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5 reasons to make Squamish your number one day trip

5 reasons to make Squamish your number one day trip

Gillespies Fine Spirits

Gillespies Fine Spirits

Brewery tours

A craft beer lover’s trip to Squamish is not complete without sampling some of Howe Sound Brewing’s award-winning ales (free brewery tours hosted daily at 1 p.m.) Squamish’s thriving craft beer scene also includes the newly opened A Frame Brewing, the soon to open Backcountry Brewing and the craft distillery Gillespies Fine Spirits whose handcrafted Sin Gin, Limoncello, Aphro and Gastown Shine are worth giving a sip.

Dinner al Fresco. Photo: Rebecca Bundschuh

Dinner al Fresco. Photo: Rebecca Bundschuh

Fergie’s Cafe

You may recalls we held last summer's Dinner Al Fresco long table dinner at Fergie’s Cafe, a cozy local hotspot nestled in Paradise Valley with the best bennies in town. Sit on the sunny deck, give the tire swing a few rounds and check out the recently added indoor dining space.

Sea to Sky Gondola

Sea to Sky Gondola

Fresh air

When the mountains are calling, Squamish answers. Here are a few ways to relax, recharge and reconnect with nature: 

Cross the 400 metre Sky Pilot suspension bridge at the Sea to Sky Gondola.

Pack a picnic and head to Shannon Falls.

Catch a waterfront sunset Porteau Cove.

Take a stroll through along Squamish’s waterfront.

Downtown Squamish

Downtown Squamish

Cleveland Avenue

Downtown Squamish has a handful of thrift and second-hand shops, bakeries and cafes, vegan eats, artisan chocolates, boutiques. fresh flowers, vinyl and vintage finds all within a few short blocks. Grab a coffee or cold-pressed juice and go for a stroll.

Photo: Tara O'Grady

Photo: Tara O'Grady

Refresh Market

Refresh Market, one of B.C.’s largest indie markets, takes place in Squamish just twice a year with 100 handpicked vendors, each offering a range of locally made and designed wares. Shop the edited selection of handmade ceramics, clothing, jewelry, dry goods, vintage and artisan foods on Friday, April 28 from 4 to 9 p.m. and Saturday, April 29 from 10 to 4 p.m. and stock up on local items you can feel good about buying. Early bird tickets are on sale now. 

Maker Profile: Leanne McElroy of NOMAD by Elroy

Maker Profile: Leanne McElroy of NOMAD by Elroy

Ceramic artist lineup at Refresh Market

Ceramic artist lineup at Refresh Market