The Squamish Days Loggers Sports Festival is a community event that features a parade and logger-themed activities over the BC Day August Long Weekend.
Squamish Days Festival
In 2020 the Squamish Days Loggers Sports Festival was going to happen from July 30th to August 3rd. However, the festival was cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic.
The 2021 Squamish Days Festival was scheduled to take place from July 29th to August 2nd. It too was cancelled, at least initially. The bed races portion of the festival still took place on July 30th, and more events were scheduled for September 18th.
The 65th annual Squamish Days Festival is scheduled to take place from July 28th to 31st in 2022. In normal years the festival offers some ticketed events and some free events.
Most of the actual logging sports events take place at the Al McIntosh Loggers Sports Grounds. The venue’s address is 39555 Loggers Lane. Other activities take place at various locations around town.
The Squamish Days Bed Races 2021
The one Squamish Days event that took place in the summer of 2021 was the Bed Races. This is a wacky, fun team event where you need to sign up with a group of five. Each team is given a hospital bed and four of the team members push the bed through obstacles with one person lying on it.
There was a $25 signup fee for each team in 2021, and only 14 could participate. The deadline to register was July 29th and the races began at 6:00 pm on July 30th. After the event awards were given to not only the fastest teams but also the team with the best costumes.
If you didn’t want to take part in the bed-pushing you could still go watch the event take place. Each year the course is on Cleveland Avenue, between Victoria Street and Pemberton Avenue.
Regular Festival Activities
Scheduled activities of the 5-day event that were supposed to take place in 2020 are listed below (to give you an idea of what to expect in 2022).
Thursday, July 30, 2020
- Kettle Boil Challenge: an event from 6:30 pm that was going to start the weekend festival. The goal was going to be to get your can of water to boil the fastest. It was going to be free to watch and about $20 to enter.
- Lumberjack Chili Cook-Off: local restaurants supply their chili to the audience members of the Kettle Boil Challenge most years. In 2020 the event was going to start at 6:30 pm. For only $5 you would have been a taster and taken part in voting for the best chili there.
Friday, July 31, 2020
- World Championship Chainsaw Chair Carving Contest: the free event was going to be from 3:00 until 5:30 pm at the corner of Winnipeg Street and Cleveland Avenue.
- Squamish Days Bed Races: teams of 5 people race beds on wheels through a series of obstacles down Cleveland Avenue. The event was going to start at 6:30 pm and be free to watch.
- Movie Under The Stars: at 8:45 pm people were going to be able to take their blankets to Junction Park to watch Tim Burton’s Dumbo.
Saturday, August 1, 2020
- Kids’ Festival: the free event for children was going to be on the Saturday morning starting at 9:30 am in Junction Park at 37950 Cleveland Avenue. Activities most years include race games, bouncy castles, face painting and other child and young family-focused activities.
- Novice & Intermediate Loggers Sports Show: a competition for near-beginner and non-professional logger sports participants at the Al McIntosh Loggers Sports Grounds. The cost to watch is just $2 for adults and $1 for seniors and children (ages 6 to 11). During the Loggers Sports Show the festival’s Rotary Beef BBQ also takes place (so take your appetite and some extra money!).
- Axe Throwing Competition: an event that’s free to watch outside Chances Casino at 9000 Valley Drive. Up to 30 entrants compete to see who’s the most accurate at throwing axes.
Sunday, August 2, 2020
- Pancake Breakfast: pancakes with eggs and sausage were going to be served at the Chieftain Centre Mall between 7:00 and 11:00 am. The cost was set to be $8 for adults and $6 for both seniors and children ages 11 and under.
- Squamish Days 8K Run: an 8 km running race starting at 8:35 am at Howe Sound Secondary School at 38430 Buckley Avenue. The cost to participate was going to be $20-$25 but it’s usually free to watch. There is also a 1 km race starting at 8:35 most years for those who are new to running or want to run for speed instead of endurance.
- Squamish Days Parade: was scheduled to start at 11:00 am and go down Cleveland Avenue beginning at Vancouver Street and finish at Pemberton Avenue. It’s a nice and pleasantly short parade that lasts only around 20 minutes. It features logging trucks, bagpipers, community organization floats and people handing out candy.
- World-Class Loggers Sports Show: an international logging competition featuring contestants from New Zealand, Australia, Europe, the United States and Canada. It happens at the Al McIntosh Loggers Sports Grounds at 39555 Loggers Lane. The event would have started at 1:00 pm, finished at around 5:30 and cost $10 for adults and $5 for seniors and children (ages 11 & under). It’s a fantastic event and well worth attending. Also, if you didn’t get enough BBQ grub from Rotary the day before, they would have been selling more today during the show. For more details, see below.
Monday, August 3, 2020
- Picnic at the Pavilion: people would have been invited to bring their picnics (or buy food truck food) and enjoy the live music, beer garden and other activities at Junction Park in downtown Squamish from 11:00 am until 4:30 pm. Admission was to be free.
World-Class Loggers Sports Show
A number of the events at Squamish Days are interesting and worth checking out. The main event, however, is arguably the World-Class Loggers Sports Show on the Sunday afternoon. Thousands turn out for the world-championship competitions which are fun to watch for all ages.
At the World-Class Loggers Sports Show there are axe-throwing contests, pole climbing races, log rolling competitions, chainsaw cutting championships and all kinds of logger sports-themed entertainment.
Tips and Advice
Below is a list of suggestions to help you make the most out of your experience at the Logger Show.
TIP #1: Get to the event early, before the 1:00 pm start, to find good parking and a seat in the shade.
TIP #2: It can get hot in the stands! The shadiest spots are from the top seats in the middle as well as in the bleachers at close to the far end of the outdoor stadium. When choosing your seat, just remember that the sun will continue moving (and so will the shade).
TIP #3: Don’t forget your hat, water bottle and sunscreen. Again, if the sun is out, it can get hot!
TIP #4: Have your mobile phone and social media tools handy. At the event pretty good prizes are usually awarded to members of the audience, but to win you need to follow the announcer’s directions and post photos and things as instructed.
TIP #5: Most of the competitions involve non-motor-powered saws and equipment. In the few cases where power saws are used, however, they can be really loud! Be prepared to cover sensitive ears – some kids even bring ear plugs and ear protectors!
TIP #6: Try the Rotary Club’s BBQ Beef on a Bun. It’s delicious and proceeds benefit worthwhile causes. The Rotarians usually sell out well before the end of the event, however, so a good time to make your purchase is before the 1:00 pm start.
TIP #7: There is usually a large bicycle parking area close to the main gate at the grounds during the festival. Also, Squamish has a great paved cycling trail that goes right past the venue. If you can ride your bike to the logging competitions instead of driving, do it!
For further details about the event click Squamish Days Loggers Sports Festival.
For ideas on other things to do on the August Long Weekend, click BC Day Holiday Events.