There’s no question that B.C.’s vast and almost endless landscape of forests, trees, lakes and oceans are full of fun and wonder for everyone who lives here and visits—“Supernatural British Columbia,” as they say—because, after all, that’s part of the reason lots of people come.
However, the steep rock faces, adrenaline-filled trails and double-black diamonds can be, and should be, intimidating to a certain degree. Not only can some of B.C.’s activities intimidate, some can be inaccessible to people who are just unable to participate, for whatever reason.
Which is why Squamish is so great. Squamish has a lot of fun things that everyone can do. And we’re not talking about sitting inside and playing cards, these activities all involve the outdoors, local community and everything else that makes Squamish awesome.
Sea to Sky Gondola
First up is the Sea to Sky Gondola. The year-round gondola is located between Shannon Falls and the Stawamus Chief, a very short drive (minutes) from Squamish. After a mellow ride to the top, which overlooks Howe Sound, visitors can check out a cafeteria and shop, the restaurant, or a series of easily walk-able trails. Plus, there is a glass-floor overhang and a suspension bridge that both offer beautiful views and memorable photo ops.
You can also hike up the Chief’s trail towards the gondola, finishing your trek with a relaxing ride down, or in the wintertime, using the gondola to access backcountry slopes.
Another way to get the lay of the land is by bike. There are some easily accessible mountain biking trails—some of the best in the world—that everyone can enjoy. A trail named Full Nelson at Diamond Head is a smart place to start, as it is a trail suitable for all levels while the Wonderland track is perfect for people looking to get started in the sport.
Craft beer has taken over and things are no different in Squamish. Backcountry Brewing, A Frame Brewing Co., and Howe Sound Brewing are all located in Squamish and offer up award-winning beer, welcoming tasting rooms along with some good eats. You can also tack on a visit to Gillespie’s Fine Spirits and Northyards Cider Co., to try something different and round out your tour!
Hire a Guide
The best way to break down the barriers of trying rock climbing or backcountry skiing is by hiring a guide. Sometimes all it takes is a really knowledgeable and kind instructor to teach you that you can do it. The people at Altus Mountain Guides are just that—experienced and certified guides that will help anyone and everyone looking to get outside.
Last, but not least, one of the best ways to experience Squamish and learn all about it is through the locals. The people of Squamish are some of the best guides around and will be able to tell you who, what, where, when and why to go. And that’s where we can come in. Black Tusk Realty agents would be happy to point you in the right direction, feel free to get in touch anytime!