Smoky Skies and Summer Festivals

View from the Sea to Sky Gondola
View from the Sea to Sky Gondola

Summer time in Squamish is magical. Farmers markets bursting with fresh, local produce. Music events happening most weekends, like the Sunset Music Series at the Sea to Sky Gondola, the Whistler Outdoor Concert Series that has amazing concerts in the Olympic Plaza for free, and the Squamish Wind Festival, a celebration of art, music, win, and water that is coming up next weekend. And, of course, lots of outdoor sports. Squamish has been the host for some high-intensity sporting competitions in the past few weeks, like the Test of Metal, a 67KM mountain bike race, the Squamish Triathlon (three of our tutors competed as a team to raise money for our local homeless shelter), and one of the 5 Peaks Trail Running Races. For those of us mere mortals who enjoy the outdoors in a less-competitive capacity, we’ve enjoyed lots of lake-time, mountain-biking, picnicking, jogging, kite-boarding, camping, hiking, and all the other outdoorsy activities that Squamish offers.

 

A wildfire-fighting Quest alumna with a salamander!
A wildfire-fighting Quest alumna with a salamander!

With the stunning views of the mountains, the many bodies of water, and the beautiful sunshine, Squamish is hard to resist during this time of year. Unfortunately, due to all the hot, dry weather we’ve had, Squamish is on extreme alert for forest fires. We experienced the harsh effects of a warming planet and a dry season this past week, when the Sea to Sky Corridor was filled with smoke from nearby forest fires. Not to worry – the fires are quite far from here and we are in no danger from them, but it was bizarre having our views of the mountains completely cut off by smoke. Fortunately, the smoke has cleared, and the forest fires are more under control, but we still have a long, hot summer to contend with, and are hoping that no more fires pop up. A big shoutout and thank you to our students and alumni who work as wildfire fighters in the summer!

 

We also host some amazing festivals in the Sea to Sky Corridor each summer, including the Squamish Valley Music Festival! The Squamish Valley Music draws upwards of 35,000 people per day to Squamish – almost tripling our population! Some of our local artists will be playing these festivals too, including Willa and Lovecoast – two acts that originated in the Sea to Sky Corridor. All of us in the office are pretty excited for these events – fantastic music, delicious food trucks, and beautiful mountain views are hard to beat!

Here’s to the rest of the summer – hopefully smoke and forest-fire free, and filled with fun summer activities. Only 37 more days until our new students arrive!

Photo by Russell Dalby - http://dalbyphoto.photoshelter.com/index#!/index
Smoky Squamish Sunset Photo by Russell Dalby – http://dalbyphoto.photoshelter.com/index#!/index

 

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