Welcome to the District of Squamish, the Outdoor Recreation Capital of Canada!
The problem with a website is that it can’t begin to describe the incredible place we call Squamish.
We are called the Outdoor Recreation Capital of Canada for a reason. Our unequaled location is at the head of a glacially etched fjord on the Pacific Ocean, at the base of the second largest granite monolith in the world, in the middle of a beautiful temperate rainforest and at the confluence of many salmon bearing rivers. We also happen to be located half way between the 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Host cities of Vancouver, one of the most beautiful cities in the world and Whistler the best ski resort in North America. We are also a convenient base for what is perhaps the most magnificent Nordic sports facility in the world at the Callaghan Valley.
Our heritage is also extremely rich. We are in the traditional territory of the Coast Salish Peoples of the Squamish Nation. Later European settlers pioneered endeavors such as agriculture, forestry, mining, and tourism. More recently we have welcomed people from all over the world including a very active Indo-Canadian community.
This marriage of an unsurpassed location and industrious people has produced a community teeming with activity. Volunteers in our community have assisted with the creation of golf courses, world class mountain bike trails, rock climbing parks, an airport, hospital, a variety of festivals such as Squamish Day’s Logger’s Sports, Test of Metal, Diwali, Celebration of the 5th Guru, SERF, Brackendale Fall Fair, the Farmer’s Market, Rumble at the Rock and many more. Our baseball, soccer fields and ice rink are rarely empty. The Squamish Minor Soccer Association alone coordinates a league of over 800 youths. Our location is also an inspiration for the second largest per capita population of artists in Canada.
Squamish is home to the West Coast Railway Heritage Park and is complimented by the BC Museum of Mining. Visitors to our area can learn more about these and other amenities at the Squamish Adventure Centre, the distinct design of which showcases our local architecture and wood products. The design also pays homage to the fact that we are home to the largest wintering round of the bald eagle on the West Coast. These magnificent raptors can be enjoyed in the winter months along the Squamish river shore at the Brackendale Eagle viewing area.
Since you are on this website you too have now discovered the place we call Squamish. At the District of Squamish we are entrusted with the stewardship of this community. We hope that this website is of assistance to residents and visitors alike in finding the information you require to enjoy and enhance our community. We also extend a warm welcome for you to contact us by email, telephone or in person, if we can be of any further assistance.
Mayor Greg Gardner
The Squamish Chief
Looking into Downtown and Highway 99
Link : http://squamish.ca/