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5 Reasons to Visit Squamish, British Columbia

09.12.18

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5 Reasons to Visit Squamish, British Columbia

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  • The Grand Wall of Stawamus Chief.- 5 Reasons to Visit Squamish, British Columbia
  • The view of Howe Sound from the first peak of Stawamus Chief.- 5 Reasons to Visit Squamish, British Columbia
  • The view of the Squamish from the second peak of Stawamus Cheif.- 5 Reasons to Visit Squamish, British Columbia
  • Rock Climbers on the Apron, a section of the Chief.- 5 Reasons to Visit Squamish, British Columbia
  • Upper Shannon Falls on the Sea to Summit Hike.- 5 Reasons to Visit Squamish, British Columbia
  • The Skywalk with Sky Pilot Mountain in the background.- 5 Reasons to Visit Squamish, British Columbia
  • A well-constructed boardwalk along the Sea to Summit Trail.- 5 Reasons to Visit Squamish, British Columbia
  • Elfin Lakes as seen from the Little Diamond Head Trail.- 5 Reasons to Visit Squamish, British Columbia
  • Brew Hut.- 5 Reasons to Visit Squamish, British Columbia
  • Mount Garibaldi to the south of Brew Lake hike and Brew Hut.- 5 Reasons to Visit Squamish, British Columbia
  • Black Tusk.- 5 Reasons to Visit Squamish, British Columbia
  • Hiking back down toward Brew Lake.- 5 Reasons to Visit Squamish, British Columbia
  • Alice Lake along the Four Lakes Trail.- 5 Reasons to Visit Squamish, British Columbia
  • View from the Tantalus Viewpoint off of the High Trail.- 5 Reasons to Visit Squamish, British Columbia
  • A rope swing on the west side of the Brohm Lake with the cliffs visible on the far side.- 5 Reasons to Visit Squamish, British Columbia
  • Exposed rock and beautiful views on Rampage in Valleycliffe.- 5 Reasons to Visit Squamish, British Columbia
  • A drop on Silver Spoon, one of the double-black trails in Valleycliffe.- 5 Reasons to Visit Squamish, British Columbia
  • A rock roll on Meet Yer Maker in the Valleycliffe Trails.- 5 Reasons to Visit Squamish, British Columbia
  • Full Nelson continues the great flow.- 5 Reasons to Visit Squamish, British Columbia
  • The beach on the east side of the Cat Lake.- 5 Reasons to Visit Squamish, British Columbia
  • Cat Lake.- 5 Reasons to Visit Squamish, British Columbia
  • View of Shannon Falls from the lookout.- 5 Reasons to Visit Squamish, British Columbia
  • Mushrooms growing in the moist rainforest on the way up to Shannon Falls.- 5 Reasons to Visit Squamish, British Columbia
  • Porteau Cove on the Howe Sound.- 5 Reasons to Visit Squamish, British Columbia
  • Cliff jumping into Porteau Cove.- 5 Reasons to Visit Squamish, British Columbia
  • Great views of the Sea-to-Sky Corridor from up above.- 5 Reasons to Visit Squamish, British Columbia
  • Take the gondola down or walk the Shannon Falls Trail.- 5 Reasons to Visit Squamish, British Columbia
  • The second gulley on the Sky Pilot Scramble.- 5 Reasons to Visit Squamish, British Columbia
  • The Paul Ridge Red Heather Hut Trail carries on past the outhouse.- 5 Reasons to Visit Squamish, British Columbia
  • The ridge leads back to Elfin Lakes Hut.- 5 Reasons to Visit Squamish, British Columbia
  • The trail side of the Paul Ridge offers beautiful views of Sky Pilot Mountain.- 5 Reasons to Visit Squamish, British Columbia
  • Great terrain around the Paul Ridge Red Heather Hut.- 5 Reasons to Visit Squamish, British Columbia
  • Great terrain around the Paul Ridge Red Heather Hut.- 5 Reasons to Visit Squamish, British Columbia
  • The Elfin Lakes Hut sits at the base of Mount Garibaldi.- 5 Reasons to Visit Squamish, British Columbia
  • Great skiing, touring, and mountaineering just beyond the Elfin Lakes Hut.- 5 Reasons to Visit Squamish, British Columbia
  • Burton Hut with the Sphinx glacier in the background.- 5 Reasons to Visit Squamish, British Columbia
  • Splitboarding on Mount Brew with Black Tusk visible in the background.- 5 Reasons to Visit Squamish, British Columbia
  • Looking across from Hops Peak toward Cypress Mountain.- 5 Reasons to Visit Squamish, British Columbia
  • Sunset at Brew Hut.- 5 Reasons to Visit Squamish, British Columbia
  • An evening snowboard lap down Hops Peak on Mount Brew.- 5 Reasons to Visit Squamish, British Columbia
  • Climbing the 5.9 pitch at the top of Star Chek.- 5 Reasons to Visit Squamish, British Columbia
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The secret is out. Squamish is a year-round recreation destination with a heck of a lot to offer for outdoor adventurers. Located at the northern tip of the Howe Sound where the mountains meet the ocean, halfway between the harbor city of Vancouver and the world-famous Whistler resort, Squamish is a mecca for a multitude of mountain activities. Here are five reasons to get out into the elements and visit Squamish.

1. Dirt 

Hikers and mountain bikers come from all over the world to enjoy the fantastic trails around Squamish. Popular hikes like the Stawamus Chief and the Sea-To-Summit Trail offer incredible views of the Howe Sound, Little Diamond Head and Brew Lake are great for an overnight mission, and The Four Lakes Trail and Brohm Lake Trail network are good options for a more casual stroll.

Mountain bikers should not leave Squamish without getting a lap or two down Full Nelson or a loop around the Legacy, but there are plenty of other options in the area that are also worth exploring, like the Valleycliffe “Crumpitwoods” Trails.

2. Water 

Go jump in a lake! Brohm Lake, Alice Lake, and Cat Lake are good options, with beach areas for day use. Plus, Alice Lake and Cat Lake have campgrounds as well. Or you can go for a paddle down one of the area’s many rivers. Don’t forget to check out spectacular Shannon Falls on your way into town. And after a long day of adventuring, relax and watch the sun set over the Howe Sound from the campground at Porteau Cove.

3. Air

Get up high and enjoy that clean air! The Sea-To-Sky Gondola takes guests up to 885 meters where there are fantastic views, amenities, and access to a variety of hiking trails such as the Skypilot Scramble. Squamish is also a world-famous kitesports destination; when conditions are good, it's not uncommon to see dozens of kites out on the water down at the Squamish River Spit.

4. Snow

Amazing backcountry terrain is plentiful in the Squamish area when the snow is falling. Snowshoers, mountaineers, cross-country skiers, backcountry skiers, and snowboarders all have lots of options to choose from, such as Paul Ridge, Elfin Lakes, Burton Hut, Mount Brew and Brew Hut, or Journeyman Peak.

5. Rock

The rock climbing around Squamish is some of the best in the world. Thousands of climbers make the pilgrimage to Squamish each year in their camper vans to test their mettle on the Stawamus Chief or explore some of the many other crags within a half hour drive, like the Smoke Bluffs, Cheakamus Canyon, or Star Chek.

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