What do you do once you have the camping stuff, the golf clubs and the summer tires in the shed? Read on!
As we watch the changing of the seasons in Sea to Sky country, we embrace the change with a feeling of sadness as we say goodbye to summer. And the excitement builds as we line up our Edge cards and get our skis and boards ready for the coming winter.
Here are 10 awesome ideas to fill shoulder season downtime between biking and skiing.
1) Indoor Axe Throwing
The longer we live here in this region, the cooler Squamish gets. This is a new indoor sport that is somewhat self-explanatory. However, we still do a double take every time we hear about it. This is a national franchise that is taking the Canada and the US by storm. Grow a beard, don the lumberjack shirt and throw for bragging rights. (Makes bowling seem so 1976 doesn’t it?) Open until 12- 9pm daily at 39002 Discovery Way #147, Squamish https://batlgrounds.com/
2) Hike To The Graffiti Train Wreck
Back in the 50’s there was a train derailment just south of Whistler near the Sea to Sky highway. The owners of the nearby land used heavy equipment to drag the trains off the track to help clear the way and there the wreck sits. Since then the area has become a favorite site for street artists who paint over the train cars. It’s also a short drive away from Squamish and Whistler. You’ll enjoy the short hike through the coastal rainforest to discover hidden art treasures!
If you like street art, this is a great outing on a crisp fall day. Learn about the backstory of this hidden gem here.
3) Visit The Tenderfoot Fish Hatchery
View the cycle of life in real time. This facility operated by Fisheries and Oceans offers a self-guided tour and you can view a variety of salmonid species preparing for the wild. The venue also offers a quick uphill hike to the top of the valley if you want some exercise.
4) Go Sea Kayaking In The Squamish Estuary
Paddling through the Squamish estuary is possible at most times of the year, weather permitting. Check the tide tables and the weather and consult an expert before you go. You can view herons, bald eagles, seals, and salmon close up and personal. You can launch your boat at a number of places near the Spit or the access road to Squamish Terminals or at the Squamish Marina. Rain really doesn’t affect this experience at all, so it’s great for this time of year!
You can rent kayaks at http://www.seatoskyadventurecompany.com/index.html and
SUPS at Valhalla Pure http://www.squamishgear.com/site/
5) Go Mini Golfing At Whistle Punk Hollow
If the weather permits, you can grab your pals and a hot chocolate before you go and visit this unique and family-friendly activity in Squamish on the weekends.
6) Rainy Day Retreats
This is a great place to get lost on a rainy Sea To Sky day. This is one of the few places in this region you can easily sample First Nations food. Gain insight into this incredibly interesting and rich cultural history.
The offseason is the perfect time for locals to head underground and learn about some regional history. They have a very active Halloween program and you can expect a helicopter visit from Santa in December. https://www.britanniaminemuseum.ca/events-app/halloween-at-britannia
7) Steam away Shoulder Season at Tsek Hot Springs
This is one of our favorite things to do in the region. This is a First Nations owned and operated venue that has 10 tubs for soaking and a beautiful riverside campground in case you want to stay over. http://tsekhotspring.com/
8) Learn Traditional First Nations Crafts
You’ll need to plan ahead a bit for this activity. However we have worked with Tsawaysia Spukwus on a number of occasions and she offers excellent cultural workshops on basket weaving, drum making, and storytelling. Gather a couple families or some friends and give her a call. Visit her website to find out more http://www.tsawaysia.com/ She will travel to Squamish, Whistler, and Pemberton and host a private workshop for you.
9) Refresh Market
This is also another event we seldom miss. The Refresh Market has become one of BC’s leading artisan and locally produced market for arts, crafts, and food. It runs on November 17th and 18th in Squamish at the Railway Museum. Get the jump on your holiday shopping or just head down and grab a snack. Chances are you will run into lots of people you know! http://refreshmarket.ca/
10) Visit Your Local Parks & Recreation Facility
All municipalities in Sea to Sky have well planned, low cost and easy to access programs to keep you moving. Build those quads up so you can annihilate the fresh pow! Take a spin class, go for a skate, swim some laps.
You can download your local activity guide here:
Squamish Parks & Recreation Activity Guide
Whistler Parks & Recreation Activity Guide
Pemberton/SLRD Parks & Recreation Activity Guide