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Squamish Today—July 15

Weather, campfire bans, moon phase, local events to catch, gas prices, and more.

Good Monday to you, Squamish!

Today, July 15, it will be sunny, with a high of 27 C, dipping down to a low of 14 C overnight, according to Environment Canada.

(Yesterday, we saw a high of 29.9 C.)

The humidex, which is a measure of how hot the temperature feels, is set to reach 28 today.

Within the range of 20 to 29, the heat will cause a "little discomfort."

The UV index will reach 8, or very high today.

In Canada, the index ranges from 1 to 11; the higher the number, the stronger the sun’s UV rays. 

The District reminds residents that they can seek a reprieve from the heat at the following public places: Brennan Park Recreation Centre, The 55 Activity Centre, and Squamish Public Library during regular operating hours.

Campfire bans

Please note that due to the hot and dry weather, there's currently a municipal campfire ban in place for Squamish. 

It started at noon on July 9.

"The dry conditions and extreme temperatures mean that forest fuels are very dry, and the fire risk is serious. New fires may start easily, burn vigorously, and challenge fire suppression efforts and resources," reads a District of Squamish post about the ban.

Therefore, all open fires within the District of Squamish are currently banned.

There's also a ban on Category 2 and Category 3 open fires.

The following activities are not allowed:

  • Campfires (category 1)
  • Category 2, category 3 open fires
  • Fireworks
  • Sky Lanterns
  • Binary Exploding Targets
  • Burn Barrels or Burn Cages of any size or description
  • Air Curtain Burners
  • Tiki torches
  • Wood-burning saunas and hot tubs

The following are never allowed in Squamish:

  • Fires in any public space, including forests, riverbanks, mountainsides, beaches
  • Open Air Burning, including but not limited to, yard waste, garden debris and construction materials

What is still allowed are cooking stoves that use gas, or propane, or portable campfire devices that use liquid, or gaseous fuel, provided the height of the flame is less than 15 centimetres.

To report a wildfire, unattended campfire, or open burning violation, call 911 if within the municipal boundaries, or, if outside the district, call 1-800-663-5555 toll-free or *5555 on a cell phone. 

The B.C. Wildfire Service has also put in place a provincewide campfire ban that went into effect Friday.

This means that in addition to campfires not being allowed within Squamish, they are not permitted in areas outside of it, such as the Squamish Valley.

No kiting at oceanfront beach

In the wake of a man's death while he was kiteboarding off of Sp'akw'us Feather Park on July 1, the District of Squamish has temporarily closed the beach to kiteboarding while an investigation into the incident is underway.

"Kites are being restricted out of caution to ensure public safety. Wingfoiling and windsurfing continue to be permitted," a District release states.

Access to Pepahím̓ (Spit Island) for kiteboarding is available through a shuttle operated by the Squamish Windsports Society.

Shuttles take place daily between noon and 7 p.m., with access to the shuttle launch a short walk from the Sp’akw’us Feather parking lot.

Visit squamishwindsports.com for information and current weather conditions.

Sunrise & sunset

Sunrise on July 15 was at 5:22 a.m. Sunset will be at 9:14 p.m. 

Moon phase

The moon is in its first quarter phase.

"In the lunar cycle, the first quarter moon phase occurs halfway between the new moon and the full moon," reads Study.com.

"During this lunar phase, the first quarter moon looks like a half-illuminated circle. One side of the moon is illuminated, and the other half is shadowed."

The moon's illumination is currently 65.49%, meaning that is the percentage of the moon illuminated by the sun, according to phasesmoon.com.

The moon is currently located in the constellation of Pisces.

The moon is currently 400,048.42 kilometres from Earth.

Moonrise is at 4:05 p.m., moonset will be at 12:36 a.m.

The next full moon will be on July 20, at 9:27 p.m.

Tides

The next low tide today will be at 7:54 a.m. (1.66 metres); the next high tide is at 3:22 p.m. (3.62 m), according to the site tides.today.

The final tide today, a low tide, will be at 6:59 p.m. (3.42)

Seawater temps

The water temperature in Howe Sound on July 15 is 17 C, according to this government site.

Good fishing day?

According to solunarforecast.com, July 15 is set to be an average fishing day in Squamish.

