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2014 marks the 100th anniversary of the name “Squamish”; the name changed in 1914 from Newport to Squamish. That same year, a first attempt at incorporation took second place to war. Officially the Village of Squamish was incorporated in 1948; the road connecting Squamish to Vancouver built in 1958. The Squamish or Skwxwú7mesh first inhabited this part of BC, followed by settlers who became farmers in the Squamish Valley in the mid to late 1880’s.
In preparation for the 2010 Olympic Games, the Provincial Government completed a six hundred million dollar upgrade to the Sea to Sky Highway, resulting in an improvement in vehicle safety and an easier commute. Commute time from Squamish to Vancouver is now less than the commute times to Vancouver from many communities in the Lower Mainland including Maple Ridge, Mission, Langley, Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Cloverdale and Whiterock, and the route is far more scenic. Many residents work locally, others commute to North and West Vancouver, the city of Vancouver, Whistler and Pemberton.
The 2010 Olympic Games brought worldwide attention to the beauty of the Sea to Sky region and many tourists to Squamish. With Murrin, Garibaldi, Alice Lake, the Stawamus Chief, Shannon Falls, the Mamquam River and the ocean within the Squamish community, tourists continue to visit Squamish regularly because of its spectacular natural environment, and world-class recreational opportunities. Many become full time residents.
Dubbed the “Outdoor Recreation Capital of Canada”, residents and tourists alike take full advantage of the world-class recreational opportunities – wind and kite surfing, rock climbing, mountain biking, hiking, rafting and backcountry skiing are among many options. In addition to fishing and golfing, birdwatchers flock to the estuary and to the dike to watch the eagles who return here to feed each winter. The small town setting, spectacular natural environment, and world-class recreational opportunities make for an incredible, one-of-a-kind lifestyle that few places in the world offer.
Squamish has amenities for a range of residents from young families to retirees including a public library, recreation centre, ice arena, auditorium, and aquatic centre, as well as outdoor athletic fields. Education offers both public and private school options; there are six elementary schools, two high schools and two successful universities. Quest University has developed an international reputation for its innovative program. Transportation infrastructure in Squamish includes a deep sea port, airport bus, Greyhound, local transit, rail and intermodal facilities. Squamish also has a full service modern hospital and several choices for assisted living, including the new Eaglewind Seniors Activity Centre.
Squamish residents are diverse and talented people who are dedicated to this community. From concern for the health and well-being of each other, to working hard to balance development and business initiatives with recreation and natural conservation, residents of Squamish are passionate.
Why Squamish? Squamish and the Sea to Sky Corridor offers some of the most beautiful scenery in the world, a range of local business and development opportunities, an easy commute to work along the Sea to Sky corridor, a safe place to raise children or to retire, and an amazing place to call home.
25 Things To Do For Spring Break in Squamish
Spring in Squamish is all about taking a break to reset, recharge and get out there to sample new sights, new flavours and new adventures. We've put a spring twist on our list of 25 things to do this season in and around Squamish.
1. Catch your lunch! Murrin Park’s Browning Lake is both easily accessible and stocked annually with approximately 4,000 Rainbow Trout. Fishing for the first time? Get some pointers from the pros at Valley Fishing Guides.
2. Take a ride on the Dinosaur Train, on from March 20 to 25 at West Coast Railway Heritage Park (Tickets: $27).
3. Book a staycation! Save up to 25% with the Executive Suites Hotel & Resort Spring Escape Special and receive bonus discounts on Sea to Sky Gondola passes and adventure tours.
4. Visit Shannon Falls, BC’s third tallest falls and a favourite local picnic spot.
5. Take the family for all-you-can-eat pasta, every Friday night at the Squamish Valley Golf & Country Club. Adults eat for just $13.99 and kids pay according to their age up to age 12. (For example, a 4 year old eats for $4.99).
7. Stock up on fresh produce and locally made goods at the Squamish Winter Farmers’ Market. The next market takes place on Saturday March 21 at Squamish Elementary School, 38370 Buckley Avenue.
8. Scour the shorelines for driftwood, rocks and other ocean treasures at Nexen Beach.
9. Travel like it’s 1914 at the historic Britannia Mine Museum where visitors can pan for gold and sit on the original throne used in the Copper Queen pageant.
12. Pack a Porteau Cove picnic. While you’re there, scout out your favourite campsites as it’s one of the best spots for waterfront camping.
13. Learn about our local ecosystems at the Squamish River Estuary.
14. Stock up on everything you need for your next spring adventure! Valhalla Pure Outfitters is your one-stop-shop for clothing, equipment, maps and gear rentals.
15. Rent a movie for the kids and book a Date Night for yourselves! Here are 5 Squamish date night ideas.
16. Book a tee time at Furry Creek Golf Course, now open for the season.
17. Spend the morning or afternoon at On The Farm Country Market where you’ll find everything you need for spring gardening, a playground and toy shop for the kids, sweet treats and really good coffee.
18. Take a trip to Stan Clarke Park, one of our favourite places to picnic and play, located on Second Avenue between Victoria and Main Street.
19. Practice your tricks at our local BMX track.
20. Take Sunday morning off. Head to Sunwolf's Fergie’s Cafe for coffee and bennies galore.
22. Break for gelato at Caffe Garibaldi, located inside the Squamish Adventure Centre.
23. Try Glow in the Dark Skating! The special skate takes place Sunday March 29, from 5:30-7:30pm at Brennan Park. Be sure to check out their ice rink schedule for other public skate times throughout spring break.
24. Get an even better look at the entire Sea to Sky region from above with Glacier Air whose flight tours offer a bird's eye view of our local paradise.
25. #exploresquamish from Smoke Bluffs Park and check out all of the rock climbers taking advantage of our giant playground.
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Listing information last updated on December 4th, 2023 at 8:15pm PST.