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Squamish, B. C.

 
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  Squamish is at the head of Howe Sound, about an hour north of Vancouver. BC Rail passes through Squamish with tracks running from North Vancouver  to Prince George. It also boasts a deep sea port. The economy used to be based almost entirely on logging, but with over-use of the forest in the past, and slumping lumber and pulp prices, the forestry sector has been hard hit by recent cut-backs.

On the other hand, tourism has been growing by leaps and bounds. Everyone driving north to Whistler passes through Squamish. Many of those people stop for gas or meals in Squamish. The Squamish Spit attracts people looking for high-speed board sailing with its consistent winds all summer long. There are now three golf courses with Garibaldi Springs Golf Resort scheduled to open in July of 2004, along with the Squamish Golf Course by Mamquam Road, and Furry Creek just south of town.

Whistler is just 45 minutes to the north. Skiing at Whistler and Blackcomb run from November to May, and then reopens for summer skiing, hiking and downhill mountain biking. With the 2010 Winter Olympics coming to Vancouver and Whistler, there will be huge improvements to the highway.

In the 1960's, a ski area was being developed on Brohm Ridge. It got as far as building a lodge and installing the lift towers before it fell through. The project has been resurrected as Garibaldi at Squamish. It is still in the planning stages, and going about meeting the various environmental requirements. It looks like this project will be going ahead. If it does, it will give a significant boost to the Squamish economy.

The Royal Hudson used to be very popular with the steam train going back and forth between North Vancouver and Squamish, but with cutbacks at BC Rail, and maintenance required on the Royal Hudson, it is no longer running. When it was running, one option was to take the train to Squamish and return by water on the M. V. Britannia. Hiking attracts many people in Summer. The 2,000 foot Squamish Chief has world class rock climbing, and with a trail up the back, any hiker can see the spectacular view from the top. The Squamish Smoke Bluffs, right beside downtown Squamish, is probably the most climbed rock in Canada. Helicopter sightseeing is another way to see the mountains. There are excellent fishing opportunities. Trail rides and river rafting are other summer activities.

With the lower mainland becoming more crowded, and commuting to Vancouver becoming ever-more frustrating, Squamish is attracting people that would otherwise have a two hour drive to Vancouver each day, and residential sales have been quite brisk.

Downtown Squamish has seen a major re-development over the last few years. It has gone from being not much more than a logging camp, and somewhere you had to pass through to get to Whistler, to a thriving and very pleasant community.

Book Of Eagles

Brackendale is home to one of the largest populations of Bald Eagles in the world. Profits from the sale of the Book Of Eagles will go to help protect eagle habitats in the Squamish Valley.

 

Squamish-Whistler
Mountain Bike Trail Guide

135 off-road trails at Squamish and Whistler, BC. The Squamish-Whistler Mountain Bike Trail Guide Includes maps and difficulty ratings.

 

Sea To Sky Country
Sea To Sky CountryOne of Canada's most spectacular natural treasures... 

 

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