Although we’re sure our talented #CIMC2017 speakers will keep you entertained and focused on all things digital, if you’re looking to make a trip out of the conference for the days before or after where the “sea meets the sky,” here is a list of ‘must do’s’ while visiting Squamish:
Surrounded by breathtaking mountains and monoliths, Squamish is a hiker’s dream. There are numerous trails suiting all levels of fitness.
Take your next meeting at the top of the Stawamus Chief. It is the largest free-standing granite outcropping in Canada and second in the world. The first of three peaks takes around 90 minutes to reach and offers stunning views of Howe Sound and the surrounding mountain ranges. It’s an intermediate trail that should be done in proper footwear.
Other walks and trails in the area can be found on Vancouver Trails.
Take a Ride
If you want the views but are short on time, the Sea to Sky Gondola is a perfect opportunity to take your company soaring to new heights.
The 10-minute ride takes you 885 metres above sea level. At the top, enjoy the three viewing platforms, interpretive walking trails and the Summit Lodge complete with dining and beverage options.
Or challenge yourself and your colleagues to rise to the occasion. Squamish is home to world famous rock climbing with accessible rock faces, climbing groups and introductory courses to help you reach your goals.
Get hands on with the Via Ferrata, or “Iron Way” vertical challenge found at the end of the Sea to Sky Gondola’s Summit Lodge. Cross catwalks, bridges and ascend up granite faces while utilizing safety rungs cable systems. Finish at the sun deck of the Summit Lodge and celebrate with a beverage.
Tour tickets can be bought in conjunction with gondola lift tickets.
Play an epic round of golf at either Squamish Valley Golf or Furry Creek. Both courses offer awe-inspiring scenery to make it a truly spectacular 18 holes.
Grab a bite
Downtown Squamish is a vibrant area where visitors can shop, dine and drink. Wind down after the day’s activities with a bite to eat in one of the many eateries and restaurants. You can check out Explore Squamish’s dining directory here.
Or, try a local brew and continue the conversation at Howe Sound Brewery. Homegrown since 1996, the brewery boasts internationally recognized craft beers and stouts while promoting an eco-conscious footprint.
Looking to relax after an informative day? Visit the Brackendale Art Gallery and Theatre Teahouse.
The gallery is the centre for arts in the Squamish valley and offers art exhibits, concerts, theatre performances and workshops with both local and visiting artists.
Squamish is one of the most highly rated tourist destinations in British Columbia and this list covers only a small amount of the activities available in the region. Get out, explore and we look forward to seeing everyone at the conference in April.