus Chief, Skypilot peak, and tantalus range and be sure you’re kids will talk about it for months to come. We really don’t need to say anything more.
Entertain the Kids at Sorca’s Bike Skills Park
You can find Sorca’s Bike skills park right beside Brennan park and recreation center. If you’re looking to get your kids interested in biking (without the hard uphill slog) this is a great place in the woods. If they get tired, pop across the the rec center and enjoy the hot tubs, pool and games room! It is also conveniently located close to Whistle Punk Mini Golf, so why not make a day of biking, swimming, golfing and ice cream!?
Sample the Squamish Food
Sometimes you need to just let the kids run wild while you wait for a delicious breakfast. Fergies Cafe is the best place for this, you can sit at one of the outdoor picnic tables and let your kids roam free. Squamish offers great dining options for families, be sure to check out all of our Local Favourites Squamish Restaurant Guide guide and the Saturday Farmers market for more ideas.
Send the Kids Across the Gondola Suspension Bridge
Spend family time at new heights! The sea to sky gondola is the perfect place to take your family up for an afternoon of stunning views, interactive trails and a thrilling suspension bridge. Enjoy a snack at the Summit lodge at the top, or pack a picnic with groceries from Nester`s Market.
Test your Courage with Whitewater Rafting
Squamish is home to the best white water rafting in BC, The Elaho river tour is fun for families with kids over 13 years or 90 lbs and offers some fun rapids among world class scenery. If you have kids under 13, the Cheakamus river tour is a fun option, with stunning views, fun splashes and a historical float past a traditional coast Salish big house, this is a great day activity for you and your kids to enjoy.
Enjoy S’mores Around the Campfire
Camping is a great way for your family to connect with each other and nature. With over 10 great camping grounds within 40 minutes’ drive of Squamish, you will find the perfect place for a family getaway. Our favourites are Alice Lake, the Wonderland Valley Campground and Paradise Valley.
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