What to do and see in Squamish, British Columbia: The Best Places and Tips

Discover the best top things to do in Squamish, Canada including Sea to Sky Gondola, Shannon Falls Provincial Park, Stawamus Chief Park, Alice Lake Provincial Park, Garibaldi Provincial Park, Porteau Cove Provincial Park, Squamish Adventure Centre, West Coast Railway Heritage Park, Gillespie's Fine Spirits, Squamish Estuary.

1. Sea to Sky Gondola

36800 Highway 99, Squamish, British Columbia V8B 0B6, Canada Transportation, Tramways
Excellent
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4.5 based on 1928 reviews

Sea to Sky Gondola

The Sea to Sky Gondola experience starts at the base area. There is short-term parking, washrooms, a cafe with both indoor and outdoor seating, a children's play area, ticketing/guest services, and a gift shop. Your adventure starts with the ten-minute gondola ride to 885m above sea level. The ride up provides sweeping views of Howe Sound, the majestic coastal forest, and surrounding mountains. Once at the top, many adventures await. Guests have access to a wide array of outdoor experiences including the spectacular Sky Pilot Suspension Bridge, two easy, interpretive loop trails with viewing platforms, numerous hiking trails, rock climbing, snowshoeing, backcountry access and much more. In addition to the outdoor experiences, the Summit Lodge will provides opportunity for cultural exhibits, events, signature dining, or simply a chance for friends to share a refreshment after a day of adventure in nature.

Reviewed By crichtos - Kelowna, CanadaKelowna, Canada

Perfect thing to do on a lovely day

Riding the gondola is the perfect thing to do on a lovely day. Otherwise, it could be not so nice. The views from the gondola are amazing and the trails are well marked and groomed. The lodge is delightful and welcoming. There are lots of fun things to do

2. Shannon Falls Provincial Park

Squamish, British Columbia V0N 1H0, Canada Nature & Parks, National Parks, Waterfalls
Excellent
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4.5 based on 1052 reviews

Shannon Falls Provincial Park

Beautiful waterfalls just outside of Squamish, easily accessible off the Sea to Sky Highway.

Reviewed By adami441 - London, United KingdomLondon, United Kingdom

All you need to know

Good bits- Ample parking- Easily accessible from Squamish- Free to enter, park and use trails - Amazing waterfall- Only 4-5 minute walk from the car park to the first view pointBad bits- Both viewpoints do not give the clearest view of the falls. That sai

3. Stawamus Chief Park

Squamish, British Columbia, Canada Nature & Parks, Mountains
Excellent
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5 based on 301 reviews

Stawamus Chief Park

Reviewed By a12e24 - Shepperton, United KingdomShepperton, United Kingdom

Very steep climb

Myself and girlfriend attempted the first peak. I can say it was incredibly hard work, with a steep non stop climb. Much of it on steps or rocks. There is a half way point where you can stop and get some views while you have a rest. Nice view from the top

4. Alice Lake Provincial Park

Highway 99 | (13 kilometers north of Squamish), Squamish, British Columbia V0N 3G0, Canada Nature & Parks, State Parks
Excellent
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4.5 based on 210 reviews

Alice Lake Provincial Park

This scenic park contains four lakes and is perfect for hiking and swimming.

Reviewed By DunningR - Maple Ridge, CanadaMaple Ridge, Canada

Close and Quiet

Close and Quiet - by that I mean it is close enough to Vancouver to get there without to much trouble, and far enough away to get that out of the city and into the great outdoors feeling. The Alice Lake Provincial campground is quiet and safe. The lake is

5. Garibaldi Provincial Park

1376 Depot Rd E, Brackendale, Squamish, British Columbia V0N 1H0, Canada Outdoor Activities, Nature & Parks, Bodies of Water, State Parks, Hiking Trails More
Excellent
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4.5 based on 165 reviews

Garibaldi Provincial Park

Garibaldi Provincial Park is a favorite destination of outdoor enthusiasts: it offers a range of hiking opportunities from lush alpine meadows, wildlife viewing opportunities, alpine flowers blooming in lush meadows, and hikes ranging from a few hours to a few days using map and compass. Garibaldi Park has an interesting geological background as it was created by volcanic action which created the formation of many of the parks peaks; the Black Tusk, Price Mountain, The Table, Mount Garibaldi, the CinderCone and the Glacier Pikes just to name a few. Lava from Clinker Peak is responsible for the creation of The Barrier. Behind this natural dam 300 metre deep Garibaldi Lake was formed.

