Because it’s not only where you live, but how you live that matters. In Squamish, your backyard is more than the space behind your home. Here is a small sampling of how the locals of Squamish like to live. Come and find out all the ways to play.
Squamish is located at the head of the majestic Howe Sound, North America’s southernmost fjord where the salt water of the Pacific Ocean meets and mingles with the fresh water of the Squamish River. Whether it’s SUP, kiteboarding, sailing, or kayaking, this unique outdoor place is heaven for all those who love the wind on their face and the waves underfoot.
Get off the highway and jump in an ocean kayak to take the scenic route from Squamish down to Britannia for morning coffee at Galileo Coffee Company or a picnic at Porteau Cove.
Tackle mother nature on her home turf. Head out to the famous Squamish Spit with your kite and your board and fly across the waves. Nothing but you, the wind and the water.
Build scenic sandcastles at Nexen Beach with stellar views of the Squamish Chief as the backdrop. Watch the waves roll in with a picnic from a local downtown restaurant. At this dog-friendly beach, your pooch can join in the play too.
From the iconic Stawamus Chief to the picturesque Tantalus range and beyond Squamish is the place where the sea meets the sky. Locals know these peaks and valleys are more than postcard-worthy pictures, they are our own personal playground.
Bouldering to Beer in Ten Minutes. Snuggled at the base of the Chief, The Grand Wall Boulders are mere minutes away from the handcrafted beer at Howe Sound Brew Pub.
Earn Your Turns and tackle the Stl’lhalem Sintl’ Legacy Climb mountain bike trail up to access the newly built Spélhx̱en tl’a Stl’lhalem (Meadow of the Grizzly) and feel the wind on your face all the way down.
Play above the clouds at the Sea to Sky Gondola. With tubing and snowshoeing in the winter, hiking in the summer and a play structure and lodge, it’s perfect for the whole family.
From the lakes and rivers you can spot from the highway to those sweet local secrets hidden away off the beaten path, Squamish really does have it all. Dip a toe, cast your rod, paddle upstream, or take a flying leap off the dock. Find your favourite watering hole.
Feeling like a little Zen? Head out to Alice Lake for SUP Yoga. The calm waters will do wonders for your stressed-out mind.
Jump in a raft and confront the class 3 and 4 rapids of the Elaho-Squamish River head on. If you can tear your eyes away from the glacier-fed waters, you’ll be blown away by the scenery.
A local classic when it comes to family fun, Alice Lake has it all. Come for the day with a picnic or spend a few days camping. Float in the warm water, run wild on the playground, or test your bike in the kids’ skills park or on the nearby trails.