British Columbia Travel Guide
The unofficial BC Travel & Tourism Guide

 
Following the recession of the last ice age, Squamish’s famous landmark emerged during this extraordinary eruptions of fire and ice occurring with the Pacific plates sliding and the water and ice surging around a former volcano. Mount Garibaldi stands today over looking the town of Squamish and the old magma chamber of this volcano which remains is known as The Stawamus Chief, the world’s second largest granite monolith. Professional climbers have brought the area great national and international attention. Along with the growth of Whistler Ski Resort approximately one hour’s drive north.

Squamish also treasures another well portrayed landmark, which is sought out by photographers, leisure sailors and painters, is the Howe Sound. Dramatic in a morning’s mist, luminescent at dusk and a boater’s delight in the sunshine, this popular setting is part of the scenic Squamish daily lifestyle, adventure and cultural past.

Squamish boasts the title as the "Outdoor Recreation Capital of Canada", which is quite a statement considering that one could easily pass through the small town it were not for its bold landmarks and hill side highway views into the heart of the town. Yet, it seems the shared community will and natural attributes strongly support and environment that offers (almost) limitless outdoor recreation year round!

Population: 15,500+

Highlights:
Fantastic Array of Outdoor Adventures and Adventure Services
Mount Garibaldi & The Stawamus Chief
Howe Sound
12 Lakes and Recreation Centre for water enjoyment
Brackendale's Eagle Viewing
Walking, Rafting and Skiing Tours
Climbing sites: The Little Smoke Bluffs, Murrin Provincial Park, Comic Rocks and Cheakamus Canyon
Pacific Salmon Fishing and Lake Fresh Water Trout Fishing
Yacht Club

History:
The first human inhabitants arriving after the ice age would have appeared here over 5,000 years ago. The Sko-mish, or “Squamish” First Nations tribes were supported by the rich forested living and dense abundance of land and water fresh food sources.
During the voyage of Captain George Vancouver, in the 1700’s, the crew would discover many of British Columbia’s shorelines (islands and the mainland). In June of 1792, they would arrive at Darrell Bay, in Howe Sound, just south of Squamish.
By 1889, farming families and gold rush adventures had become familiar with the area in passage or to settle. As families settled they grew dairy farms in nearby Brakendale. Forestry took over soon after and became the areas base economy. After the railway in 1956 and Sea-to-Sky Highway were complete Squamish was no longer solely dependant on transportation of goods or products by sea.

Climate:
Summer average between 20 - 28 degrees Celsius
Winter average between 0 - 10 degrees Celsius
Wet West Coastal Rainforest rainfall occurs periodically during the Fall and Spring keeping the area lush green. Winter may have periods of snowfall at sea level, however the majority of snowfall keeps to the higher elevations, which can be seen on the nearby mountain peaks.

 

Squamish Accommodations

Tantalus View Retreat, Warren  Brubacher, Brackendale

Tantalus View Retreat, Warren Brubacher, Brackendale

Filmed by BC Tourism for a TV commercial advertising SuperNatural BC. The Tantalus View Retreat is a perfect destination for a romantic getaway, a special occasion or simply an escape from "the rat race".

Brackendale, V0N 1H0, P.O. Box 215
Ph. (250)634-1442

(Accommodations, Cabin - Log Cabin - Cottage, Vacation Rentals | Ecotourism | Workshops/Classes, Art Workshops)
Sunwolf, Brackendale

Sunwolf, Brackendale

Just 45mins from Vancouver, and 30mins from Whistler, on the banks of the Cheakamus & Cheekye rivers, Sunwolf has been dedicated to running the most professional whitewater rafting trips in the Sea to Sky corridor! With riverside cabins, cafe & hot tub!

» Basic Cabin from: $ 100.00 per night
» Cabin with Kitchenette from: $ 110.00 per night
» more ...
Brackendale, V0N 1H0, 70002 Squamish Valley Road, P.O Box 244
Ph. (877) 806 8046 or 604 898 1537

(Accommodations, Cabin - Log Cabin - Cottage | Adventures/Outdoors/Sports, Biking/Mountain Biking, Canoeing/Kayaking, Climbing, Fishing, Hiking, Horseback riding, Rafting, Wildlife)
D's B&B in Brackendale, Brackendale

D's B&B in Brackendale, Brackendale

Outdoor Recreation Capital's Hot Spot B&B in Brackendale

Brackendale, V0N 1H0, 42044 Birken Rd
Ph. 604-815-1535

(Accommodations, Bed and Breakfast, Vacation Rentals)

 

 


Squamish Things to Do

Sunwolf, Brackendale

Sunwolf, Brackendale

Just 45mins from Vancouver, and 30mins from Whistler, on the banks of the Cheakamus & Cheekye rivers, Sunwolf has been dedicated to running the most professional whitewater rafting trips in the Sea to Sky corridor! With riverside cabins, cafe & hot tub!

» Basic Cabin from: $ 100.00 per night
» Cabin with Kitchenette from: $ 110.00 per night
» more ...
Brackendale, V0N 1H0, 70002 Squamish Valley Road, P.O Box 244
Ph. (877) 806 8046 or 604 898 1537

(Accommodations, Cabin - Log Cabin - Cottage | Adventures/Outdoors/Sports, Biking/Mountain Biking, Canoeing/Kayaking, Climbing, Fishing, Hiking, Horseback riding, Rafting, Wildlife)