Squamish, British Columbia. The town of Squamish, BC, Canada

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Royal Hudson at Squamish, BC
"Royal Hudson 2860 at Heritage Park" -- Photo Courtesy of the West Coast Railway Association

Squamish, BC

Driving north from Horseshoe Bay's BC Ferries terminal you will be taken along one of the world's most breathtaking stretches of oceanside road, the Sea to Sky Highway (Highway 99).

A mere 60 km (37 mi.) north of Vancouver, BC, takes you to a whole new world -- nestled where the glacial-silted waters of the Squamish River meet the Pacific Ocean. Enticing ocean coves are just waiting to be explored, towering cliffs waiting to be climbed and endless trails to be hiked or biked are just of few of the things you will see. These are but of few of the vistas and outdoor activities waiting for a visitor to Squamish -- the "Outdoor Recreation Capitol of Canada".

Squamish River
"Squamish River" -- photo couresty of the District of Squamish

Visitors not only come to Squamish for the camping, fishing and other outdoor sports but also to take advantage of the BC historical sites in the area such as the mining museum and heritage park.

There are many communities and facilities close to Squamish that have a variety of activities.

To the north, the four season mountain resort village of Whistler offers world class skiing and hiking while the many provincial parks offer endless opportunities for outdoor recreation.

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Accommodations: There are hotels, motels and B&B accommodations in Squamish as well as numerous lodges, resorts and public/private campsites close by.

Population: 15,359 (Stats Can 1999)

Access: Squamish is accessible by car, train, bus, and air. Highway 99 provides easy access to the Lower Mainland to the south (Vancouver is 60km / 37miles away) and to the Interior of British Columbia to the north and east. The community also has rail links serviced by BC Rail, a natural deep-sea port, and a small municipal airport

Photo Courtesy of Garry Broeckling

Recreation Facilities & Activities: golf, windsurfing at Squamish Spit (one of the top 10 windsurfing locations in the world), mountain and rock climbing , fishing, camping, hiking, one of BC's premiere mountain biking communities, ATV Tours, scuba diving (Porteau Cove is a Provincial marine park, with man-made reefs and a wall dive, is ideal for divers of all levels), kayaking, canoeing, & whitewater rafting, eagle viewing (Nov - Jan)

Local Attractions: BC Museum of Mining, M.V. Britannia Tours, Royal Hudson Steam Train, Shannon Falls, Stawamus Chief the world's second largest granite monolith, West Coast Railway Heritage Park, Porteau Cove Provincial Marine Park, art gallery, air tours, Garibaldi Provincial Park, Alice Lake Provincial Park, Brittania Beach
Photo couresty of the District of Squamish

Annual Events:
January: Annual Bald Eagle Count and Festival
June: Test of Metal Mountain Bike Race, Amateur Golf Tournament
July: Sea To Sky Trail Ride, Squamish Triathlon
August - Squamish Days Logger Sports
September: Art Walk and Studio Gallery Tour
December - Christmas Lights in the Park, Royal Hudson Jingle Bell express

For Information:
Squamish & Howe Sound Chamber of Commerce/Tourist Information
37950 Cleveland Ave., Box 1009, Squamish BC, V0N 3G0
Telephone: (604) 892-9244 • Fax (604) 892-2034

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Vancouver, British Columbia V5L 3Y3
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