Strong and Free: Lifting of Covid Mandates Marks the Perfect Time to Discover Squamish

Strong and Free: Lifting of Covid Mandates Marks the Perfect Time to Discover Squamish

The Light at the End of the Tunnel

After two long years of lockdowns, masks mandates, and vaccine passports, it finally looks as if British Columbia is approaching the finish line of this pandemic. The recent changes to public health measures and a further loosening of restrictions have brought relief and excitement to the many Canadians who have been patiently awaiting a return to normal. With some of the most stringent restrictions in the country, those living in British Columbia have endured countless limitations on their social freedoms. As the restaurant and tourist sectors have been amongst the industries hardest hit, many have been anxiously awaiting a full, province-wide reopening as we approach the spring and summer months of 2022.
The newest announcements from Dr. Bonnie Henry and the Ministry of Health mark the beginning of the end and gives hope for many looking to make the most out of the upcoming warmer months. Since March 11th, individuals are no longer required to wear masks within public indoor settings, and April 8th will mark the end of the province’s vaccine passport program. Thankfully, customers will no longer be required to provide proof of vaccination when entering restaurants, shops, or other public gatherings. These changes to the province’s approach to the pandemic come alongside new changes to international entry requirements announced by the federal government. Starting April 1st, fully vaccinated travelers will be able to enter into Canada without a negative Covid-19 test result.
All of these adjustments represent a continued progress on the road to a fully re-opened British Columbia. Already, restaurants, gyms, and other public spaces have been allowed to run at full capacity since February 17th; a policy that has brought relief to countless struggling businesses. Every day, the prospect of a normal summer in British Columbia gets more promising; a warm welcome after two years of lockdown and isolation. With festivals, sports events, and restaurants, British Columbians are finding more and more ways to make the most of our renewed social freedoms.

Squamish is Ready

Having been one of the regions most affected by British Columbia’s Covid-19 restrictions, Squamish and the surrounding Sea to Sky corridor is ready to hit the ground running as more and more restrictions are abandoned. Most important is the resurgence of Squamish’s tourism and hospitality sectors that have faced so many challenges throughout the pandemic. Especially restaurants, who have faced limited capacities, take-out only policies, and even closures throughout the pandemic, are excited at the prospect of a further easing of public health restrictions. For many, the policing of masks and vaccination cards have created added labour and an increase in headaches for staff. But with no limits on capacities, an incoming end to the vaccine passport program and the elimination of mandatory mask regulations, restaurants owners in British Columbia can look forward to a renewed boost in traffic after the struggles of the last two years.
But its not only restaurants who are looking forward to a return to normal. Squamish has long been known for its thriving adventure tourism industry. Mountain biking, whitewater rafting, and rock climbing are just a few of the many experiences that attract so many to Squamish’s wilderness. Both provincial and federal lockdown measures have seriously limited the number of adventure-seeking travellers able to take advantage of all that Squamish has to offer. For nearly two years, individuals from the United States and other parts of the world have been barred from entering the country.
Although, with loosening provincial regulations and a federal end to mandatory testing, those days are quickly moving far behind us. Many Squamish businesses are excited for the upcoming tourism boom as incoming travellers look to explore one of Canada’s most rewarding regions.

Must-See Places to Visit Under the New Guidelines

As Dr. Bonnie Henry continues to relax restrictions and reopen the province, now is the perfect time to take advantage of returning social freedoms by checking out some of British Columbia’s most rewarding experiences along the Sea to Sky highway.

Sea to Sky Gondola

There is no better way to experience the beauty of British Columbia than from the stunning views of the Sea to Sky Gondola. The impressive ten-minute traverse carries passengers up to 885 metres above sea level. At the top, the summit will reward with breath-taking panoramic views, striking wildlife trails, and first-class dining at the Summit Lodge. In recent weeks, the gondola welcomed the newest public health changes and made the decision to cast aside their mask mandate as soon as they were able to do so. There is no update yet as to whether or not they are planning to lift their vaccine requirements on April 8th, but their recent policy changes have shown that they are happy to remove restrictions as soon as possible. Also, to celebrate easing Covid-19 protocols, Sea to Sky is thrilled to announce the return of Sunday Socials. Every week, join friends and family for an unforgettable afternoon of live music, games, and drink specials!


