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Christmas is here and you want to get out!

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What to do? What to do?  Lots actually 1. Try some cross country skiing at Brandywine Falls just 20 mins North of Squamish.  I didn’t know there was Nordic skiing there, but here is the description.

Brandywine Falls Provincial Park – 20 minutes north of Squamish
Skiers looking for a rewarding, but short trek should stop by Brandywine Falls Provincial Park and cut their own path to Swim Lake from the parking lot. Just follow the summer hiking trail markings for a 2km lakeside, scenic journey to the falls and back through breathtaking and silent, old-growth forest. Crossing the bridge over Brandywine Creek is an adventure in itself, especially if the snowpack is so deep that you ski at the same height as the top railing. Pause in the shelter of a cedar grove at lakeside to admire the Black Tusk, gone white with snow. From there, retrace your tracks to Brandywine Creek and head along the trail to the falls. Cross the BC Rail tracks and ski a short distance to the observation platform beside Brandywine Falls. In winter, the sound of Brandywine Creek tumbling onto the exposed boulders below is remarkably similar to that of a jet streaking high in the sky above. All this glory, and you may even have the place to yourself.

Who knew. I did however know about the other option, Callaghan Valley  or the Olympic Park just 30 mins north of Squamish.  There is cross country skiing, snow shoeing and some biathlon to be had there. 2. Snow shoeing.  Try heading up to Garibaldi Provincial Park – Diamond Head area.  There is bound to be lots of snow and good snow shoeing. 3. Squamish Winter Market at the CN Roundhouse convention centre is on December 23rd from 10am to 4pm. 4. Just go for a walk and check out the Eagles.  Peak bald eagle viewing is from mid-December to mid-January. The main “Eagle Run Park” viewing facility is located on the municipal dyke, across from the Easter Seal Camp on Government Road in Brackendale. Exit Highway 99 at Mamquam Road and head north on Government Road to the bald eagle viewing area. An interpretive display explains the eagles and salmon life cycle.

One way or the other, you can get out and enjoy.

Come by the office for a visit, just don’t drop by on  the 24th, 25th, 26th and the 1st because we will be closed. Merry Christmas!