Reviewed By RealTalk73 - Belo Horizonte, MGBelo Horizonte, MG

Panorama Ridge Hike

Did the Panorama Ridge hike (combined with stopping at Garibaldi Lake on the way down), in a single day. It's definitely doable if you're in decent shape. The trail is well marked and easy to follow. It's tiring but if you keep with it you'll be rewarded

6. Porteau Cove Provincial Park

Highway 99, Squamish, British Columbia, Canada Nature & Parks
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4 based on 205 reviews

Porteau Cove Provincial Park

Reviewed By undertaker01 - Newburyport, MassachusettsNewburyport, Massachusetts

Travelling the Sky Highway ... Just stop, worth it..... 15 minute break

If you're traveling the Sky Highway from Vancouver to Whistler or vice versa, then you should definitely pull over into the parking area. Why, numerous reasons, fantastic relaxing visuals of the mountains & lake, areas to just leisurely walk around to str

7. Squamish Adventure Centre

38551 Loggers Lane, Squamish, British Columbia V8B 0H2, Canada Traveler Resources, Visitor Centers
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4.5 based on 105 reviews

Squamish Adventure Centre

The Squamish Adventure Centre is located in the heart of Sea to Sky country, 40 minutes from downtown Vancouver and 40 minutes from Whistler. With breathtaking views of the Stawamus Chief, this unique venue is the perfect place to work, meet or play. You can find the following inside the Adventure Centre: -Visitor Information Centre -Tourism Squamish -The Squamish Store Gift Shop -Sea to Sky Adventure Company -Caffe Garibaldi -The Chamber of Commerce

Reviewed By sydette - Benson, ArizonaBenson, Arizona

Open & Airy

This center had a pleasant gift shop and cafe for pastries, coffee, etc...Didn't have much time in there to explore more being on a bus trip but what I saw was very nice quality of gifts. Thank you for your feedback. We're happy to hear you enjoyed your v

8. West Coast Railway Heritage Park

39645 Government Road, Squamish, British Columbia V8B 0B6, Canada Museums, History Museums
Excellent
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4 based on 232 reviews

West Coast Railway Heritage Park

Explore Western Canada's largest collection of heritage locomotives and railcars. The West Railway Heritage Park experience starts with free parking, washrooms, ticketing/guest service and a Gift Shop. Your self-guided tour will take you back in time through vintage railcars dating to 1890, building from the early 20th century and artifacts exhibits but also steam and diesel locomotives from the mid-century era. In addition to our outdoor experiences, the newly build 21000sq-ft Roundhouse can provide opportunities for events, conferences and is the home of one of BC best heritage steam locomotive the 2860 ROYAL HUDSON. Also available is our most popular attraction: the MINI RAIL. Take a 20 mins ride on our 3 km long tracks around the site, the whole family will love it!! The Heritage Park is the perfect place to wonder around beautiful restored heritage pieces for individuals, family and groups of all sizes and ages

Reviewed By JoshandAllie - Surrey, CanadaSurrey, Canada

Polar Express Customer Service

Seriously, after not contacting anybody that there was a derailment or giving any attempt to let people know, being told after driving hours in rainy weather ONCE WE ARRIVED, that we're out of luck and that we will get to go another day is unacceptable. T

9. Gillespie's Fine Spirits

8-38918 Progress Way, Squamish, British Columbia V8B 0K7, Canada Food & Drink, Distilleries
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5 based on 30 reviews

Gillespie's Fine Spirits

At the forefront for our visitors is our tasting room, but more importantly, our speakeasy style cocktail bar locally known as the G spot. We have proudly been awarded "Best Cocktail in Squamish" in 2017. Our lounge serves up primarily cocktails based on our spirits as we are also a craft distillery producing spirits from canadian grown grain and fruit. We offer non-alcoholic cocktail accompaniments in the way of drinking vinegars from our Boozewitch line. Our whiskey and brandy is currently aging away in barrels.

Reviewed By Nicola2005

Amazing cocktails..... we are still talking about them.

We were staying in a hotel very nearby and I looked on trip advisor to see what was nearby....... Gillespie's Fine spirits. We visited about 5 pm and walked into the amazing bar. Fab decor and amazing cocktail menu. The bar man was very friendly and knowl

10. Squamish Estuary

Squamish, British Columbia, Canada Nature & Parks, Nature & Wildlife Areas
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4.5 based on 34 reviews

Squamish Estuary

Reviewed By kristinb554 - Ottawa, CanadaOttawa, Canada

Beautiful Vistas

If you want a quiet picnic spot or a place to watch the kite surfers... this is it. Did not check out the trails but they looked well marked.

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