Seeing as Squamish is a central point for many visiting Whistler, many travelers are excited for reduced restrictions and the opportunity to visit one of Canada’s most beautiful mountain communities without fear of restrictive Covid-19 policies. Following Dr. Bonnie Henry’s newest announcements, the municipality of Whistler has echoed a public desire to continue on the road toward normality. Stating that they will act in accordance with public health measures, Whistler has expressed a willingness to finally cast aside restrictions. Thus, throughout the mountain, stores, restaurants and hotels no longer require masks to be worn indoors and following April 8th visitors to the mountain will no longer need to provide proof of vaccination.  We recommend a visit to Whistler’s Open Door Directory website for a comprehensive resource on how businesses are reacting to changing provincial requirements.

Fully Re-Opened Restaurants

Many Restaurants in Squamish have expressed increased frustrations as a result of the constantly changing policies meant to slow the spread of Covid-19. But with the changing rules, restaurants are excited to return to normal and offer an unimpeded dining experience for their patrons. Some restaurants like Whitespot, Match Eatery, and Watershed Grill, have all explicitly expressed a willingness to abide by the provincial public health requirements and are no longer requiring masks or proof of vaccination. While most other restaurants on the popular Cleveland Avenue strip have yet to announce specific re-opening plans, the future looks promising as the majority of restaurants have consistently looked toward getting back to business as usual. Squamish restaurant owners are excited to welcome back customers with open arms now that the province has finally decided to abandon these business-crippling limitations.

Squamish Farmer’s Market

Starting April 23rd, mingle with community members every Saturday during a visit to the Squamish Farmer’s Market. This year will be the market’s 19th year of operation and with over 60 vendors and a stunning granite backdrop of the towering Squamish Chief, this is the perfect opportunity to get outside and involved with one of the friendliest communities in British Columbia. However, despite the new changes to the province’s public health policy, the Farmer’s market is still asking that customers remain masked and socially distanced while shopping.


As we in the province slowly emerge from this pandemic, many are looking forward to new ways to get together with friends and family. Fortunately, some big events are being planned over the upcoming months, providing a great opportunity to get out of the house and overcome those ever-present feelings of isolation and pessimism that have plagued so may over the last two years.

Crankworkx (August 5- August 14)

Due to Covid restrictions and the province’s public health measures, many were disappointed to learn that the Whistler Mountain Biking Festival was cancelled in 2021. However, with the recent announcements, organizers have announced that they’re moving full steam ahead with this year’s festival. Known as one of the biggest mountain biking events in the world, Whistler’s Crankworx brings together the best athletes to compete in a variety of elite-level competitions.

Squamish Constellation Festival (July 22-24)

For many, the effects of Covid-19 have been most felt with the absence of live music events. Everyone has been patiently waiting for the time when we can rejoin a crowd of fellow music-lovers and let loose to the rhythm of heart-pounding speakers. Well, the time has come, live music is finally returning, and the three-day Squamish Constellation Festival is a can´t-miss event for those looking to quench that live music thirst. Featuring two stages of non-stop music and over 60 acts lined up, this incredible festival will be one to remember.

Squamish Beer Festival (June 25)

Join over 2000 beer lovers and 55 craft breweries to experience a summertime gathering like no other. Located in the heart of Squamish, this popular event has often been recognized as one of the best festivals in the Sea to Sky corridor. With food trucks, games, axe throwing, and the best craft beer that British Columbia has to offer, the 6th annual Squamish Beer Festival is guaranteed to be a fun way to spend a hot Squamish day.

Squamish Days Loggers Sports Parade (July 28-31)

After two years of cancellations and shortened programs, the infamous Squamish Days Loggers Sports Parade is back for its 65th year this summer. In the years since 1957, what started as a small group of loggers getting together for some friendly competition, has exploded into an action-packed weekend full of logging events, games, and showcases. Experience the rich tradition of Squamish’s extensive logging heritage with events like chainsaw carving competitions, a world-class logger’s sports show, and the concluding Squamish Days parade.

What Are You Waiting For?

The stormy days of the Covid-19 pandemic are finally clearing as lockdowns, mask-wearing, vaccine requirements, and restricted international travel will soon be a distant memory. More than anyone, the people of Squamish and those along the Sea to Sky Highway are ready to reclaim their lives and resume daily life as normal. With exciting events, popular restaurants, and memorable attractions, Squamish is poised to be a hotspot for travellers looking to get outside and explore all that British Columbia has to offer.
Nesters Market Squamish50 Trail Race

Nesters Market Squamish50 Trail Race

Squamish is one of Canada’s most popular tourist destinations, located just 45 minutes from Whistler and an hour from Vancouver. The community is nestled in the foothills of several mountains, on the shores of the Mamquam River and Howe Sound. Its diverse terrain includes beaches, coastal rainforest, alpine meadows, glaciers and mountain crags.

