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 Logger Days happens on the Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday of July 28th to 31st this year. That’s the same weekend as other awesome events including the Vancouver Bach Festival, Honda Celebration of Light, Abbotsford Agrifair and Brigade Days in Fort Langley. To learn about these and other events happening on the BC Day August Long Weekend in 2022, see Vancouver’s July Calendar of Events. To learn more about the festival in Squamish, continue reading.
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.
After two years of cancellations, the 65th annual Squamish Days Festival takes place from July 28th to 31st in 2022. There are 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.
Scheduled activities for the 4-day event in 2022 are listed below. Exact details are subject to change.
Thursday, July 28, 2022
- Kettle Boil Challenge: an event at the Squamish Valley Golf Course from 6:30 pm that starts the weekend festival. 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. In 2022 the event starts at 6:30 pm at the Squamish Valley Golf Course. For only $5 you can be a taster and take part in voting for the best chili there.
Friday, July 29, 2022
- World Championship Chair Carve: the free event runs 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 starts at 6:00 pm and is free to watch.
Saturday, July 30, 2022
- Kids’ Festival: the free event for children is on Saturday morning starting at 9:30 am in Junction Park at 37950 Cleveland Avenue. Activities include an obstacle course, craft tables, face painting, live entertainment, 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 show starts at 1:00 pm this year. Tickets to watch cost $7 for adults and $5 for seniors and children (ages 6 to 12). During the Loggers Sports Show the festival’s Rotary Beef BBQ also takes place (so take your appetite and some extra money!).
- Axe Throw Invitational: an event that’s free to watch on Cleveland Avenue (in the Squamish Farmers Market parking lot). Up to 32 entrants compete to see who’s the most accurate at throwing axes.
Sunday, July 31, 2022
- Pancake Breakfast: pancakes with eggs and sausage are available at Chieftain Centre Mall between 8:00 and 11:00 am. The cost is $11 for adults and $6 for both seniors and children ages 12 and under.
- Squamish Days Parade: 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 most years. It features logging trucks, bagpipers, community organization floats and more.
- World-Class Open Loggers Sports Show: an international logging competition featuring contestants from New Zealand, Australia, the United States and Canada. It happens at the Al McIntosh Loggers Sports Grounds at 39555 Loggers Lane. The event starts at 1:00 pm and costs $13 for adults and $8 for seniors and children (ages 12 & under). It’s a fantastic event and well worth attending. Also, if you don’t get enough BBQ grub from Rotary the day before, they’re selling more today during the show.
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.