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A weekend getaway in Squamish

For RD’s birthday, I rented us a cabin about an hour north of Vancouver in the Upper Squamish Valley (and about 25km off the main Sea-to-Sky highway) through AirBnB.

We brought our own groceries with us and made most of our own meals in the cabin. This saved a ton – but also we were about a 25 min. drive from any store, so it made sense to bring everything with us anyway.

Friday after work, we left Vancouver and headed into Squamish for dinner at the Howe Sound Brew Pub. Cait happened to be in town at the same time, as well as a few Toronto gals I knew who were there for a conference, so it was nice to run into them and have a bit of a catch up!


We didn’t stay too long at the pub though, because we wanted to get to our cabin before it got dark. The cabin itself was super cute and did not disappoint. It was located on a small hobby farm very close to Cloudburst Mountain, and just a short walk down to the Squamish River. This was probably one of my favourite AirBnB stays because the hosts were super nice people, and the area is so beautiful. Plus the tiny cabin was perfect – and it made us start thinking about what kind of cabin we’d like to own in the future. (If you’re ever thinking of staying in the area and would like more info on this listing, send me a message!)

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The next morning we went for a walk and explored Anderson Beach. I love places like this where there’s no one else around, and you can just relax. We spent a couple hours at the beach without seeing a single person, but as we were walking back to the cabin, the parade of cars started rolling in. It’s always worth getting up a little early! :)

In the afternoon, we hopped in the car and headed up a few logging roads to explore the area a little more. There are a bunch of great hikes I’ve always wanted to do in the area (and we even found a couple local trails neither of us had heard of before), so it was nice to check out the roads we’d have to take to get there this summer.

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Sunday morning we had a leisurely morning as we sipped coffee on the porch.

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Then it was off to meet Cait for a walk around Alice and Stump Lake – and then lunch at a cute restaurant in Brackendale.

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This was a really nice weekend break from city life, and even though poor RD was sick the entire time, we made the best of the time we had. :) This year of local travel has been pretty successful so far, and we’ll definitely be back this summer to get into the mountains and explore.

Author: Krystal Yee

I’m a personal finance blogger and marketing professional based in Vancouver. I’m a former Toronto Star (Moneyville) columnist, author of The Beginner’s Guide to Saving and Investing, and co-founder of the Canadian Personal Finance Conference. When I’m not working, you can usually find me running, climbing, playing field hockey, or plotting my next adventure.


  1. It looks like you had a wonderful vacation! I absolutely love using Airbnb, I’ve only had one really bad experience and Airbnb was so amazing to solve the issue. In fact, we are only staying with Airbnb on our trip to Iceland. The cozy cabin you got looks really cute as well.

  2. Amber says:

    Looks like a super fun trip!

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