A locals guide to food, booze and adventure for an epic day spent in Squamish, British Columbia.
If you only have a day to explore Squamish then listen up! All of you adventure loving foodies who know how to have a good time, this is the list for you. Sure you can hit up the Sea to Sky Gondola and you should if you haven’t ever done it but if you want to really explore the best Squamish has to offer then follow my lead.
Breakfast at Fergie’s – This place is an absolute must. I have eaten a lot of eggs benny’s over the years but these will knock your socks off. My personal fav is the Dubliner but I haven’t tried anything on the menu I didn’t love. This restaurant is rustic and situated just steps from the Cheakamus River on the Sunwolf Resort property. This is a great way dive right on into your day and let the city melt off you.
Hit the river with Trout Country Fishing Guides – Fishing is most certainly the best way to get a good dose of nature and get lost in beautiful surroundings. Hit the river with an experienced guide and get ready to burn off some of those eggs benny calories. Walking and wading along the river hunting for wild trout is an unparalleled experience. Learn how to cast a fly on some of the fishiest water in the Sea to Sky corridor and hook into a variety of trout and salmon species. (rainbow trout, bull trout, dolly varden, steelhead and 4 types of salmon). The rivers in Squamish are mighty and the wildlife is abundant. From bears and elk to bald eagles, salmon and wolves you are almost sure to catch a glimpse of the wild, if at the very least some nice tracks. Catching a fish is the cherry on top of this adventurous river outing.
Drinks at the Watershed… because… the views, and the Caesar’s… This is a local hotspot especially on sunny days so get ready to mingle with other adventurous folks. Squamish is the outdoor recreation capital of Canada so get ready to cheers a few beers with kite boarders, rock climbers, hikers, mountaineers, skiers, fishermen, mountain bikers and any other death defying activity you can think of. Be sure to get a spot on the patio so you can enjoy views of the mighty Chief and the Squamish River and don’t forget to enjoy a Canadian style Bloody Mary, aka a Caesar and an appetizer or two.
Sightseeing with Sea to Sky Air – You really can’t comprehend just how incredible Squamish is without flying high into the sky. Check out Squamish from above and see Howe Sound and the mighty Tantalus Range in all their glory. There is no better view then one from the clouds and their flights are pretty reasonable. Don’t forget your camera!
Burger at the Locavore – I have eaten a lot of burgers in my life… and I mean a lot, trust me when I say that the Locavore is the best. Note that this burger is simple! So if you are one of those people who simply must have a million toppings, this may not be the place for you. But if you are a purist, meaning simple fresh and flavourful is your style, you will die for this place. The patty is tender, juicy and flavourful, bun is crisp, some fresh lettuce with a nice dose of stony mustard and melted cheese.. my mouth is watering just thinking about it.
Beers at Back Country Brewing – There is no better way to finish off a day than a nice cold brewskie and Back Country Brewing has some excellent beers. Their IPA’s are hoppy and jam packed with flavour, they have a crisp pilsner and a tasty pale ale, plus the taps are always rotating with new limited edition batches. Try one or grab a flight, you won’t be disappointed. If you end up hungry or need to sober up definitely try one of their delicious pizzas.
Sunwolf Cabins – If you want to spend the night, then look no further than Sunwolf Cabins. Just circle right back to the benny spot where you had breakfast and check into a cozy riverside cabin. You’ll feel right at home next to a crackling wood fire stove and listening to the river roll through. This place is heaven and you are sure to fall fast asleep dreaming about all those beauty fish you caught on the river today.