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 happens on July 20th to August 3rd.
Some events are ticketed, but many are also free.
Most of the actual logging sports events take place at the Al McIntosh Loggers Sports Grounds which is located at 39555 Loggers Lane. Other activities take place at various locations around town.
TIP: There is a large bicycle parking area close to the main gate at the Al McIntosh Loggers Sports 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!
Scheduled activities of the 5-day event in 2020 are listed below.
Thursday, July 30, 2020
- Kettle Boil Challenge: an event from 6:30 pm that starts the weekend event. The goal is to get your can of water to boil the fastest. It’s 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 starting at 6:30 pm. For only $5 you can be a taster and take part in voting for the best chili there.
Friday, July 31, 2020
- World Championship Chainsaw Chair Carving Contest: a FREE event 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 starting at 6:30 pm. Free to watch.
- Movie Under The Stars: at 8:45 bring your blankets to Junction Park to watch Tim Burton’s Dumbo.
Saturday, August 1, 2020
- Kids’ Festival: a free event for children on the Saturday morning starting at 9:30 am in Junction Park at 37950 Cleveland Avenue. Activities 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 starting at 1:00 pm. 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 starting at 6:30 pm where 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 are served at the Chieftain Centre Mall at 1301 Pemberton Avenue between 7:00 and 11:00 am. Cost is $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 is $20-$25 but it’s free to watch. There is also a 1 km race starting at 8:35 for those who are new to running or want to run for speed instead of endurance.
- Squamish Days Parade: starts at 11:00 am and goes down Cleveland Avenue beginning at Vancouver Street and finishes at Pemberton Avenue. It’s a nice and pleasantly short parade that lasts only around 20 minutes and 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 at the Al McIntosh Loggers Sports Grounds at 39555 Loggers Lane. The event starts at 1:00 pm, finishes at around 5:30 and costs $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 are selling more today during the show. For more details, see below.
Monday, August 3, 2020
- Picnic at the Pavilion: people are 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 is 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 Loggers Sports Show at the Al McIntosh Loggers Sports Grounds 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 (and some of the best views) are from the top seats in the middle as well as in the bleachers at close to the far end of the outdoor stadium, not right below the beer station but just before (and so still very conveniently close by). 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, and a good time to make your purchase is before the 1:00 pm start when the lines are less long than they generally are later.
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.