A panoramic aerial view of Squamish with the mountains and the ocean

Things to do in  Squamish

Where the sea meets the sky

This laid-back mountain town is a hotbed for climbers, kayakers, bikers, and nature lovers. Squamish is located along the Sea to Sky Highway, marked by the imposing Stawamus Chief Mountain whose sheer granite cliffs top the things-to-do list in summer. From the top, the expansive Howe Sound provides a stunning backdrop. In recent years, funky breweries, local boutiques, and festivals have turned Squamish into a quirky cultural gem.

Top 7 attractions in Squamish

Porteau Cove Provincial Park

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Situated along the Sea to Sky Highway, Porteau Cove Provincial Park offers easy access to Howe Sound, the southernmost fjord in North America. A popular destination year-round, the park provides waterfront day-use areas and campsites, pebble beaches, picnic areas, boat launches and mooring buoys, and plenty of ways to enjoy the water.More

Shannon Falls

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Tumbling 1,099 feet (335 meters) over granite framed by evergreen trees, Shannon Falls are a scenic highlight of the Sea-to-Sky Highway linking Vancouver to Pemberton. The hike to the falls from the parking lot is a beautiful way to get some fresh air and stretch your legs.More

Sea to Sky Gondola

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During the 10-minute ride to the 2,900-foot (884-meter) summit station, passengers of the Sea to Sky Gondola are treated to sweeping views of some of British Columbia’s most epic landscapes. The floor-to-ceiling windows of the gondola cars reveal the sky-piercing peaks of the Coast Mountains and the glittering fjords of Howe Sound.More

Stawamus Chief Provincial Park

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Located on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) Nation, the granite face of Stawamus Chief Mountain looks out over the waters of Howe Sound. The coastal rainforest smells of cedar and petrichor, and panoramic views of sea, sky, and forest await once you reach the top of the mountain.More

Brackendale Eagles Provincial Park

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Every winter, thousands of bald eagles descend on the Squamish River to feast on salmon. Set on the west river bank, the 1,865-acre (755-hectare Brackendale Eagles Provincial Park serves as a winter sanctuary for the feathered migrators, with the majestic birds of prey roosting in the lofty branches of its towering trees.More

Squamish Adventure Centre

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With its Douglas fir features and a curved roof that resembles a bald eagle in flight, the striking design of the Squamish Adventure Centre references its surroundings. The center is a hub for visitors to the area, offering information on outdoor activities in Squamish and views of the imposing granite dome of the Stawamus Chief.More

Garibaldi Provincial Park

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British Columbia’s spectacular Coast Range is home to numerous glacier-covered peaks. Visitors to Garibaldi Provincial Park will find trails that lead to backcountry lakes, campgrounds, and forests that are near the towns of Squamish and Whistler. The most famous peak in the park is Black Tusk, a pinnacle of volcanic rock that juts skyward.More

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Top activities in Squamish

Elaho Whitewater Experience

Elaho Whitewater Experience

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Squamish Via Ferrata Tour

Squamish Via Ferrata Tour

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Sea to Sky Afternoon Sail
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Sea to Sky Afternoon Sail

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Cheakamus Family Adventure

Cheakamus Family Adventure

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Squamish Discovery Eco-tour

Squamish Discovery Eco-tour

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All about Squamish

When to visit

From June to September, the weather is warm and Squamish is full of life. The town is built around outdoor sports so summer is perfect to get into the mountains or onto the waters of Howe Sound. Because it's not as well known as neighboring Whistler or Vancouver, staying in Squamish means you’re more likely to be hanging out with locals rather than other visitors.

Getting around

Squamish is the perfect size to explore on foot. From Vancouver, it’s a 1-hour drive along the Sea to Sky Highway with panoramic views of the mountains and Howe Sound. Bus services also run between Vancouver, Squamish, and Whistler. Public transit runs from downtown Squamish to some of the more popular trailheads in summer and throughout the town itself, year-round.

Traveler tips

Stawamus Chief Mountain occupies a powerful place in the culture of the town. According to stories from the Indigenous Squamish Nation, the mountain is a home to spirits, with the faces of animals emerging from the rocks. The mountain's sheer granite face is famous among climbers, and the steep trail up the back provides a challenge for hikers. The full hike takes you to three separate peaks, with views of the surrounding mountains and Howe Sound far below.

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How to spend a day in Squamish?

Start with breakfast at the Zephyr Café to fuel up before heading to Shannon Falls Provincial Park. It has a variety of trails for a range of abilities and is good for a picnic. Later, head downtown to discover live music at Cork and Craft Taphouse and Howe Sound Brewing.

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Is it worth visiting Squamish?

Yes. Squamish is a perfect home base to explore British Columbia’s natural beauty and try out a plethora of outdoor sports. As a small town, it has a calmer atmosphere than Vancouver, and, in the evenings, its pubs fill with people in hiking shoes and raincoats.

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What is a secret spot in Squamish?

If you’re tired of hiking, hop on a horse and let it climb for you. Cheekye Ranch offers rides through Squamish Valley, as well as camping and yurt accommodations for a getaway. Don’t let the hyperfit locals fool you into thinking that getting into nature has to be a challenge.

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What is Squamish known for?

Squamish is known for its proximity to the ocean and the mountains, with countless opportunities for exploring. More recently, it’s become home to a number of breweries and galleries, which have contributed to its cultural evolution.

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Is Squamish expensive?

Yes and no. Squamish is less expensive than neighboring Whistler, but if you’re taking outdoor adventure tours, it can get expensive. It tends to attract a younger, more adventurous demographic, so it’s not hard to find inexpensive hostels and campsites.

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