Access to several provincial parks – like Stawamus Chief, Alice Lake and Brackendale Eagles Provincial Par – and the many forests that blanket the hills and mountains, the lakes, rivers and streams, and vast trail networks, all make Squamish an ideal location for hikers and runners to compete.

Each year Squamish hosts the Squamish 50 races. The trails are tough and truly unforgettable trail running experiences. More than 90% of the trails are singletrack, and there’s over 11,000 feet of climbing and descent. The Squamish 50 events were constructed by runners for runners and they highlight the very finest trail running terrain in Western Canada.

There are 3 events this year: the 50 Mile, 50 Km and 50/50. The 23 Km event has been postponed until 2022.

50 Mile

The 50 Miler is an exceptionally difficult course. The first 9.65 km (6 miles) are relatively flat; as is the final mile. The terrain in between features over 3350 m (11,000 ft) of ascents and descents. The longest largest individual climb is 760 m / 2500 ft.

This race will begin at Junction Park on Cleveland Avenue Saturday, October 16, 2021 at 5:30am. All runners will be required to start with a headlamp. The race will finish at Junction Park, Cleveland Avenue.

50 Km

The 50 Km is a very challenging course. It’s a point to point race without any loops. Like the 50 Mile, there are flatter sections at the beginning and end. The terrain in between features over 2500 m (8500 ft) of ascents and 2750 m (9000 ft) of descents. There’s a 11.5 hour cutoff time for this race.

This race will begin at Black Bear Rd off the Sea to Sky Highway, at the entrance to Alice Lake Provincial Park, on Sunday, October 17, 2021 at 6:15 am. The race will finish at Junction Park, Cleveland Avenue.


The 50/50 is the ultimate test, with racers completing the 50 Miler and 50 Km events back-to-back on consecutive days, for a total of 130 km. For those tackling the 50/50 for multiple years, there’s a special colour assigned that indicates the number of times the 50/50 has been completed, worn as a badge of honour. There are the coveted custom made awards, and for all who cross both finish lines on consecutive days there’s a limited edition 50/50 trucker hat.

Things for Women to Do in Squamish

Things for Women to Do in Squamish

Explore the Shops and Eateries on Cleveland Avenue

Cleveland Avenue is Squamish’s front street and the heart of shopping and dining. The little boutiques and specialty shops, dining and coffee options, and two parks, have made the strip a favourite place for women to enjoy a few delightful hours during their stay.

Are you due for a bit of pampering? One of the unique shops is Be Clean Naturally: Soap Shoppe & Herbal Aroma Therapy uses only 100% pure essential oils when scenting their natural soaps, candles, skincare, haircare, shaving, dental, roll-ons and other natural products. Yoga Love & Meditation Boutique offers guided meditations, kirtan, workshops and book studies; and their retail store has a selection of metaphysical and health books, oracle and tarot cards, musical instruments, crystals, clothing and yoga/meditation props. Mountain View Nails & Spa provides nail services, waxing, spa pedicures and manicures, eyelash extensions and more. Located in Chieftain Centre Mall, T&A Nails Salon offers manicures, pedicures, nail repairs facials, waxing and more, a friendly and relaxed atmosphere.

Skin Focus offers a unique medical spa experience with the most qualified and experienced team and medical aesthetics. As a naturopathic doctor, Dr. Dawn Gareau’s passion for helping people achieve healthier and natural-looking skin comes from treating the body as a whole. If you’d like to fit in a workout, Breathe Fitness & Yoga has fitness and yoga classes, as well as a selection of bras, jackets, leggings and shorts. Club Flex 24 Hr Fitness includes 24-hour access to their facilities, with exercise classes, locker room amenities, state of the art strength and cardio equipment in their newly renovated gym.

Are you looking for a unique gift or décor piece for your home? Billies House is Squamish’s florist, and they offer a selection of gifts. Lucas Teas provides a selection of fine loose teas and teaware. And Xoco Chocolate brings you evolved, contemporary west coast chocolate, cakes and pastries. At The Eclectic Circle, you’ll find a wide selection of unique gifts: decorative items, unique jewelry, cards and stationery, clothing items from around the world, books on spirituality, tarot, cards, incense, crystals and much more.

