Hiking the Stawamus Chief, Squamish (Picture BC photo)

Hiking the Stawamus Chief, Squamish

(Picture BC photo)


Squamish Yacht Club (Picture BC photo)

Squamish Yacht Club (Picture BC photo)

Conveniently located between the 2010 Olympic Winter Games host cities of Vancouver and Whistler, Squamish (pop. 16,000) justifiably bills itself as "The Outdoor Recreation Capital of Canada."

Its active, nature-loving citizens invite visitors to join them in rock climbing, river rafting, mountain biking, cross-country skiing, and other signature outdoor activities. This is just one of the reasons the New York Times included Squamish on its list of "52 Places To Go in 2015."

Local provincial parks, rivers, and the sparkling waters of Howe Sound invite exploration. In addition, discover this oceanfront, mountainside community's rich railway, mining, and forestry history.

Outdoor Activities in Squamish 

The breathtaking mountain and ocean views that visitors enjoy while driving along the Sea-to-Sky Highway (Highway 99) to Squamish whet an appetite for outdoor recreation. From Vancouver, Squamish is about an hour's drive, and from Whistler, it's approximately 45 minutes.

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