Program Title: Squamish III
Squamish III is the fifth program in a progression aimed at introducing young people to the spectacular natural environments to which we in Southwest BC are fortunate enough to have access. In this program, students will be immersed in outdoor living for three days and two nights. They will eat, sleep, and travel in natural environments and become more familiar with the processes and protocols of wilderness travel. Groups will be divided into preferred challenge levels and offered activities that meet their needs and aim to satisfy personal goals.
Hikes options include the Alice Lake Trails, Stawamus Chief Trail, or Sea-to-Sky Gondola trail. Stopping along the hike up and from the spectacular vistas looking down onto Squamish, south into Howe Sound and north up to the Pemberton Ice Cap, participants will learn about the region and it’s history in a fun and social atmosphere that encourages questions, exploration, and interactive activities.
ADD ON: Upon request, this day can be modified to include the following:
- a tour of Britannia Mine Museum, one of the top attractions in all of BC and a wonderful teaching/learning venue. Hours require adjustment to accommodate.
Note: This program is for participants with excellent physical conditioning, some experience hiking, and a responsible attitude towards group travel. Some restrictions to eligibility apply for the sake of risk management.
Duration: 2 Nights and 2 Days (Saturday 8:30am – Sunday 4:30pm)
- To expand through firsthand experience our understanding of the Sea-to-Sky region, inparticular how the ecology, setting, and geography of the mountainous forests of coastal BC connect, transform, and influence the societies that have long called them home.
- To connect students to the places in which, and near to where, they live so that they might foster an appreciation for the land and other communities.
- To have fun and employ mental and physical tenacity in a natural playground that inspires active and experiential learning.
All details to be expanded upon in parent information documents. Travel, pick-up, and drop-off can vary depending on group and family preferences.
8:30am – Meet at Canada Place for departure.
10:00am – Arrive Stawamus Chief Campground
10:30am – Begin Sea-to-Sky Gondola hiking trail
12:00pm – Lunch on the hike up
1:30pm – Arrive Sea-to-Sky Top Station and explore the area’s attractions.
3:00pm – Download Gondola
3:30pm – Hike to Stawamus Chief Campground, set up camp, and make dinner.
6:00pm – Evening campfire and hang out
10:00pm – Bedtime
7:30am – Wake up and Breakfast
8:15am – Pack up camp.
9:30am – *Depart for either A) Whitewater Rafting B) Eagle Viewing Float Tour on Squamish River C) Cultural tour of Squamish Estuary, Brackendale Art Gallery, Sea-to-Sky Gondola, Britannia Mine Museum etc.
3:30pm – Activity wrap up and departure for Vancouver
4:30pm – Participant Pick-up at Vancouver Art Gallery
*Actual itinerary will be determined by group preferences and objectives.
- Overnight Expedition Packing List will be sent to all participants and families
- Moderate level of physical fitness.
- Positive attitude and curiosity.
- Medications (if applicable)
- Nature guides
- Magnifying glass, loupe, etc.
- Small folding multi-tool / Swiss Army-style device