Summer Events: COVID Version
by Kristy Aleksich
There’s nothing quite like Squamish in the summer, and despite the recent global turmoil due to COVID-19, we are hoping that these warm, summer days will provide some sort of reprieve from isolation activities. As we attempt to ease beyond this unprecedented pandemic, locals and visitors alike are keen to get back to enjoying life- whether that be camping, hiking, rock climbing, kitesurfing, BBQ’ing or patio sessions with friends.
Summer just isn’t as long as we would like it to be, is it? As we try to find some sort of normalcy it will be all too tempting to race outside and try to squeeze it all in. Our usual chock-full roster for summertime events has changed, but we are going to make the most of it. It won’t be the usual schedule of festivals and large-scale events, but as restrictions ease (hopefully) it will surely feel good to get out of our homes and do something other than bake bread and hop on Zoom calls.
Squamish Farmers Market
Every Saturday, April to October 2020
This is an event that is actually IS happening. There’s no better way to kick off the weekend than to pop over to our local Squamish Farmers Market. Pick up fresh produce and meats while enjoying the pleasant views from downtown. Keeping distancing in mind, it still makes a nice little weekend outing.
Squamish Days Loggers Sports Festival
It would have been the 63rd year of the Squamish Days Loggers Sports Festival, now postponed to summer 2021. The longest-running community event in Squamish Competitors typically put on audience-pleasing, fun-for-the-whole-family events – everything from log rolling to axe throwing- that acknowledge the rich history of forestry and help keep traditional methods and techniques alive. We are expecting to see lumberjacks (and Jills) from across the globe return once again next year to show us their stuff.
COVID VERSION: Go find a lake with a log and try to run along it without falling into the water. Grab your chainsaw and get creative while cutting your firewood for next winter. Create an axe-throwing pitch in your yard. Watch ‘The Log Drivers Waltz’ on YouTube.
Squamish Street Market
For three Sundays of the summer, you can usually mosey over to Downtown Squamish and enjoy this boutique, local festival showcasing vendors, food trucks, local craft beer and cider, music and entertainment.
COVID VERSION: Hop online and purchase goods from local businesses. Many offer free delivery or curbside pickups. Order take out from a Squamish restaurant. Support local!
Squamish Valley Beer Festival
What should have been its 6th year, the Squamish Valley Beer Festival is always a popular event. With over 55 craft breweries and cideries (many from the Sea to Sky), food trucks, games, DJ’s and more, it’s an awesome way to unite beer lovers and mountain culture.
COVID VERSION: Order delivery, curbside pick-up or buy local brews, cider and alcohol in beer and wine stores to support our local businesses. Extra points if you line them up, have your friends do the same, and hold an online tasting session.
Shining the spotlight on the best in BC music, Constellation Festival, in what would have been its second year, is sadly cancelled before we even got to see the line-up. The exceptional music, food, and art installations right in our own backyard will be sorely missed, but we can’t wait to see who they announce as headliners for 2021 when it will be back even better than ever!
COVID VERSION: Go online and check out some of the live stream performances available. Have a dance party in your living room. Have an ‘art day’ and make your own art installation. Get creative!
If there’s one thing all the locals can agree on it’s that Squamish- she’s windy! The wind is our blessing and our curse and each summer kiteboarders praise the god of wind during the epic battle between the world’s top athletes. KiteClash is Canada’s biggest kiteboarding competition and we will miss spending the day at our world-renowned Squamish Spit watching the action.
COVID VERSION: Build a kite with your kids and fly ‘em high! If you kiteboard, head out to the Spit and hit the water – kiteboarding is an isolating activity that gets two thumbs up. Have your friends socially distance onshore to cheer you on.
With some careful planning and a little respect for distancing, you can (and WILL) have some fun this season. We truly hope you have the most epic summer- we have earned it, haven’t we? So get out there and enjoy a taste of Squamish. Responsibly and respectfully. Have fun!
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