The Sea to Sky Gondola also hosts numerous events
including trail races, classes in yoga and outdoor adventure
skills, weddings and a Friday night summer concert series.
Because of the popularity of the Friday series, Thursday
evening shows featuring solo acoustic music have been
added in July and August.
The Squamish area is home to other world-class
attractions including the West Coast Railway Heritage
Park, featuring vintage, meticulously restored railcars and
the famed Royal Hudson steam locomotive. The park
hosts numerous events throughout the year ( wcra.ca).
Eleven kilometres south of town in Britannia Beach, the
Britannia Mine Museum was once the most productive
copper mine in the British Empire. Now a National
Historic Site, the museum has added a significant new
attraction this year: “Boom!,” a live-action, multi-sensory
special-effects show that brings the 96-year-old, 20-storey
Mill No. 3 building to life. The $4 million attraction was
set to open June 1.
“Millions of people have driven up the Sea to Sky
Highway throughout the years and wondered what this
giant building is attached to the side of the mountain,”
said Kirstin Clausen, the museum’s executive director.
“Boom!” is a compelling way for us to share the mill’s
authentic and heart-warming story, and its purpose and
function as a historically significant community beacon
to the more than 60,000 people who used to live and
work here at the Britannia Mine.”
Squamish’s summer event calendar is replete with outdoor
fun. The Squamish Days Logger Sports competition, a
long-running civic festival, brings together some of the
world’s top lumberjacks for log rolling (a.k.a. birling),
hand bucking, tree topping and falling and the like.
The Wind Festival, July 18 to 20, features
live music and art as well as competitions
in wind and kite surfing, sailing and
stand-up paddleboarding. The following
weekend (July 26 to 28), the new Squamish
Constellation Festival takes centre stage with
top-name musical acts including Serena
Ryder, Bahamas and A Tribe Called Red.
For information about events and activities,
visit the Squamish Adventure Centre just
off Highway 99 near downtown: phone
(604) 815-4994 (local) or 1-877-815-5084