Squamish has been named the Adventure Capital of the world and for good reason! There are so many outdoor activities and sports to take part in.
Around every corner is another trail head leading to a mountain top, around a lake or to one magnificent view or another. Hike up the famous Stawamus Chief for incredible views of the kiteboarders in the Howe Sound as well as to downtown and beyond. Head up to the end of Mamquam Road and hike up into the Garibaldi Provincial Park for amazing camping at Elfin Lakes or go for a gentle stroll around Alice or Brohm Lakes.
Just south of Squamish is Murrin Park with a “mini Chief” view. The short hike is quite steep and brings you to a wonderful southern view of the Howe Sound. Wander through the Squamish Estuary, the trail begins right beside our downtown shop and enjoy the breathtaking scenery. This trail is flat and suitable for everyone. Watch for bears.
Squamish has so many amazing biking trails, it would take the whole summer to do them all!! The trails are a mix of downhill and cross country with something for all ability levels. Check out a local favorite Half Nelson, located up Mamquam Road or for beginner riders check out the dump trails across the road from Alice Lake on Squamish Valley Rd.
Kiteboarding of course! The thermal winds blow strong and consistent in Squamish over the summer months starting as early as late March and going through October. May-August are the most consistent months. The Spit is the launching and landing zone in Squamish. It is an advanced spot as the wind blows offshore so it is essential to be able to ride upwind before going out alone. Though the Spit is an advanced spot, Squamish is an amazing place to learn as a beginner. Check out our lesson options here.
Learn kiteboarding for the first time, progress your freestyle skills or learn to ride a strapless surfboard, there is something for everyone!
Any summer day you wander along the base of the Chief, you will find it filled with climbers. Squamish is home to world class climbing and bouldering as well as an amazing climbing gym when the weather is not cooperating.
Skiing and Snowboarding
Whistler Mountain is only 45 mins north of Squamish home to some of the best skiing in the world. Though Whistler is only a short drive away, you don’t even need to leave Squamish to find some fresh powder! Back country skiing is popular among Squamish residents who want to escape the crowds and find fresh lines.
Visit the Lakes
There are several beautiful lakes to hangout at along the Sea to Sky. Starting from the south is Murrin, just north of Brackendale you can stop and check out the four lakes trail beginning at Alice Lake. Brohm and Cat Lakes are not much further along the highway from Alice Lake. Levette lake is just outside Squamish in the Paradise Valley, though 4wd is required to get there.
Elfin Lakes, Garibaldi Lake and Echo Lakes are amazing to visit. These lakes are all hike in and require a whole day to reach and return.
Stand Up Paddleboarding
In the mornings before the wind starts is an amazing opportunity to take out a stand up paddle board in the Howe Sound and Estuary. As the wind picks up in the afternoon the water becomes more choppy and makes paddling very difficult if not impossible. For advanced paddlers, entering the Squamish River upstream and floating down to the Spit can be an awesome adventure. Stock your backpacks and enjoy a delicious BBQ along the way. Contact us for SUP river tours.
Check out the local farmers market on Saturday mornings or take a stroll down Cleveland Ave to check out the local vendors and shops.
This is just a small list of all the amazing things to do in Squamish. Be sure to make the most of your time in Squamish and enjoy all the amazing activities it has to offer!