For kids’ clothing, shoes, toys, baby gear and dance, Kaos Kids is the place to shop. For fashion, Whistle Stop Boutique, The Funky Monkey Boutique and Fetish for Shoes are conveniently grouped together on the west side of Cleveland. Stylezone Fashions, located in Chieftain Centre Mall, is a modern clothing boutique, with on-trend big city brands at small-town prices. Wild and Heart is a thoughtfully curated west-coast lifestyle boutique. They have curated a mix of women’s clothing, objects, apothecary and vintage.

If you’re looking for a kitchen tool or gadget, Karin’s Kitchen Corner has a great selection. For entire ‘roomscapes’, to interesting decor items, Anna’s Interiors has the latest in home furnishings and accessories. Next door, Empire of Dirt provides refurbished treasures, jewelry, watches, art, antiques, vintage and custom made furniture; shabby chic style and funky flare for your home décor. The Hive showcases a mix of home accessories, wall decor, bedding, shower curtains, and other bathroom items. They also offer a collection of wallets, bags, and jewelry and one of a kind gifts.

Sea to Sky Art House is a gallery that focuses on showcasing and supporting local British Columbia artists. The gallery sells prints, originals, tote bags, pins, photographs and wood carvings. Squamish Native Art Store sells carvings and artwork from BC native artists. Don’t let the frontage fool you: the small shop carries several hundred carvings, masks, paintings, sculptures, drums, and talking sticks.

Outdoor enthusiasts have three great stores to choose from, right off Cleveland. Corsa Cycles offers a full range of road bikes, commuter/hybrid bikes, kids bikes, and full-suspension mountain bikes; with parts, accessories, clothing and service. Shop Valhalla Pure for premium outdoor clothing from around the world. They have a great selection of outdoor gear from Icebreaker, prAna, Rab, Black Diamond, Ortovox, Patagonia, LaSportiva and more. Climb On is a rock climbing specialty store, featuring gear for bouldering, sport climbing, trad climbing, climbing, work and rescue, camping and kids. Rentals are available.

If you’re ready to take a shopping break or enjoy a picnic, there are two parks to choose from. Stan Clarke Park is a small rest area, with lovely landscaping and several large shade trees, a memorial mosaic and monument to remember the Squamish soldiers who lost their lives in World War conflict. There are 23 birch trees planted, one for each soldier. The park was named after G.S. Clarke (Stanbrook), a prominent railwayman who arrived in Squamish in 1927. Across the street, Junction Park & O`Siyam Pavilion is a popular spot with locals and tourists who grab some take-out from one of the Downtown Squamish eateries and have a picnic. The Stawamus Chief mountain is in the backdrop, making it a popular place for family pictures. O`Siyam Pavilion is a popular venue for summer outdoor concerts. The Squamish Yacht Club is just across Logger’s Lane.

In addition to several fast-food chains, the Cleveland Avenue strip offers several quick spots to grab a bite. There’s the popular Carte Diem food truck, that sets up at the corner of Winnipeg St. shortly before noon. Their tagline is “Seize the Souvlaki”, and they offer lamb, chicken, and pork souvlaki dishes and gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan options. Parkside Cafe serves up curry and rice/naan dishes, wraps and rolls, sandwiches, patties, samosa and kulcha. Sunflower Bakery & Cafe is another popular stop for breakfast or lunch; with soups and sandwiches, and fresh baked goods. All made from scratch and using the finest ingredients available. And right next door, Zephyr Cafe offers creative and tasty vegan, raw and gluten-free dishes. Zephyr has a warm community feel, healthy eating and local art.

Everything at The Ledge Community Coffee House is fresh sourced, wholesome and homemade. The coffee is fresh-roasted weekly, all of the pastries are baked fresh daily in-house, and their soups, sandwiches and share-plates are hearty and made from scratch. The Green Moustache is a 100% organic, whole food café. They serve plant-based, whole food meals, desserts, cold-pressed juices and smoothies, made from scratch. Samurai Sushi Downtown‘s takeout and delivery menu includes sushi, house rolls, nigiri, agedashi, teriyaki and karaage.

