Wake up in Canada's Outdoor Recreation Capital!
Where the Pacific Ocean narrows into the Howe Sound inlet, crashing into the tall peaks of the coastal mountains, the District of Squamish anticipates anyone looking for an adventure. The unique locale boasts world class rock climbing, mountain biking, kite-surfing, hiking, backcountry skiing... you name it! The granite monolith of the Chief, towering waterfalls, picturesque lakes, endless trails, expansive coastal rainforest, and surrounding mountains are what make our home town an pla playground.
Having come a long way since it's birth as a logging town, Squamish has grown into a bustling highway town with a vibrant cultural scene. Countless new restaurants, breweries, cideries, coffee shops, a distilery, a farmers market, two museums, an art gallery, a gondola and a constant train of events keep the District's calendar full of life.
Population: 19,512 (2016)
Location: 1 hour North of Vancouver, 45 minutes South of Whistler
Terrain: Beaches, Lakes, Rivers, Mountains, Estuary, Rain Forest
Attractions: The Sea-to-Sky Gondola, Shannon Falls, The Railway Museum, The Brittania Mine Museum, Farmers Market
Wildlife: Black bears, Salmon, Bald Eagles
Seasons: Skiing, November-May; Climbing, April-September
The Executive Suites Hotel & Resort
The Executive Suites provide well-equipped, condo-style rooms with everything you need for a pleasant stay in Squamish. Nestled on the green acres of an old golf course and surrounded by scenic mountain views, the hotel lies at the base of an outstanding trail network. Enjoy the option to cook in your suite’s kitchen or wonder down to the Norman Rudy’s Restaurant patio (hot tip: The Avocado Fries are next level!).
For a nature-inspired getaway, far from the madding crowds, the Sunwolf offer private cabins nestled along the intersection of the Cheekye and Cheakamus Rivers. Enjoy the comforts of the local’s favourite Fergie’s Cafe (newly opened after being tragically burnt to the ground in 2018), and wander across the road for horseback riding at The Cheekye Ranch.
Howe Sound Inn & Brewing
At the heart of Squamish’s Downtown and the foot of the Howe Sound Inlet lies the classic Howe Sound Inn and Brewery. A two block walk will land you among local shops, cafes, yoga studios, cideries, and restaurants. Don’t miss out on the best view of the Chief in town from the Brewery's patio, or the Cheddar and Ale Soup!
Squamish Adventure Inn
Whether you’re seeking a dorm room, private room, or hotel-style room, the Squamish Adventure Inn is a great low-budget spot to set up basecamp. Located just minutes from the Smoke Bluffs climbers parking lot, Adventure Centre, and Downtown, you’ll have everything you need for an adventure packed weekend! The Inn also offers kayak, bike and SUP rentals.
There is certainly no shortage of campgrounds in and around Squamish: Alice Lake Provincial Park, Paradise Valley Campground, Mountain Fun Basecamp, Klahanie Campground, Stawamus Chief Provincial Park, Mamquam River Campground… take your pick!
Staying in Squamish
Whether you're planning an adventure holiday or a relaxing visit, there is plenty to do in Squamish. Check out our Squamish Dining Guide for inspiration!