5 Things to do this Fall in Squamish

(August 25, 2015 )


Fall is a beautiful time in Squamish. Shorter days, and perhaps a little rain, but there are some great things to do!

1.Sea to Sky Gondola 

A 10 minute gondola ride to 885m above sea level.The ride up to the summit provides sweeping views of Howe Sound, the majestic coastal forest and surrounding mountains.  Once at the top, many other adventures await. You will have access to a wide array of outdoor experiences including two different interpretive loop walking trails with cantilevered viewing platforms, the spectacular Sky Pilot Suspension Bridge, numerous hiking trails, rock climbing, access trails to backcountry routes and much more.

2. Fall Farmer’s Market/Brackendale Fall Fair

The Summer Market begins on May 2nd, and runs every Saturday until October 31st. The Summer Market runs from 10am to 3pm and takes place downtown Squamish, at the corner of Cleveland Ave at Victoria St. The Brackendale Fall Fair takes place on September 12th from 10am to 5pm at the Brackendale Farmers Institute Park on Government Road between the Brackendale Art Gallery and Brackendale Elementary.

3. Hiking, Walking and Riding

Even when the weather gets chilly the enormous network of trails are a popular place to be on a rainy or sunny day. If you’re on foot, check out the Oceanfront Trail, Alice Lake, the Squamish Estuary, Shannon Falls, or the Stawamus Chief for a great hike and great views. Or if you prefer a view from the seat of your bike, Squamish has some of the best mountain bike trails on the continent. Ask a local about where to go at Tantalus Bike Shop or Corsa Cycles.You can buy the Squamish bike and trail map at the Squamish Adventure Centre.

4. Eagle Watching

The gathering of wintering bald eagles in Brackendale is one of the most awe-inspiring natural phenomena you can see in Western Canada. Attracted by the spawning salmon, the eagles return to the area from November to February. While you can spy the majestic, metre-tall predators feeding on chum salmon from the banks of the Squamish River, on a self-guided eagle-viewing tour in Brackendale, you can also take a guided eagle safari by raft, you’re sure to see some spectacular scenery and many of the world famous North American Bald Eagles.

5. History

Just south of Squamish visit the Britannia Mining Museum to get a taste of life as a copper miner in the early 1900s; or tour the West Coast Railway Heritage Park in Squamish to learn about life on the railways of British Columbia.
Visit the Squamish Adventure Centre to learn about all of these activities and find out more about visiting and living in Squamish.