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Top 10 Winter Activities in Squamish

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For a time Squamish was just seen as the “stopping off” place on the way to Whistler, but that time is long gone. There is so much on offer all year round in Squamish, and winter is no different.

Whether you’re a local or just stopping by you’ll be sure to find something you enjoy. To help you decide what to do, we asked our agents for their favourite winter activities in Squamish. Here’s what they said:

  1. Hiking

Unlike further north there is still plenty of hiking to be had in Squamish after the snow starts to fall. You may have to stick to some of the lower elevations, but the area is full of great hikes to enjoy throughout the year.

  1. Biking

Like with hiking, stick to lower elevations and you can bask in the glory of some of the world’s best mountain bike trails. With the chill in the air, you may even have them all to yourself!

  1. Eagle watching

Brackendale is home to one of North America’s largest gatherings of winter-nesting bald eagles. It is a bird watchers paradise.

Peak eagle viewing takes place from mid-December to mid-January. For the best views, book yourself an eagle viewing float tour.

  1. Farmer’s market

Starting in November, and continuing every alternate Saturday throughout the winter, the Squamish Farmer’s Market should not be missed. Find everything from organic produce to arts and crafts.

  1. Gondola

The Sea-to-Sky Gondola is now one of the biggest draws to the area. Take the ride during winter and you will be treated to a wonderland you will never have previously had access to.

  1. Ice climbing

Squamish is famous for its climbing during the warmer months. Visitors come from all over the world to try out the famous Chief and surrounding bouldering. But in winter you can also try your hand at ice climbing with various tours.

  1. Snowshoeing

Is hiking at lower elevations not cutting it for you? Strap on your snowshoes and take on some of the higher trails. Squamish offers a huge number of snowshoe trails in the area that really are breath-taking.

  1. Water sports

It may be cold, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get out on the Howe Sound. Take out a boat or kayak and you will be treated to some incredible views from the calm waters.

  1. Fishing

Squamish is known to have some world-class fishing and winter brings more species to the area – check out more information HERE.

  1. Backcountry

It wouldn’t be winter without a little snow! There are so many options in Squamish for getting your fill of the white stuff.

From backcountry skiing, to sledding, heli-skiing and snowmobiling, the mountains around Squamish have you covered. And if that wasn’t enough you can always take the short drive to Whistler, North America’s number one ski resort!