There are many things to do and to see in Howe Sound. Some are an hour’s drive or less from Vancouver and many are accessible by public transit. Here are a few more ideas to get you started.
- Take a guided walk with a naturalist. Talaysay Tours offers hiking and snowshoeing tours of Tetrahedron Provincial Park. Moonstone Enterprises does natural history and educational walks throughout the Sunshine Coast.
- Educate your child in nature. The Sea to Sky Outdoor School offers nature-based programs for children and youth.
- Go to market. Farmers’ markets are a great place to take the kids, meet local people, get fresh local groceries for the week, listen to live music and, of course, eat! The Squamish Farmers’ Market operates year-round, every Saturday in the summer and alternate Saturdays in the winter. The Gibsons Farmers’ Market takes place on Fridays from May to October. The Whistler Farmers’ Market starts its season in June. Bowen Island’s Summer Market runs on weekends from June to September.
- Take a ride up the mountain. Looking for some spectacular views of the Howe Sound area without the hike? The Sea to Sky Gondola is accessible for all mobility levels and leads to a number of accessible and backcountry trails.
- Get active in Squamish. Squamish is a hub for outdoor activities such as canoeing, eagle viewing, fishing, hiking, skiing, horseback riding, kayaking, mountain biking, paddleboarding, rafting, rock climbing, sailing, snowshoeing, sightseeing, tobogganing and wind surfing. Take your pick!
- Scuba dive. Howe Sound boasts some spectacular dive sites. Get close to marine life at Bowyer Island, and sunken wrecks at Porteau Cove Provincial Marine Park and Whytecliff Park Marine Protected Area. Educate yourself about protected areas such as Rockfish Conservation Areas, respect wildlife and dive only according to your skill level.
Public transport from Vancouver to Squamish and Whistler is offered by Pacific Coach Lines and Greyhound Bus Canada. The Squamish Transit System has a few bus routes within Squamish and between Squamish and Whistler.