If you’re ready for dinner or something a little more substantial the Cleveland Ave. shopping strip has several great options. Inspired by the flavours of Louisiana, The Copper Coil Still and Grill menu utilizes fresh Pacific Northwest and seasonal ingredients to create unique, delicious dishes that are handcrafted to satisfy. There’s something to satisfy everyone, with salads, burgers, po’boys, smoked ribs, cajun fare, pasta and desserts. Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Company offers a menu full of house-made favourites, and their chefs focus on freshness and unique flavours, cooking with their own beer, seasonal produce and local seafood. Be sure to taste their wide selection of craft ales, lagers and stouts available on draft in the brewpub, made on the premises. Oryzae Japanese Cuisine serves Japanese Izakaya appetizers, a selection of basic and signature rolls, donburis and noodles, sashimi and tataki, and nigiris.

Enjoy a Guided Kayak Tour of the Squamish Harbour and Estuary

Join Sea to Sky Adventure Company’s experienced and certified guides on a tour through the Squamish harbour and estuary. Guided tours and lessons are available with kayaks or stand-up paddleboards. Wildlife sightings are common, and you’ll enjoy spectacular views of Shannon Falls, Howe Sound and the Stawamus Chief. Beginners are welcome, and gear rental and shuttle are included.

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Take an Intro to Mountain Biking Lesson

Squamish is known as one of the world’s best mountain biking destinations. If taking a guided bike tour in the Sea To Sky Corridor represents an adventure bucket list checkmark for you, be sure to book one-on-one mountain bike coaching from RideHub. They offer tailored riding lessons and video analysis with a certified, expert mountain bike instructor. RideHub Private Instruction is suitable for beginner to expert riders with varying endurance abilities.

Examples of course content could be terrain awareness, line selection, slabs, technical steeps, skinnies and ttfs, drop progression, jump progression, cornering techniques, pumptracks and flow, and more. Before the lesson, one of the principal coaches will contact you by phone to better understand what your goals are. Trails are then chosen based on the curriculum for the half-day or full-day lesson.

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Head out for a Half-Day Guided Mountain Bike Tour

Your certified PMBI guide at Sea to Sky Adventure Company will design a fully customized 3.5 hour trip based upon your skill level and what you want to get out of this day. Sea to Sky’s guides are experts of Squamish’s local trails (over 200kms of single track) and know exactly where to take you. Beginner to advanced, there’s always somewhere to go. Shuttle is included and bike rental is discounted with a tour.

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Ride the Sea to Sky Gondola

The ride up to the summit usually provides spectacular views of Howe Sound, Shannon Falls, the lush coastal forest, the Stawamus Chief climbing area and other surrounding mountains. At the top there are two different interpretive loop walking trails featuring cantilevered viewing platforms. Other attractions include the Sky Pilot Suspension Bridge and numerous hiking trails. Over 100 events are hosted at the summit each year. We hope to have good news about the gondola’s reopening in the near future.

The Basecamp Cafe is open, and is serving hot coffee, sandwiches and soups. The Sea to Sky Gondola Gift Shop offers a selection of outerwear, customs prints, gift items, and many items.

Due to an act of vandalism on September 14th, 2020, the gondola is currently closed.

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Enjoy a Canadian Signature Experience at the Britannia Mine Museum

Britannia Mine Museum delivers an immersive historical experience. The 10-acre site includes guided underground tours and self-led exploration of the social history of Britannia Beach. The underground train takes you into an early haulage tunnel, to discover what it was like to be a copper miner, with demonstrations of actual working drills. The museum’s new Disney-like attraction BOOM! will introduce your family to the story, sights and sounds behind the architectural marvel, Mill No. 3. You’ll discover first-hand the historic Mill’s purpose, the giant machines that made it work, and the thunderous roar of a working mill.

Other attractions include a mineral gallery, gold panning pavilion, foundations exhibit, giant haul truck, the Beaty Lundin Visitor Centre, heritage building, the award-winning “Groundbreaking” film, historical buildings and artefacts and a gift shop.

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Experience the ‘Sea to Skypilot’ Flightseeing Tour

With Sea to Sky Air’s ‘Sea to Skypilot’ scenic flight pack you’ll get an eagle’s-eye-view of Skypilot Mountain, Goat Ridge, the Howe Sound Fjord and, on a really clear day, Vancouver Island and Mt Baker, Washington. The flight is 25 minutes in length and covers more than 80 square kilometres. Sea to Sky Air’s pilots love sharing what they know about the area’s geology and history, and they’ve outfitted every seat with a two-way headset and microphone. This very affordable package is excellent for first-time flightseers.

