Welcome to Squamish, BC - the "Outdoor Recreation Capital of Canada".
This spectacular seaside, mountain community is located at the tip of Howe Sound just 45 minutes north of Vancouver and 45 minutes south of Whistler and will be central to the 2010 winter Olympics. Surrounded by the dramatic Coast Range mountains and Pacific Ocean, Squamish offers you and your family world class recreation.
Why Squamish? Squamish has been one of Canada’s “hidden gems” for many years, the incomparable beauty of this valley amazes visitors and residents alike. The geography and climate of the Squamish area offer not only tremendous physical beauty but also world-class recreation opportunities. In fact, Squamish is the Outdoor Recreation Capital of Canada. From hiking, biking, climbing, skiing, snowboarding, bird watching, golfing and sightseeing to sailing, windsurfing, kayaking, white-water rafting and fishing there is truly something for everyone! To learn more about specific activities, check out our Activities Page.
Squamish also boasts the second highest number of residential professional artisans per capita in all of Canada! You can fill days exploring local art galleries, artists’ studios, the local Farmer’s Market and taking in performances by the Howe Sound Performing Arts Association. The Squamish Adventure Centre displays a book of many of the area’s artists and is a great starting point for art lovers.
The film industry has now discovered the Squamish area as well; many movies, television shows and commercials have been filmed here in recent years. Notibly, Free Willy 3, Insomnia, The Big Bank Theory, Double Jeopardy, Are We There Yet?, Walking Tall, X-Files, 3000 Miles to Graceland, Freddy Got Fingered, Andromeda, The Highlander, The Sentinel. Commercials for large companies like: Kellogg’s, Toyota, Ford, Ralph Lauren and Canadian Tire
Come to Squamish and learn why this spectacular seaside mountain town will not be kept secret for long!