The best, or major, bite time left today is between 7:42 p.m. and  9:42.p.m.

How are these bite times calculated, anyway? 

"The gravitational pull of the moon affects tidal movement, while the sunrise and sunset times can help anglers predict when the fish are going to bite. Many anglers feel that fish are most active on a full moon or new moon, and that activity is at a low on a quarter moon or a three quarter moon," reads the Take Me Fishing site.

Events to note

Here are some local upcoming events you might want to attend.


•July 17, there's a free Action Drumming Workshop with William Wallace at Trickster's Hideout from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

"These workshops begin with drumming technique, rhythm development and learning beats and movements to be able to free flow with each other. By the end of the session you’ll be 'Jammin’ as one!,'" reads the listing.

•On July 20, Dancing Under The Stars Squamish returns to Junction Park from 7 to 11 p.m.

"Swing & Latin Dancing under the stars," reads the listing.

•Also on July 20 is CrippledWheel Party, from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m, at Trickster's Hideout.

"We’re throwing it back to the good ol’ days with local favourite CrippledWheel Pete! If you’ve lived in Squamish for a while, you’ve let loose to Pete’s beats at the Knotty Burl. Now, he’s back to bring the magic to Trickster’s Hideout. Come early and stay late for a night of nostalgia and great music," reads the listing.

•On July 25, catch Taylor James at the Sea to Sky Gondola, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

"For Taylor, music is first and foremost about connection. It’s about translating and sharing the emotions that make life worth living, that make us who we are," reads the event listing.

•On July 27, check out the Vox Rea: Name It Yourself Music Festival 2024, at Trickster's Hideout from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.

The evening includes performances by Evan and the Tide, Wack, Suppertime, Fet's Luck, and Vox Rea.

•Looking to next month, on Aug. 10, catch Shari Ulrich in concert (with Jeanne Tolmie) at The BAG, from 7:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.

"Shari first played the Brackendale Art Gallery 50 years ago and it has been a thread through her life ever since. She has played there with every musical adventure from the Pied Pumkin to the High Bar Gand and everything in between, including many solo shows. She's being accompanied for this evening with her cohort in The Luckies, Jeanne Tolmie," reads the listing.

There are many more events coming up; go to our online events calendar to see them all!

Want a possible shout-out in our daily report? Load your event into our calendar, by clicking "create an event."

On this day

  • The average high temperature in Squamish on July 15 is 23.4 C, according to Environment Canada.
  • The average low is 12 C.
  • The highest temperature on this day (1982-2023) was 32 C in 2023.
  • The lowest temperature seen on this day in the district was 8.3 C in 1988.
  • The most precipitation we have seen on this day was 16.3 millimetres in 1998.

Looking ahead

Squamish meteorologist Jason Ross says that a ridge of high pressure will persist over southwestern B.C. this week.

This will result in dry conditions and above-normal temperatures.

Environment Canada predicts a sunny Tuesday, which will see a high of 30 C and an overnight low down to 15 C.

Ross says a small shortwave feature in a southerly flow may bring increased risk of convection or thunderstorms on Wednesday, which is something to keep in mind if you are planning on hiking or camping in the alpine.

Wednesday will be sunny again, with a high of 32 C, with a low down to 15 C. 

Thursday, expect sun and a high of 27 and a low down to 15 C.

Friday, we are in for more sun, with a high of 26 C and a low down to 15 C.

Gas prices

According to our latest data, on July 15, the cheapest regular gas in Squamish is 178.9 cents per litre at the Squamish Valley Gas Bar.

In Whistler, gas is going for 179.9/L at the Co-op at 2101 Lake Placid Rd.

In Pemberton, expect to pay 183.9/L at the Husky at 1441 Vine Rd.

In Vancouver, the cheapest gas we could find is selling for 180.9/L at the Chevron at 660 3rd St W, according to GasBuddy.

Road warnings

On Highway 99, northbound, until Aug. 4, expect utility work between Scott Cres. and Cleveland Ave. The right turn lane and shoulder may be closed. Watch for traffic control.

Starting today on Highway 99, in both directions. Utility work is planned at Lions Bay Ave (Lions Bay). This will close the left lane from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The work will continue until Thursday, July 18 at 5:30 p.m.

Find the latest road warnings on the DriveBC site.

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