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Squamish [13] is a town in the Sea to Sky region of British Columbia. Located half-way between Vancouver and Whistler, Squamish calls itself The Outdoor Recreation Capital of Canada due to the abundant Rock Climbing, Hiking, Mountain Biking, Golf, Fishing, Kayaking, Bouldering, White Water Rafting, Horseback Riding, Scuba Diving, Kite Surfing and other activities readily available in the area. A new Gondola will take tourists & hikers to the top off the Squamish Chief Opening Summer 2014. Howe Sound is a Fjord, but was named long before the word Fjord became common place in English.

Get in[edit]

Stawamus Chief

Squamish is on Highway 99 (AKA Sea to Sky Highway), 60 km north of downtown Vancouver (about a 45 minute drive). The town is also serviced by long distance bus companies. Note that Vancouver's public transit operates only as far north as Lions Bay, and does not reach Squamish.

  • YVR Skylynx, [14] stops in Squamish enroute from YVR Vancouver Airport, Vancouver City Centre to Whistler. 16 departures during the winter and 8 during the summer with modern luxury coaches. Free Wi-Fi, washrooms onboard and extra legroom. Children are 50% off and infants under 5 go free.
  • Perimeter Bus, +1 604 717-6600, [15]. Runs direct from Vancouver's airport to Squamish with their YVR-Squamish Express service. 6 daily departures in winter.
  • Squamish Party Bus, Squamish BC, [1]. Roomy 14 passenger charter bus, Sightseeing of Squamish & Whistler, YVR airport service, transfers within Squamish.  edit
  • Landsea Tours & Charters (Vancouver Tours), (Can also book them through many Whistler Hotels), 604-255-7272 (toll free: 1-877-669-2277, ), [2]. Roomy 14 passenger charter bus, Sightseeing of Squamish & Whistler, YVR airport service, transfers within Squamish. > "$$"lat="".  edit

Get around[edit]

Squamish sprawls over a large area for a town of its size, so a car is the easiest way to get around. Hitch-hiking is extremely popular along highway 99, especially amongst outdoor sports enthusiasts.

See[edit][add listing]

The "Royal Hudson" at the West Coast Railway Heritage Park
  • Eagle Run, Government Rd, near the Easter Seal Camp (Turn west off Highway 99 at Garibaldi Way -- a right turn if coming from Whistler; left turn from Vancouver -- a Petrocan, 7-11, and Husky mark the corner. Turn right on Government Rd at the T-junction 30 m later, and wind down the road about 1km. There is ample parking next to the Easter Seal Camp/Camp Summit area.). Between mid-November and late February, Squamish hosts hundreds of Bald Eagles who winter here and feast on the plentiful salmon coming up the rivers to spawn. The most popular viewing area is Eagle Run on the Squamish River. There are a number of interpretive displays and seats in the viewing area. Eaglewatch volunteers usually staff the viewing area on weekends from Dec to early Feb and may set up telescopes at the interpretive centre. Free. (49.75234,-123.14147) edit
  • Shannon Falls Provincial Park, Highway 99 & Shannon Falls Park Rd (turn at the lights 2 km south of Squamish). Shannon Falls are the third highest falls in British Columbia at 335 meters. The main trail is a paved ten minute walk from the parking lot to a viewpoint at the bottom of the falls. Another, steeper trail (also about ten minutes), leads to a second viewpoint. There are also other hiking trails in the park and some rock climbing routes. (49.67103,-123.15776) edit
  • West Coast Railway Heritage Park, 39645 Government Rd, +1 604 898-9336, [3]. 10AM-5PM. A treasure trove of old train paraphernalia reflecting Western Canada's Heritage. The star attraction is "The Royal Hudson", a steam train currently being restored there, but there are a variety of cars and locomotives to see and tour. The 3 km miniature train ride is good fun for kids of all ages. $10/$12/$15 (students/seniors/adults). (49.728,-123.23515) edit

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  • Alice Lake Provincial Park, (Access road is 11 km north of Squamish on Hwy 99). Four lakes with a number of trails connecting them. There are a couple of beaches on Alice Lake, and hiking and mountain biking trails nearby. (49.77917,-123.12439) edit
  • Rafting - Squamish has amazing rafting on the Elaho and Squamish Rivers a mere 25 miles north of the town in the Squamish Valley. The rapids are class 3 and 4, including the spectacular "Devils Elbow". Canadian Outback Adventures [16] is the primary outfitter in this region.
  • Rock Climbing - Squamish is world renowned among climbers. The towering granite monolith, the Stawamus Chief, serves as the primary draw. There are over 600 established routes in the area, most of them traditional in nature, requiring the placement of gear for protection. There are many sport routes in the area with fixed/bolted protection though the majority of sport climbing in the area is along the Squamish-Whistler corridor. The boulders located at the base of the Stawamus Chief are starting to attract many climbers. This is to be partially attributed to the Climbing DVD 'Rampage' staring Chris Sharma. There are several quality guide books available for the established climbers as well as several commercial guides for hire.
  • Stawamus Chief Provincial Park, Highway 99 (1 km south of town). The park provides a number of hiking trails that lead to each of the three peaks on the Stawamus Chief. It takes some effort to get to the top but the views of Howe Sound and the Squamish River valley are outstanding. Hiking times range from 3-6 hours, with the hike to the first peak being the shortest.  edit
  • Sailing (Canadian Coastal Sailing), 37778 Loggers Lane, Squamish, BC, [4]. Squamish is one of the best places in the world to sail. Located at the head of North America's southern-most fjord, glacier capped mountains rise from the Pacific waters to create stunning views from the protected waters below. Steady, predictable winds practically assure a great day of sailing everyday between May and Sept. $99-139.  edit


