The Top 6 Things to See and Do in Squamish, British Columbia

There's no shortage of things to do in the “Adventure capital of Canada”.

Hike the Stawamus Chief

There are two options; the hike to first peak, or the hike to second and third peak. First Peak brings you to an epic view over Sqawmish, the Sea to Sky, and the Pacific Ocean. It is a perfect hike for those looking to do a quick day hike, and is far enough out of the city that it doesn’t get too busy. Be aware that on weekends, that might be a different story. Try to get there early, especially in the summer and you can beat the heat.

Take a Stroll along Oceanfront Loop

This trail provides a break from the tourists of Squamish, as well as a beautiful different view. You'll often have kiteboarders and boats to watch as you stroll along the water.

Hike (or backpack) to Elfin Lakes

Elfin Lakes can be done as a long-ish day hike (13.7 miles), or as a backpacking trip. You can also book spots at the Elfin Lakes Hut, which sleeps up to 33 people. The views here are sure not to disappoint, and if you're staying the night you'll be in for a treat at sunset.

Hike the Panorama Trail

This walk, accessed from the top of the Sea-to-Sky gondola. takes you through a beautiful forest along some wooden bridges, as well as a viewing platform that overlooks the ocean and surrounding mountains. It's a short loop, only a mile, but boasts some incredible panoramas (as expected of the name!).

Hike Al's Habrich Trail

This is another great trail accessed from the Sea-to-Sky Gondola. The views of the Howe Sound are unreal all the way up, as well as the occasional waterfall during the summer months.  


Hike and Camp at Garibaldi Lake

A bit north of Squamish, Garibalidi is a popular day hike in the Sea-to-Sky corridor. It's a solid day at 20km round trip, but the lake is worth the hype. Expect big mountains, pristine water, and gorgeous scenery. If you're up for it, you can try to do Black Tusk or Panorama Ridge in a (big) day, or book one of the campsites at Garibaldi Lake to make things a bit more manageable.

We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on. Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

Kyle FrostAdmin

Wearer of many hats at The Outbound Collective. I'm @kylefrost pretty much everywhere.