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 Home > Travel BC > BC Cities and Towns > Vancouver, Coast & Mountains  > Squamish

Squamish is located 44 km (28 miles) north of West Vancouver at Horseshoe Bay and (58 km 36 miles) south of Whistler on Hwy 99 the Sea-to-Sky highway.

'Outdoor Recreation Capital of Canada'
Squamish is situated at the northern end of Howe Sound. Bounded by the ocean at one end and surrounding mountain chains called the Garibaldi Mountains and Tantalus Range, Squamish is often referred to as the 'Outdoor Recreation Capital of Canada.'

Unique Communities
Squamish is made up a number of unique surrounding communities along Hwy 99 starting in the south called Valley Cliff, the downtown area, Garibaldi Estates and Highlands, Brakendale and the countryside and acreages north of Brakendale up the Squamish Valley and Cheakamus River.

Outdoor Pursuits
Within these communities are excellent outdoor pursuits taking place throughout the year such as mountain biking, kayaking, whitewater adventures, rock climbing and hiking.

Brakendale Bald Eagles
If you enjoy nature, Squamish can offer you excellent opportunities to view various wildlife including one of North America's largest bald eagle populations in the nearby community of Brakendale.

Stawamus Chief
Travelling on Hwy 99 just south of Squamish you'll notice a large impressive rock-faced wall, which happens to be the world's second largest granite monolith called the Stawamus Chief. 'The Chief' is one of British Columbia's best-known areas for rock climbing with numerous climbs available.

Shannon Falls
The Stawamus Chief also offers a very steep hiking trail up to three different points where you'll enjoy a beautiful view of Howe Sound and Squamish below. One trailhead starts near Shannon Falls - a very popular area for tourists - well-known for its beautiful waterfall with lots of parking available.

SORCA - Squamish Off-Road Cycling
There are other hikes and mountain bike trails throughout the whole region stretching north-east into Whistler. The local bike society, SORCA - (Squamish Off-Road Cycling Association) has developed some excellent trails that offer lots of diversity throughout the region for you to enjoy.

  • SORCA - Squamish Off-Road Cycling Association

'Test of Metal'
Happening every year in June Squamish also plays host to perhaps the most successful mountain bike races in North America. The race called 'Test of Metal' offers 800 riders a cross-country mountain bike race course 67 km (42 miles) through the backcountry around Squamish.

Windsurfing and Kitesailing
For windsurfing and kitesailing, the late afternoon Howe Sound winds offer some excellent opportunities. Well-known for the ferocity flowing through Howe Sound, the winds will present you with some of BC's best for these sports.

Squamish Days
One of the best logger sport festival happens every year in Squamish called Squamish Days. If you happen to be here on the BC Day August long weekend expect to see an excellent celebration that commemorates the local economy and the proud heritage that exists in Squamish.

Squamish Classics Show 'n Shine
If you enjoy hot rods and antique cars, try and make it to the Squamish Classics Show 'n Shine which also happens during Squamish Days' Festival in August.

There are two golf courses in the Squamish area where you can play both offering beautiful settings. The 18-hole Squamish Valley Public Golf Course plays along Mamquam River is located in the Garibaldi Estates at 2458 Mamquam Road. Then there is the new 18-hole course called Garibaldi Springs located off Hwy 99 just north of the Garibaldi Estates.

Brohm Lake
There are quite a few swimming lakes around which can provide a welcome break from the summer's heat of Squamish. Brohm Lake, located just north of Brakendale, is one of the best swimming lakes in British Columbia. With walking paths, crystal clear water, nice rocks to dive off set in the spectacular beauty of the 'Sea-to-Sky' country, it's hard to argue.

Squamish Lakes
Other nearby Squamish lakes include Alice, Browning, Butterfly, Cat, Edith, Fawn, Garibaldi, Lewis, Lucille, Pilchuk, Starvation and Stump Lake. There is also a 25-metre (83-feet) indoor swimming pool at the Brennan Park Recreation Centre. Remember if you do go to Brohm Lake vehicle parking there can be a little hard to get, so arrive early.

Alice Lake Provincial Park
There is a campground at Alice Lake Provincial Park located just next to Brakendale making it convenient to camp and enjoy the Squamish area. From Alice Lake Provincial Park there are numerous routes and paths making it possible to explore the landscape around Brakendale by mountain bike or hiking. Porteau Cove Provincial Park just south of Squamish has a campground as well, just make sure you get a reservation.

Mount Garibaldi
Hot topic going around Squamish is the future development of Mount Garibaldi. There are plans to have is a full four-season recreational destination. Now proposed in the plans are on-site condominiums, high-speed chairlifts, and hiking trails throughout. Mount Garibaldi Provincial Park has always been a favourite with the locals and now it can only get better.

Squamish to Powell River
Another controversial subject going around is a proposal that has been made for the construction of a road from Squamish to Powell River over existing Forest Service roads going near the Elaho Valley. This would help cut the need for ferry service via Langdale near Gibsons and Earls Cove near Egmont.

Elaho Valley
Located about 102 km (64 miles) out of Squamish via the Squamish River and Valley the Elaho Valley is perhaps the most sacred area for the local First Nations of Squamish. The Elaho Valley in the past was subject of the logging interests clashing with environmental protests. Now environmentally protected the Elaho Valley can give you the opportunity to view one thousand year old trees in the wild.

Good Meal or Beverage
Squamish has a few good places to catch a good meal or beverage. A couple of notable places include the Howe Sound Brewing Company where you can enjoy a cottage brewery with a beautiful view of the 'The Chief.' The other pub across Hwy 99 from the Chevron Service Station and Sea-to-Sky hotel at Garibaldi Estates is called the Shady Tree. Then if you are downtown go to Chef Big D's on Cleveland Avenue.

Information on Squamish

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Map of Squamish
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View of Squamish from "The Chief"
View of Squamish from "The Chief"


Stawamus Chief
Stawamus Chief


Shannon Falls
Shannon Falls


Hike up "The Chief"
Hike up "The Chief"


Porteau Cove Provincial Marine Park
Porteau Cove Provincial Park


Scenes Along Bike Trail
Scenes Along Bike Trail


Stawamus Chief View
Stawamus Chief View


Up the Squamish Valley
Up the Squamish Valley


Lake Lucille
Lake Lucille

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