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Enjoy a Leisurely Afternoon Sailing

Spend 3 glorious hours enjoying the breathtaking views of Howe Sound and the Coastal and Tantalus mountain ranges with Canadian Coastal Sailing. The sails of the 40′ sailboat are raised as you pass beneath the famous Stawamus Chief granite monolith and cascading Shannon Falls. Regardless of expertise or ability, you will learn about sailing and be able to take your turn at the helm, or grind a winch to trim sails. Most days you can see colourful kites as the craft tacks offshore in the afternoon’s inflow winds. The same topographic conditions that makes the Howe Sound fjord perfect for sailing also attracts kiteboarders from around the world. And with a bit of luck, you may spot a pod of dolphins or Orcas.

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Things for Kids and Families to Do in Squamish

Things for Kids and Families to Do in Squamish

Water and Trails at Alice Lake Provincial Park

There are four fresh water lakes in the park – Edith, Stump, Fawn and Alice – interconnected by the Four Lakes Trail. During the summer months, Alice Lake is a popular beach and family-friendly swimming area, with fishing, canoeing and stand-up paddleboarding, a picnic area and flat trail around the lake. There are hiking, horseback and mountain biking trails through dense forest, and excellent views of towering mountains. During the summer months canoe, kayak and standup paddleboard rentals are available.

The park is home to one of the most challenging and enjoyable trail networks on the West Coast, making it a favourite destination for mountain bikers. Alice Lake is a dog-friendly park. The 6km Four Lakes Trail takes you past all four lakes, under a canopy of tall Douglas fir and western red cedar. The DeBeck’s Hill Trail offers another 3 km loop option. DeBeck’s Hill is a more challenging hike, with a climb of 274 metres. The trailhead for DeBeck’s is located at the south beach parking lot. The summit of DeBeck’s Hill provides incredible views of the ice-capped Tantalus Range to the west and Mount Garibaldi to the east, and the valley below. Other trails include Mike’s Loop Trail, Jack’s Trail and Bob MacIntosh Memorial Trail.

Hiking, Fishing and Fishing at Brohm Lake

Brohm Lake Recreation Area is located off Hwy 99, 15 kilometres north of Downtown Squamish. The Lake Trail is a 3.6-kilometre loop around the 13 hectare lake, and there are five other trails in the 12 kilometre network. Most of the trail network is considered easy grade, but there are sections, leading to the higher rock bluffs, that involve some elevation hiking. From some of the viewpoints you can see the majestic Tantalus Mountain Range. The lake is a popular for swimming, fishing and paddling. The lake has plenty of rock outcroppings and cliffs, and even a few rope swings. There’s parking and a picnic area, but these can fill up quickly during the summer months.

The Brohm Lake Interpretive Forest was established in 1974, providing an opportunity to learn about forests, forest management practices, the area’s ecology and local cultural history. Experienced mountain bikers and hikers can venture deeper into the network of trails, connecting with Cat Lake, Alice Lake and Garibaldi Highlands hiking and biking trails.

Introduction to Flight Experience

Sea to Sky Air provides an opportunity to spread your wings in BC’s Coast Mountains, in an exhilarating grab-the-wheel co-pilot experience. Your family will learn the ABCs of aviation in a detailed ground briefing, and then get in the driver’s seat to practice the basic maneuvers of flight with one of Sea to Sky Air’s seasoned mountain pilots. If you’ve watched the eagles soar over Howe Sound, or looked up at the peaks of Mount Habrich and Skypilot, you can enjoy an unforgettable birds-eye-view from a plane. Flights are an hour long and cover an area 150+ square kilometers. It’s the perfect opportunity to tick learning how to fly a plane off your bucket list.

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Horseback Riding on a Squamish Ranch

Located on the banks of the Cheakamus River, Cheekye Ranch encompasses more than sixty acres of coastal forest, and offers spectacular views of the river and surrounding Tantalus mountain range. Trail rides are available, with knowledgable guides. Dressage, jumping and horsemanship lessons are also an option, from Cheekye’s team of qualified instructors.

Cheekye Ranch also has two birthday packages to choose from: the 2 hour “Birthday Party Package” and 4 hour “Birthday Party & Pony Ride”. Both packages include a tour of the ranch, an introduction and time with the horses, and a a mini grooming/horsemanship lesson, followed by snacks and cake.

Just feet from the Cheakamus River, tucked into the forest, Cheekye Ranch’s yurts provide the perfect wilderness getaway, with horseback riding, leisurely strolls along the dyke and designated fire pits on the riverbank. The 24′ glamping yurts have running water and electricity, with a woods feel. Each yurt has a queen size bed, a sleeping loft with two twin beds and a hide-a-bed, sleeping up to 6 people. There’s a living room area, kitchen, BBQ on the deck for cooking and a full bathroom.

