Squamish is one of the wettest places in Canada, averaging 178 rainy days per year. Being the outdoor recreation capital of Canada, this could be a burden as Squamish is most appreciated on sunny days, when people can be seen mountain biking, hiking the chief, and going swimming at of the many lakes in the area. So what do students, especially those who are not accustomed to the wet weather, do on the other 178 days?
I present: 5 Things to do at Quest on a Rainy Day
There are many baking enthusiasts at Quest. And, thankfully, there are numerous kitchens available to accommodate everyone! Upper years living in Riverside and Swift Creek can use their own full kitchens, those living in North and South villages can use the communal kitchen in each building, and those living in Red Tusk or Ossa can use any of the two kitchens located on each floor of the building. Baking is relaxing and fun. Recipe sharing is highly encouraged! If you don’t have some ingredients, you can always post on the Quest Food Share Facebook page, and people are more than welcome to lend you ingredients, as long as they get a taste of your final product!
2. Study by the fire in the Atrium
It’s not a myth that Quest students have a lot of homework. But you can still enjoy yourself by sipping a Squamish Fog while you do your readings by the fire.
3. Go bouldering at the Kermode Cave
The Quest community is very active, and just because it’s raining doesn’t mean that you can’t get your daily dose of exercise! The Kermode Cave came from a student’s keystone project, and has since been open for students to get their climb on. There are routes for every level, and daily open hours with more advanced climbers that are willing to give tips on routes, and help you improve your technique.
4. Play pool/ping pong/slackline on the 3rd floor of the library
Sometimes you just need a break from studying, or need something to entertain you if you don’t have homework. The third floor of the library building has two pool tables, a ping pong table, an air hockey table and two slacklines. Great for anyone who needs a quick study break, this building is open 24-7 with a student access card.
5. Go outside!
Just because it’s raining doesn’t mean you have to stay inside! Believe it or not, some people love the rain, and keep on living life despite it! Grab a rain jacket and go for a walk in the woods, play soccer on the field, or just chill out and soak up the liquid sunshine!