Squamish Adventure and Howe Sound Brewing

Author: [ trailpeak ]   Contact Author: trailpeakTue Mar 08 20:15:55 UTC 2016

The Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Company is tops on my list after a hike or ride in the Squamish area. It’s the combination of amazing craft brews and a great vibe that seems to reflect the outdoor nature of Squamish. On one wall, a large 3m x 2m painting of the Chief and it’s popular climbing routes. A windsurfer (board not person) is suspended from the ceiling. The rustic post and beam construction couldn’t be a better fit for the outdoor adventurer. Some of the craft beer names include “Sky Pilot NW Pale Ale”, “Diamond Head Stout”, “Garibaldi Honey Pale Ale”. Mountaineers and hikers will recognize these names. Beer aficionados will appreciate their numerous awards. Great menu.

OK so that’s your apres-hike / bike / back-country ski, but what are you going to do first? Well that’s not too hard, there are hundreds of options around Squamish, most are on trailpeak. Just use our search engine and place “Squamish” in the location field, and, a list will pop up with about 100 Squamish trails many with downloadable GPS. Or, use our area map which shows everything on a google map and filter by activity. That link is here;

Squamish Adventure Map

Classics like Elfin Lakes, Black Tusk (towards Whistler), Cloudburst, Sky Pilot (climbers), Ashlu - Elaho Traverse, Tricouni Peak, Star-Check Gorge (climbing), Cirque Lake, High Falls, the Chief, Mt. Alpen, Brohm Ridge — these are some of the classic hikes but we have dozens more for you to check out on trailpeak.

On the mountain biking side check out Alice Lake, Ring Creek Rip, Sea to Sky trail, Test of Metal, Crouching Tiger, 19th Hole, Jacks, and the very latest that the 'Republic' bike shop in town (on Government Road near the Bean Around the World) will help you out with. Did you know that 2016 is the last year for the Test of Metal race, this is your last chance to do the classic 67km test.

So stay a while, the Inn is owned by the same group, and the rates are reasonable. You may luck out on a live music night. Bring your binoculars, you can watch the climbers on the Chief from your room's window.

If you'd like to know more about the brewery itself, it's expanding. They produce anywhere from 140,000 to 200,000 liters per month, and, their beer now ships across Canada. With 150 employees, the operation has grown. Not surprisingly, most of the employees are into the outdoors. It's Squamish after all.

Kurt - Founder www.trailpeak.com.

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