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Elevated Adventure at the Rope Runner Aerial Adventure Park

Enjoy spectacular views and outdoor adventure on this safe, supervised rope course. A full body harness and CLiC-iT Safety System are provided, with instructions and a demonstration. Visitors are continuously attached to the safety cable at all times. There are 50 elements of varying difficulties, with no set course. Guests can explore the park at their own pace and comfort level. The minimum child height is 49″ (125cm). Closed toe shoes must be worn. Anyone under 19 years of age must have a consenting parent or legal guardian sign a release of liability waiver.

The park is popular with families, birthday parties, team building activities, or something unique to do for bachelor or bachelorette parties. For birthday parties, Rope Runner offers a safe outdoor adventure. Enjoy up to 2 hours on the rope course. A covered reserved party area is included for the duration of your session.

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Ride the Sea to Sky Gondola

The ride up to the summit usually provides spectacular views of Howe Sound, Shannon Falls, the lush coastal forest, the Stawamus Chief climbing area and other surrounding mountains. At the top there are two different interpretive loop walking trails featuring cantilevered viewing platforms. Other attractions include the Sky Pilot Suspension Bridge and numerous hiking trails. Over 100 events are hosted at the summit each year. We hope to have good news about the gondola’s reopening in the near future.

The Basecamp Cafe is open, and is serving hot coffee, sandwiches and soups. The Sea to Sky Gondola Gift Shop offers a selection of outerwear, customs prints, gift items, and many items.

Due to an act of vandalism on September 14th, 2020, the gondola is currently closed.

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Experience Squamish’s New Disney-like attraction BOOM! at the Britannia Mine Museum

Britannia Mine Museum offers an immersive historical experience. The 10-acre site includes guided underground tours and self-led exploration of the social history of Britannia Beach. The underground train takes you into an early haulage tunnel, to discover what it was like to be a copper miner, with demonstrations of actual working drills. The museum’s new Disney-like attraction BOOM! will introduce your family to the story, sights and sounds behind the architectural marvel, Mill No. 3. You’ll discover first-hand the historic Mill’s purpose, the giant machines that made it work, and the thunderous roar of a working mill.

Other attractions include a mineral gallery, gold panning pavilion, foundations exhibit, giant haul truck, the Beaty Lundin Visitor Centre, heritage building, the award-winning “Groundbreaking” film, historical buildings and artefacts and a gift shop.

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Get Up Close and Personal with Historic Locomotives at West Coast Railway Heritage Park

Enjoy a ride on the Canadian Pacific F unit #4069 big train, mini-rail train and a track speeder. The mini-rail ride covers over 2km of track in 20 minutes. It departs from Silver Fox or Twin Cedars, the route makes it’s way to Wilkie Station and the seasonal Garden Railroad, and then all the way around to Mason Station.

Climb aboard the locomotives and get an engineers’ view from the cab. The crown jewel of the museum’s collection is the 2860, one of 65 ‘Hudson’ type 4-6-4 steam locomotives built for the CPR. The Canadian Pacific Railway Royal Hudson 2860 was finished in June, 1940. Other features include the Canadian Pacific 4069 passenger locomotive and vintage CP passenger cars, Pacific Great Eastern 561 freight locomotive, Pullman Spirit observation car, BC Rail Budd diesel rail car BC-21, Canadian National 6520 FP9A diesel passenger locomotive, Canadian Pacific 6503 S3 switcher, the new Henry Pickering open observation car, CPR No. 8 Alberta business car and Pacific Great Eastern 2-6-2ST steam locomotive.

There are food services and a picnic area. Open every Saturday, all summer.

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Save 50% on Family Day 2018 at Sea To Sky Gondola

Save 50% on Family Day 2018 at Sea To Sky Gondola

From February 10 to February 12, 2018, Sea To Sky Gondola will help families celebrate with their annual Family Day weekend.

Over the holiday weekend, the Sea to Sky Gondola is one of the venues that will host activities all weekend long. Located in Squamish, British Columbia at 36800 Highway 99, Sea to Sky Gondola is just two kilometres south of Squamish and roughly an hour’s drive from downtown Vancouver. Attractions include the Gondola ride, hiking trails, free optional guided tours, a suspension bridge and breathtaking views of Howe Sound and the Squamish Valley.

