As warmer temperatures settle in and longer daylight arrives, snow melts, expanding Squamish’s vast playground giving families plenty of activities to choose from for an action-packed Spring Break visit.
Without digging too deep into the family holiday budget, the region has something for everyone. Small or big kids needing a jolt of adrenaline, avid hikers or contemplative wilderness lovers, mountain bikers, foodies or parents simply wanting to visit local attractions with younger kids.
Buckle the kids in the back seat and hit the road. In less than an hour’s drive from Vancouver along the scenic Sea to Sky Highway, families will have one of the best Spring Break holidays ever!
To help plan a perfect Squamish family micro adventure, here’s a winning kids friendly activity list to study and suggested family trip itineraries that will save time parents may not have to plot as much as they would like.
“The secret is out, Squamish is booming and visitors keep coming back for more. Every Spring Break we see familiar and new faces around town and there is a reason for it. Squamish is by far the best hassle free, affordable family holiday destination in the region!” says Lesley Weeks, Executive Director, Tourism Squamish.
Top 5 Squamish Activities
1. Explore Squamish’s attractions, like a local. Visit the Sea to Sky Gondola. The newest attraction in the region that recently welcomed its million visitor. The 10-minute Gondola ride is something kids love. It elevates visitors 885 meters above sea level and offers the best views of the Howe Sound. There is plenty to do on site: suspension bridge, walking and hiking trails, Via Ferrata, snowshoeing, tubing park and the Summit Lodge with its viewing deck. The Britannia Mine Museum with its National Historic site and interactive exhibition is a family favorite along with the Westcoast Railway Heritage Park, home of the Royal Hudson steam train and the largest collection of railway roiling stock in Western Canada.
2. Let it rip on the endless mountain bike trail system. Rent a bike or bring your own, hire a guide or go solo, the terrain has what it takes to deliver a world-class experience. Local operators can also help. Biking with kids? Check out these kid friendly favourites
3. Take a hike. Explore on foot through one of our many hiking trails along rivers, lakes, through ancient rainforests and mountainous terrain. Start by hiking the iconic Stawamus Chief. One of the top picks for families is the 4 Lakes Trail located at Alice Lake Provincial Park amongst many others.
4. Bond with locals while pleasing your taste buds in the recently opened restaurants or craft brewery. Kids enjoy fresh baked pretzels while parents make friends with the newest craft brew master at A Frame Brewery. Located in the heart of historic Squamish The Salted Vine Kitchen & Bar offers an upscale dinning experience in the unique modern-country farmhouse décor. Foodies will appreciate the freshness of the local ingredients featured in the contemporary and inspired taste of the Pacific Northwest menu. Others options that are kid friendly are Locavore Food Truck, Copper Coil Still & Grill and Fergie’s Café.
5. Stay at one of many gem properties in and around Squamish. Many don’t like sharing the secret but the Olympic Cabins at Porteau Cove are the ultimate Howe Sound oceanfront log home experience. SunWolf Resort with its self-contained riverside cabins and the most famous breakfast eatery on the premises. The Executive Suites Resort and Sandman Hotel offer a more luxurious lodging experience and both have pools and hot tubs to enjoy.