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Hundreds of kilometres of trails for mountain biking, walking or running, Thousands of rock climbing routes, three golf courses, 6 rivers to kayak or fish, and local lakes, all on the ocean and surrounded by mountains and forests. What more do you need to know about Squamish?
In the past Squamish has been an agricultural and industrial town, with industries like hop farming, forestry, pulp production and the railways defining the major industries of the town. While some of that still exists, much of it has given way to the overwhelming recreational draw of the area. However, Squamish has yet to lose its authentic small town sensibilities and charm.
With 40 to 50 minute drives to Vancouver and Whistler, many workers in these locations have chosen to make Squamish their home. Some are here for the phenomenal recreation Squamish has to offer, whereas others enjoy the close knit community feel. The population of Squamish was 14,949 in the last census, but look for that number to be substantially higher in the upcoming years.
Some very big things on the horizon for Squamish are the opening of Quest University, a private, secular university , an expansion of the Capilano College campus, and numerous housing projects. And every year, new trails are built and more climbs are initiated.
Welcome to Squamish BC, proudly proclaimed the Outdoor Recreation Capital of Canada. Nestled by powerful mountains, lush forests, glistening glaciers, flowing waterfalls and the calm ocean, Squamish is an outdoor paradise.
With a plethora of recreational activities, there is something for everyone.
With most of the town backing onto forest, Squamish offers some of the best hiking trails. Ranging from gentle walks to vigorous hikes, choose either short strolls or long day trips! The most popular hikes include hiking up the back of the Stawamus Chief, the Four Lakes trail, and Mount Garibaldi.
Being internationally recognized for the stunning Squamish Chief, the second largest granite monolith in the world, Squamish has become a famous climbing spot. With other rock climbing sites such as the Smoke Bluffs and Comic Rocks, there’s a suitable climb for every skill level. Certified local climbers also teach lessons for beginners.
With a rugged landscape, Squamish is the ideal spot for biking. Hosting the famous Test of Metal year after year, Squamish is known as a biking hotspot. Try coasting along Jack’s trail, or if you’re feeling daring, try your hand at the Powerhouse Plunge! Or better yet, explore Squamish and find a trail of your own.
Squamish is home to the Squamish Valley Golf and Country Club and the new Garibaldi Springs executive course. Enjoy the Squamish Valley’s squash facilities and gourmet restaurant, a great way to complement a fantastic day of golf.
Sail down the breezy Cheakamus River or race down the whitewater rapids of the Elaho. Local outfitters offer guided tours, equipment, a barbeque, pickups, and special packages. Fun for the whole family!
Head on down to the Squamish Spit to either try windsurfing or watch! You can rent equipment and Howe Sound Juice Co while grabbing a delicious smoothie.
What better way to trek through Squamish’s forests and gushing rivers, than on horseback? Sea to Sky Stables offers personalized horseback riding tours, group packages, and birthday parties as well. Fun for all ages, it’s an experience that you just can’t miss.