Stawamus Chief - Squamish, BC.

Travel Spotlight

Squamish

Squamish has a natural that is hard to miss. From the mountains and lakes, to the impressive wildlife, this region has it all. The area houses many incredible natural landmarks that are a sight to behold all-year-round. In addition to being prime a rock-climbing destination, the Stawamus Chief, which towers 600 m (~2,000 ft) above Squamish, offers hikes with breath-taking views. It is the 2nd tallest freestanding granite monolith in the world. The Shannon Falls, which drops from 335 m (1,105 ft) above its base, makes a very impressive sight rising above the Howe Sound. As the 3rd tallest falls in BC, it’s incredibly easy access, and well-kept trails, makes Shannon Falls one of the most popular picnicking, and hiking spots in the area. The Porteau Cove is a provincial marine park with man-made reefs, a cliff dive, and three sunken ships plus other wrecks, ideal for divers of all levels.

Squamish Suspension Bridge

Squamish Suspension Bridge

The area’s many provincial parks also offer numerous outdoor activities for hikers, boaters, and wind-surfers. In the summer, when the sun shines, the thermal winds allow surfers to reach speeds exceeding 65 km (37 mi) an hour. Wildlife lovers should know that this region also houses the greatest concentration of wintering bald-eagles. Between November and March, thousands of these birds call the area home.

In addition to the natural beauty of Squamish, visitors can also see the West Coast Railway Heritage Park, which is the ‘Home of the Royal Hudson’ and Western Canada’s largest collection of heritage railway equipment dating back to 1890. Another site of historic significance in the region is the newly transformed Britannia Mine Museum which celebrates the contribution of mining and minerals to society.

The community of Brackendale is just 8.5 km (5.3 mi) north along highway 99. It is still within the district of Squamish, and well worth the trip.

The Chief at Squamish

 

Location

Squamish is located 64 km (40 mi) north of Vancouver via Trans Canada Highway 1 and Highway 99 – the scenic Sea to Sky Highway – and 67 km (37 mi) south of Whistler. A frequent daily direct shuttle bus service is available from Vancouver Airport (YVR) and Downtown Vancouver via Pacific Coach Lines. A daily return service is also available.

A Step Back in Time

Some 5,000 years ago, descendants of the people who made their epic journey from Asia across a frozen Bering Strait and down the Alaskan Panhandle to Howe Sound, still live in the area today. The Sko-mish or Squamish people hunted, trapped, fished and raised their families here.
In June 1872, British Explorer Captain George Vancouver sailed into Howe Sound and noted it as “a most uninhabitable place”. Traders, gold seekers and adventurers followed during the next century and in 1889 a couple from Manitoba arrived and started to farm the land. Other people came to farm but forestry eventually took over from farming as the foundation for the economy in Squamish.
The town had its beginning during the construction of the Pacific Great Eastern Railway around 1910. In 1956 the railway arrived, linking Squamish to Vancouver, and it was the railway’s first southern terminus. Soon after the main highway was built, today known as the Sea to Sky Highway.
With the development and growth of Whistler to the north, outdoor enthusiasts came to the area and today tourism is a significant driving force in the economy of the area.

Porteau Cover in the evening at Squamish.

Contact Information

Tourism Squamish

Squamish & Nearby Accommodations

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Klahanie Campground & RV Park

Klahanie Campground & RV Park

Squamish

Prime location across from Shannon Falls and the Sea to Sky Gondola. Enjoy breathtaking views of the waterfall, The Chief, Howe Sound and Mount Garibaldi. Arrive any time as we are open 365 days a year or email us to reserve creek side tenting or a private ocean view RV site. Enjoy the areas trails, ... Read more
Cheekye Ranch

Cheekye Ranch

SQUAMISH

Enjoy stunning views of the famous Tantalus Range. Relax with the peace and quiet of the forest. Watch the eagles feast on salmon from almost 70 acres bordering the banks of the Cheakamus River. ... Read more
Paradise Valley Campground

Paradise Valley Campground

Squamish

Wilderness campsites in a light forest setting; 30 acres of property to enjoy. Walking trails between sites and river. Steep 1 hr. hike to Brohm Lake for swimming and more hiking. True comfort for outdoor enthusiasts and clean flush toilets and pay showers. Radio free, except with earphones/quiet gu ... Read more
Whistler RV Park & Campground

Whistler RV Park & Campground

Whistler

Whistler RV Park and Campgrounds is a peaceful and picturesque destination located 7 kms west of Whistler Creekside, with convenient access to the Sea-to-Sky Hwy. The park has spectacular views of Whistler Mountain, Black Tusk and the surrounding area. Whistler RV is perfect for your next vacation. ... Read more
Riverside (Whistler) | A Parkbridge Camping & RV Resort

Riverside (Whistler) | A Parkbridge Camping & RV Resort

Whistler

Whistler’s Year Round Resort Campground! We offer a range of accommodation, including fully serviced, winterized RV sites, private, walk-in tent sites, rustic yurts and cozy log cabins. Our unique yurts are surrounded by large trees with breathtaking views of mountain peaks and the valley. The log ... Read more
Greenwood Country Inn

Greenwood Country Inn

Pemberton

Relax and unwind in a luxurious Chalet style home at Greenwood Country Inn. Enjoy exceptional European hospitality in our marvelous post and beam inn near Whistler! Guests are treated to breathtaking views, the wilderness, and fantastic bird watching. We offer gorgeous well-appointed private guest s ... Read more
4 Pines Motel

4 Pines Motel

Lillooet

Immerse yourself in the beauty of glacial mountain peaks, deep canyons and roadside wildlife on your travels to 4 Pines Motel in Lillooet. While staying with us enjoy the spectacular scenery around and clean, comfortable rooms. Our friendly staff will assist you in choosing the most appropriate acco ... Read more
Fraser Cove Campground & Guest Cottage

Fraser Cove Campground & Guest Cottage

Lillooet

Fraser Cove Campground & Guest Cabin offers a quiet setting along the Fraser River for a relaxing vacation. The scenery is spectacular with breathtaking views of mountains and the river. Situated beside the water, our campground is secluded from noise allowing a good night’s sleep. We offer full h ... Read more
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