The Gondola ride takes about 10 minutes and ascends about 850 metres with a spectacular view of the landscape below. A number of family-friendly trails await visitors. The 1.6 kilometre Panorama and Wonderland Lake Loop trail carries you along the most scenic paths and leads to the most breathtaking views over Squamish Valley. If you’re not up for a hike, enjoy the impressive views anyway, from the suspension bridge. Get to know more about the local history and natural environment on a free guided tour that carries visitors along the 400 metre long Spirit Trail.

On Family Day, the Sea to Sky Gondola will be offering additional activities to partake in. In celebration of the holiday, admissions will be half price for the entire weekend! Entry to the Sea to Sky is usually $40 (adults), $38 (seniors), $25 (13-18 years), $14 (6-12 years) and free for children under five. With a 50 percent discount, the whole family can enjoy the Gondola experience twice over, or engage in the #AdventureByNature experience, specially organized for the weekend. Important to note is that the Family Day discount is applicable to individual ticket purchases only, and excludes family tickets.

#AdventureByNature at Sea to Sky Gondola will be buzzing with activities over the weekend. Families can come explore the snowshoe trails on a guided tour. This tour takes visitors through a majestic sub-alpine forest, leading to a lookout platform above the legendary Stawamus Chief, Howe Sound, and the Squamish Valley. If solitude, breathtaking views, crisp mountain air and snow laden forests awaken your senses, try snowshoeing and escape into Sea to Sky’s winter wonderland. The trail is accessible to experienced snowshoers and first-timers.

Another exciting family experience is good old fashioned tubing. About five minutes away from the Summit Lodge, the tube park delivers sliding fun for all ages. They also offer hot beverages, or a winter stew, before returning to the base. After having a memorable time tubing, families can enjoy S’mores and family time around the outdoor bonfire, or refuel with a meal. For the children, Sea to Sky will have face painting and retail discounts on The North Face children’s clothing. Come see an old fashioned Canadian sugar shack and/or relax to live music, plus so much more!

This year’s Family Day, at the Sea to Sky Gondola, will be chock full of things to do and see, from February 10th through 12th. Join in on the celebrations and create memories as a family. Tickets purchased for the #AdventureByNature experienceare valid until day end, February 12, 2018. For more information, call 604-892-2551 or visit

Enjoy BC Family Day at the Britannia Mine Museum This Year

Enjoy BC Family Day at the Britannia Mine Museum This Year

Monday, February 12th, Britannia Mine Museum will be offering 50% off admission, to celebrate BC Family Day. There will be 45-minute guided tours offered throughout the day.

Britannia Mine Museum is a National Historic Site and internationally recognized tourist and educational destination, located on the Sea to Sky Highway, between Vancouver and Whistler. It provides an insight into the  112-year history of the Britannia Beach community, and encourages mining awareness through experiential educational programs, exhibits and entertaining events. You will not only enjoy the exhibits and engaging favourites like the underground mine train, the historic 20-storey concentrator mill and gold panning, but can also learn about Britannia’s history as one of the most productive copper mines in the British Commonwealth in the 1930s.

The underground mine and train ride take you deep inside a mining tunnel, where you can experience what it was like to mine back in 1914. You’ll learn about the drills and machines the miners used and gain an understanding of the mineralization process, and rich colours produced as minerals are exposed to water and air. The historic mill building is one of the last remaining gravity-fed concentrator mills in North America. The 20-storey building has been the symbol of Britannia over the years, perched upon a cliff overlooking Howe Sound, and was restored in 2007. The Beaty-Lundin Visitor Centre houses several theatrical mining displays, a gift shop and mineral gallery.

The 1908 machine shop displays a number of historic machines and pieces of equipment donated by mining companies from across the country. The core sheds are an immense archive of rock core samples, drilled from the mountainside, collected over the mining years in Britannia. And don’t miss the Gold Panning Pavilion, always a big hit with the family; a scenic boardwalk and cedar-post covered area where kids can spend hours panning for real gold, or visit the restored heritage buildings nearby. The Britannia Mine Museum is open sevan days a week from 9:00am to 5pm, with guided tours until 3:00.

Note: If you live in Furry Creek, Britannia Beach, Squamish or Whistler, you can enjoy Britannia Mine Museum’s Sea to Sky special. Show your driver’s license (or other proof of address) and receive 50% off admission Saturday the 10th, Sunday the 11th and Monday the 12th.