Located at the northern tip of Howe Sound on the Pacific Ocean, surrounded by a spectacular mountain backdrop and nestled within a temperate rainforest, Squamish is recognized worldwide for its culture, recreation and incredible mountain lifestyle.
Squamish is ideally situated on the scenic Sea to Sky Highway between the two host venues of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games: Vancouver, British Columbia's largest city and Whistler, a four-season mountain resort consistently ranked the number one ski resort in North America.
A strong, vibrant and healthy community, Squamish is envied for its wide range of recreational activities. World-class trails, rock climbing parks, consistent wind patterns, a relatively mild year-round climate, a healthy wildlife population, and proximity to ocean, mountains and rivers make Squamish a sought-after destination for mountain bikers, hikers, rock climbers, kite and wind surfers, kayakers, ski tourers, wildlife viewers and backcountry enthusiasts alike. Add to that a long list of organized sport associations such as soccer, ice hockey, figure skating, horseback riding, bmx, gymnastics, lacrosse and football, to name a few, and Squamish is second-to-none when it comes to both recreation and physical fitness.
But recreation isn't the only thing residents are passionate about. A diverse arts and culture scene is growing here as Squamish is home to many photographers, filmmakers and artisans of every genre, and local theatre groups, dance companies, musicians and singers entertain on a regular basis.
A dedicated and passionate environmental movement is also at work in Squamish, striving to protect and enhance the fragile ecosystem that is at the heart of what characterizes our beautiful surroundings. A committed group of social organizations provides support through programming and services with the goal to ensure that every resident of Squamish has somewhere to turn in their time of need.
A range of education options are available to Squamish families including a strong public school system with six elementary schools, a French school, a French immersion program, a junior high school and a high school. Independent preschools and schools offer Montessori and Waldorf-inspired education, and Squamish is home to two universities - Quest University Canada and Capilano University, Squamish Campus.
A breathtaking location, combined with a population of 17,500 highly productive people, has resulted in a centre of activity that embraces continual evolution and development. As more people strive for a healthy, safe and affordable lifestyle, Squamish saw an almost 15% population increase between 2006 and 2011. Squamish hosts a variety of annual events such as Squamish Days Loggers Sports, Test of Metal, the Brackendale Fall Fair, the Farmer’s Market and the GranFondo cycling event, which runs through the community. The district also boasts the largest gathering of bald eagles in North America and hosts an annual eagle count each January that draws international attention.