Nowadays, new homes are pretty well equipped for handling weather conditions with insulated windows, radiant floor heating, and new sealant around the doors and windows, but even then, your home is not immune to the cold. While you may run to the gas fireplace or the thermostat to heat the home, such things can be costly, so without further ado, here are some tips for keeping your home warm this coming winter.

Open the blinds on sunny days

While the weather outside may be frightful and chilly even in the sunny spots, the warmth that the sun does produce can be absorbed by your home. Therefore, while the sun is still in the sky, open the blinds to let the sun heat your home. Only when the sun has gone down should you also lower your blinds to prevent heat escaping. It may not be the fastest way to heat your home, but if you’re out all day at work and want to come home to a toasty house, this is one energy efficient and safe way to do so.

Lower the thermostat

Cranking the thermostat is a costly mistake that doesn’t have a lot of effect on your home, but a lot of effect on your heating bill. Let the home heat up slowly so you don’t end up making it too hot and suffocating so you resort to opening the window to let some cool air in. Especially at night as well, turn it right down as you won’t need it when you’re nestled under blankets and in flannel pyjamas.

Search for and repair any leaks around the windows

This is the main cause of homes either not heating up or not staying warm for long. To test and see whether you have any cracks in your sealant, take something lightweight like a piece of tissue paper or a kleenex and run it around the perimeter of your window slowly. If it flutters, that means there is a breeze coming through. Repair any of these small cracks with sealant to enjoy a warmer winter.

Nothing but rainy days ahead of us it seems for the next little while, but that doesn’t mean that you have to just camp out at home and wait for the sunshine to return. In fact, there are a lot of rainy day activities that Squamish has to offer. Browse the list below for your next rainy day outing and make the most of the upcoming weekend.

1. Britannia Mine Museum

Popular amongst tourists and locals alike, the Britannia Mine Museum takes you underground for an afternoon of excitement and even a little education. Try out gold panning, visit the shop, and even ride in a real mine cart as you’re taken back in time to explore what times were really like for the miners. 

2. Ninja Gym
Ever wanted to be a ninja for a day? Well, if you’re 6+, now is your chance. With over 7,000 sq ft of space jam packed with obstacles and other activities, the gym will keep you and your family entertained for hours. No need to book a time to come, just drop in whenever you feel like it.

3. Craft Tasting Trail
This one is for the adults who want to get out and explore the local breweries and other tasty beverage spots. Before heading out, stop by the Squamish Adventure Center and pick up a passport to get some fun prizes for collecting all the stamps.

4. Fishing
The fish come out to play as the sun goes away so if you don’t mind getting a little wet, go out there and reel in some great catches. With the Howe Sound right at your doorstep, as well as the numerous rivers and lakes, you’re sure to have some luck. 

We may be in November, but that doesn’t mean that Fall is over. There are still plenty of activities to do in the month to come before the snow sets in, so if you’re looking for ideas to do this weekend, check out the list below.

1. Hiking: A true classic of this time of year. Squamish is home to many different trails and paths that range from family-friendly, to more intense hikes for the experienced hiker. Before the rain and snow make things a little harder, get out and take in the beautiful fall colours.

2. Rock Climbing: Although a little more extreme than hiking, there’s no better time to hit the granite than when the temperatures are cooler out. Not only will it be less exhausting without the hot summer sun pounding on your back, but the cooler temperatures actually provide better friction, making the climb a little easier. Guided tours are available around Squamish if you don’t have any rock climbing buddies.

3. Golfing: Both Furry Creek Golf and Country Club and the Squamish Valley Golf Course provide beautiful views while you hit the green. Golfing is a seasonal sport, best enjoyed during sunny days, so be sure to get your tee time before the clubs close their fairways.

4. Fishing: Whether you prefer to fish in a river or a lake, prefer saltwater or freshwater, Squamish has a fishing destination for you. Fall is a popular time to fish as the salmon return to the rivers.

5. Paddleboating: Get out on the water for a scenic and relaxing time taking in all the beautiful scenery. Just be sure to bundle up as it can get quite chilly.

It’s no secret that Squamish is the ultimate place to go if you’re wanting to get lost in nature, but there truly is no better time to take in Squamish’s beauty than the Fall. Coniferous and deciduous trees shed their leafy greens and replace them with bright, bold sunset colours of red, orange, and yellow. But where are the best places in Squamish to get the best view? Let’s find out.


Shannon Falls Provincial Park truly is the whole package as it features not only beautiful trees, but a trek to one of the most beautiful waterfalls in all of B.C. There’s also a picnic area at the base of the waterfall Although the trees themselves are quite a sight, witnessing the fall of the leaves and seeing them cascade down the river truly elevates this experience.


Like Shannon Falls, this one is a double-whammy that is a must-do on the nature lover’s to-do list. Not only is the hike itself a treat for witnessing the beauty of Fall, but once you reach the peak, you’re able to see panoramic views of one of the most beautiful places in all of B.C. Be sure to go on a sunny day as the hike can be tricky, and dress warm if you plan on staying awhile.


This one requires a bit of work to get to, but it’s absolutely worth it. You can reach the lookout point by driving up the Squamish Valley Forest Service Road and then hiking the Sigurd trail that’s just past the bridge. Once you reach the viewpoint, you can either head back or continue onwards to see Crooked Falls.


For the bikers, there’s no better place to visit and go biking than the Squamish Mountain biking trails. With over 200km of track to explore, you can spend all day on the trails and still not see it all. The most popular trails to check out are Pseudo-Tsuga and Wonderland.  


If you truly want to see the colours of Fall come alive, come to Elfin Lakes. As the sun begins to set, it makes the meadow across the lake look like it’s been dipped in liquid gold.