  • Squamish Valley Golf & Country Club (Squamish Golf Club), 2458 Mamquam Rd (Turn off Hwy99 AKA Sea to Sky, East onto Mamquam Rd by the Canadain Tire in Garibaldi Highlands.), (604) 898-9691 (toll free: 1-888-349-3688, ), [5]. Club house, restaurant, & proshop. $$ Moderate.  edit
  • Garibaldi Springs Golf Club (Garibaldi Highlands Golf Club), 40850 Tantalus Road (Turn off Hwy99 AKA Sea to Sky, East onto Garibaldi Highlands by the 7-11 & Gas stations, in 1 block turn North onto Tantalus Rd.), 604-898-8356 (toll free: 1-866-441-4747, ), [6]. Club house & restaurant  edit
  • Furry Creek Golf & Country Club (Furry Creek), (Half way between Vancouver & Squamish.), (604) 896-2224 (toll free: 1-888-922-9462, ), [7]. By the Sea.ClubHouse, Golf Shop and Sea to Sky Restaurant. Known as BC's Most Scenic Golf Course. Made Famous by the Happy Gilmore Movie. $$$.  edit

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Eat[edit][add listing]

Along Highway 99 you'll find the usual fast food fare with a higher concentration near the city center exit.

  • Dragon Terrace Chinese Restaurant, 38037 Cleveland Ave, +1 604 892-3717, [8]. W-M 4PM-10PM. Tasty Chinese meals at affordable prices. $10-15.  edit
  • Howe Sound Brewpub, 37801 Cleveland Ave (at the Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Co), +1 604 892-2603, [9]. Brewpub known for its in-house beers. The menu has a selection of burgers, pizzas and normal pub favourites. Brunch is served on weekends and holidays. There is also a dining room with a different menu and an inn. $6-15 for an appetizer, $11-15 for a main.  edit

Drink[edit][add listing]

  • Chieftain Pub. 38005 Cleveland, (604) 892-9119.
  • Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Company 37801 Cleveland Ave.
  • Cliffside Neighbourhood Pub 1893 Maple, (604) 892-5955. Pool, Kareoke, Bingo. Music Friday and Saturday nights.

Health and Medical[edit]

For medical emergencies call 9-1-1.

  • Squamish Hospital it is located at 38140 Behrner Phone number (604) 892-6060.

If you need a Squamish Chiropractor, Naturopath, or Acupuncture treatment.

  • Skyhigh Lifestyles [17] Call for an appointment at 604-567-1232. Skyhigh Lifestyles 38142 Cleveland Ave in Downtown Squamish, BC

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • August Jack Motor Inn, 37947 Cleveland Avenue, +1 604 892-3504‎, [10]. Non-descrept on the outside but clean and functional rooms. There is high-speed internet in the lobby and most rooms can access the free wifi. Some rooms have kitchenettes. $65-$75, kitchenette $15 extra.  edit
  • Sea To Sky Hotel, 40330 Tantalus Way, +1 604 898-4874 (toll free: 1-866-845-8511), [11]. Choose from standard rooms with two queen beds or one-bedroom suites. Rooms include microwave, mini-fridge and complimentary breakfast. Wireless internet is also available. $139-199.  edit
  • Smokebluff Vacation Rental, 1005 Panorama Place ([email protected]), 1-604-815-0113, [12]. 3 bedrooms house and/or 1 bedroom suite located in the heart of Smokebluff Climbing Park, overlooking Squamish with ocean & mountain views 1-888-812-0113(NA)  edit
  • Stawamus Chief Provincial Park, Highway 99 (1 km south of town). There is ample camping at the provincial park right near the trail heads for the Stawamus Chief. Cooking shelters, outhouses and fresh water taps are provided. Extremely popular with climbers. $8/night.  edit

Get out[edit]

Visiting other spots in the Sea to Sky corridor holds many sightseeing and recreation possibilities:

  • Britannia Beach - 10 minutes south of Squamish by car. It has the BC Mining Museum and scuba diving can be done at nearby Porteau Cove.
  • Garibaldi Provincial Park - hiking to beautiful alpine lakes and vistas.
  • Whistler - 55 km north of town, Whistler is one of the biggest ski resorts in North America and an all-year playground of recreational activities.

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