Squamish, BC: For the Weekend Warrior

Need a Quick Three-Day Weekend Refresher?
Grab your favorite adventure buddy
and check out Squamish, BC!

A Little planning and a lot of excitement involved!

The trip begins in your hometown, Bellingham, WA, where you will hop in your car and drive north for 95 miles to the adventurous town of Squamish, BC. You will cross the Canadian border, so remember to get up early to avoid traffic...and don’t forget your passport! Get on I-5 northbound and continue until you reach the border. Follow these driving directions from the border:

  • Bear right onto Highway 99 N
  • At exit 16, take ramp right for HWY-91 North toward New Westminster / North Delta
  • At exit 11, take ramp right for HWY-91A toward New Westminster
  • Take ramp for Marine Way West toward Burnaby
  • Keep straight onto Marine Way
  • Turn right onto Boundary Rd
  • Take ramp right and follow signs for HWY-1 West
  • Keep left onto Hwy-99 N / Sea To Sky Hwy
  • Road name changes to Hwy-99 S / Sea To Sky Hwy
  • Road name changes to Hwy-99 N / Sea To Sky Hwy
  • Turn left onto Cleveland Ave
  • Bear right onto Pemberton Ave
  • Bear left onto 2nd Ave
  • Arrive at Squamish, British Columbia, Canada
  • The last intersection is Victoria St. If you reach Main St, you've gone too far.
  • Squamish, British Columbia, Canada

Day one inspiration

Once you arrive in Squamish, you’ll need to make your way to Eagle Vista RV Resort & Campground where you will be spending two nights and be based out of for the entire trip. After you check in to the campground, you’ll be ready to start exploring all that Squamish has to offer. First thing to do is to find some lunch to fuel up for the afternoon. The Spice Root Kitchen and Bar has quite a delicious menu that reflects on the major Asian influence that the west coast of BC has to offer. After a bite to eat, a great way to ease into the Squamish way of life is to visit one of its most popular roadside parks. Murrin Park is just off of Highway 99 and offers a few different activities. The lake at Murrin Park may be a bit cold this time of year, but if you bring some tennis shoes or rock climbing shoes there is a fun and friendly bouldering area where you can attempt to hone your skills on the rock. After you’re done at the park, move a bit further south down Highway 99 and take the famous mine tour at the Britannia Mine. This old-time mine has underground tours and fun panning-for-gold activities that anyone can do. After the mine tour, go pick up groceries at the local grocery (Nester’s) and head back to the campsite for a dinner cooked over the fire and a peaceful winddown to a busy first day.

day two inspiration

The morning of your second day may begin with breakfast and coffee at the famous and locally sourced Fergie’s Cafe. If the weather is nice, enjoy your meal on the sun deck, or cozy up by the fire inside on a cooler day. After breakfast, it may be a good day for some outdoor adventures. Pack a lunch and go for a hike! The Four Lakes Trail is an easily-accessible area with an array of activities to partake in. From the parking lot, head toward the beach to find The Four Lakes trailhead. On this hike you can cater to your more adventurous side and have lunch with some breathtaking views of the Squamish River and the Tantalus Range. Do not forget your fishing pole because you can fish in any of the four freshwater lakes. If fishing is not on your agenda, maybe just go for a swim! If you would like a more low-key adventure, take the Alice Lake Loop for a family stroll. Either way, make sure to catch the sunset at Smoke Bluff’s Viewpoint! For dinner, you can enjoy some local beer and food at the Howe Sound Inn and Brewing Company.

day three inspiration

On the last day of your adventure, visit the adorable On the Farm Country Market for your breakfast to go. Then hit the Sea to Sky Highway (the highway you came in on). For the final day of your microadventure, starting the day with a bang in the Sea to Sky Gondola may be just the ticket! This gondola takes you to access some of the most beautiful outdoor adventuring, with world-renowned snowshoeing, alpine walking, and exploring. This would be a great way to explore for the morning and into the evening. You do not want to sell yourself short on this experience, so spend the day exploring. You are only an hour-and-a-half from home. If this does not appeal to you, then explore Squamish’s pristine lakes and rivers via stand up paddle board. Kayaks and canoes are available as well.

Squamish has something to offer for whatever mood you are in! There is so much adventure to be had. Wear yourself out and then enjoy the beautiful drive home.