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.
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.
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.
Art Battle® is coming to Squamish! You’re invited to watch the paint fly before your eyes as artists in Art Battle Squamish race against the clock in 3 fast-paced rounds. Or consider becoming a featured artist by applying at artbattle.com/artists. Due to the subject matter in some of the paintings, Art Battle Squamish is 19+.
Art Battle® is a live painting tournament that showcases local artists, and will connect Squamish with towns and cities around the world. Each artist receives a blank canvas and is given 20 minutes to transform it into a beautiful work of art. The medium is acrylic paint, and allowable tools are brushes, palette knives or any non-mechanical implements. As the artists work, patrons will move around the easels, carefully watching the process. At the end of each round, the audience votes for their favourite painting. There’s a silent auction and the highest bidders are able to take their paintings home.
Art Battle Squamish will be held Friday, January 31st at Zephyr Café, on 38084 Cleveland Avenue, Squamish, from 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm. Doors open at 6:40, and the painting is scheduled to begin at 7:30.
Tickets are available from Eventbrite.com. General admission is $25.00, and early bird tickets are only $20.00.
The operators of Sea to Sky Gondola will be reopening the gondola lift several weeks ahead of schedule, for Valentine’s Day and Family Day. The event will be held from Friday, February 14 through Monday, February 17, 2020; 10am – 4pm. The last ride down will be at 5:00pm. Sea to Sky Gondola is just two kilometres south of Squamish and roughly an hour’s drive from downtown Vancouver. There is a daily Shuttle from Vancouver. Attractions include the Gondola ride, hiking trails, free optional guided tours, a suspension bridge and views from the observation deck.
Why are the re-opening? The gondola lift came crashing down to the ground on August 10th 2019, when the haul cable was intentionally cut by vandals. Thirty replacement cabins and a 4.4-kilometre long haul cable were shipped from Europe and installed, and final safety inspections by Technical Safety BC are to be carried out during the first week of February. Sea to Sky Gondola’s general manager Kirby Brown has said that additional state-of-the-art security measures installed since the August incident will “ensure the gondola is secure and protected from any other criminal activity. We want our guests to know they can travel to the summit on the Sea to Sky Gondola with complete confidence.”
The ten-minute ride carries passengers to an elevation of 885 metres, with spectacular views of Howe Sound, the surrounding mountains and Squamish Valley. There’s a full weekend of family fun planned again this year, with snowshoe rentals, tubing and an outdoor bonfire.
50% off day tickets all weekend long! To receive the 50% off rate, tickets must be purchased at the ticket window. This offer excludes family ticket, ride-down-only tickets and tickets purchased online.
Brackendale has become known as the World Eagle Capital. In 1994 the world record count of 3,769 wintering American Bald Eagles was recorded. Each year, the Brackendale Winter Eagle Count is carried out by trained volunteers. During the count day, visitors are welcome to go into the park and view the eagles, and enjoy the amenities of the Brackendale Art Gallery, as the count results are returned and tallied throughout the day.
The 2019 – 2020 EagleWatch program runs from November 9 through January. Each year volunteer interpreters share their knowledge and love of bald eagles with people from around the world. Eagle Run dike is an accessible site, with a ramp on the south end.
Half day outings are offered by Squamish Rafting Company, from October through April. Anyone interested in eagle watching and the spawning salmon that attract the eagles to the river is sure to enjoy the Wilderness & Eagle Viewing Float. A hearty restaurant-style bowl of chilli is served, with hot beverages.
Saturday, December 7th, the Artisan Craft Market will be held from 10:00am until 5:00pm. Handmade holiday gifts are always a great way to add a little holiday magic into the season’s preparations. This traditional craft market is always bustling before Christmas, with an excellent selection of local vendors. Custom crafted gift items this year will include aromatherapy, cacao products, felt wool and silks, photography, pottery, rattles and spiritual tools, and much more.
Sweet bread and spiced cider will be available with a cash donation to the Squamish Food Bank. And a menu of beet borscht, salmon bisque, homemade bread and pastries, wine, beer and espresso coffees will be available all day.
Brackendale Art Gallery is located at 11950 Government Road. For more information visit the Brackendale Art Gallery website.