Kaylynn is back! And this time, she is talking about something that Team Daily really likes. Yes, outdoors. Wait, not the patio-type outdoors but Mother Nature’s outdoors 🙂
The past weekend was a little rough for some of us but, hey, the weather forecast for the coming long weekend is perfect. If you don’t have any plans yet, you definitely will have some after reading this post.
In Kay’s words – With our first year spending a whole weekend in Squamish Valley, we can say that we LOVE Squamish! Only a 45 minute drive from Downtown Vancouver, it’s the perfect mountain-studded getaway. For real, it’s like living in a postcard.
Here’s a few reasons why Squamish Valley is one of our favourite stay-cation spots:
Stawamus Chief – Possibly my absolute favourite thing about Squamish. The Chief is a lot of fun – three peaks means three amazing panorama views. It’s about a 6-hour long hike to make it to all three peaks, but totally worth it. The hardest part of the hike in my opinion? Scaling the mountain when getting to the very top.
Not to worry, you’ll make it!
Squamish Valley Music Festival – Had my first experience with Squam Fest just this summer. Was it fun? Hell ya! The music was an unparalleled experience altogether. Sam Smith’s vocals? Ooof. The performances definitely delivered goose bumps and a respectable amount of swooning, but the camping. The camping is another story.
My girlfriends and I know nothing about camping but thought it’d be all giggles if we camped this year. Let me tell you, festival camping is not easy for novices.
Oh, we definitely had giggles, but those giggles were NOT happening when we arrived at our campsite past midnight, after dragging our stuff five blocks into the camp and down a gravel road, took out our tent, and realized it had no poles.
It was a learning experience to say the least.
Sea to Sky Gondola – Scenic doesn’t even begin to describe the Sea to Sky Gondola ride.
As we’ve mentioned, one of the most amazing things about Squamish Valley is that it looks like something out of a postcard, no matter where you look. You’ve got the water, the mountains, the blue skies – it’s truly breathtaking.
Head up and enjoy a beer at the top! As Squamish is home to Howe Sound Brewing, you can enjoy handcrafted ales and lagers at every bar in the city.
With the Sea to Sky Gondola, you can opt to take the gondola there and back, or even hike up the Sea to Summit Trail and gondola down!
Camping(Alice Lake, Klahani Campground, Paradise Valley Campground etc.) – We know, we know – we just talked about camping and its multitude of sins. But camping is also a lot fun. It’s great bonding time between you and your friends (especially if you’re bonding over who’s putting up the tent wrong and all that.)
It also gives you the opportunity to put away technology and sit back and bask in everyone’s presence. Plus, camping food is so good. There’s something about being out in the wild, rationing, and an overcooked hot dog suddenly tastes like heaven.
Shannon Falls – If the Chief is looking a little too intimidating for you, Shannon Falls is the next best thing. Completely hiking-with-a-hangover friendly, as well as being totally family friendly.
Surrounded by lush, lush nature, and blessed with a beautiful view of the falls. It’s a mere stop on the Sea to Sky Highway. Lots to explore and picnic areas are available at your service!
Now, you must be wondering where are all the pictures in this post? We didn’t put them in purposely. Why? Because we want you to experience the beauty of Squamish and paint your own memories.
Until next time, stay safe and prep up for Fall 🙂