The Lifestyle

About Squamish

A thriving well-established community, Squamish has been positioned as the “Outdoor Recreation Capital of Canada,” poised between two major international tourism destination areas in North America – Vancouver and Whistler. Squamish is situated at the north end of Howe Sound, one of the most scenic fjords on the BC south coast surrounded by the spectacular Coast Range Mountains.

Following extensive upgrades to the Sea to Sky Highway (Highway 99), Squamish is now only a 45 minute drive from both downtown Vancouver and Whistler.

Squamish is a growing community that is home to a diverse population and a wide range of activities and adventures to keep you busy year round. Whether you want to live, work, and play right here, or you are happy with your picturesque commute, Squamish is a community that offers easy access to both metropolitan city life and the beauty of nature and outdoor activities.


Squamish’s reputation as the Outdoor Capital of Canada is spreading, and for good reason. The geography and climate of the Squamish area offer not only tremendous physical beauty but also world-class recreation opportunities. Squamish has become a world renowned location for windsurfing, rock climbing, and mountain biking, with world-class events being hosted here each year.

In Squamish you are only minutes away from any activity you choose. From kayaking, swimming, canoeing, fishing, bird watching, sightseeing, sailing, kite surfing, golfing, skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, climbing, hiking, biking – the possibilities are endless. Now with the completion of the Callaghan Valley Nordic Centre and Whistler Olympic Park, winter sports such as cross-country skiing and snowshoeing are even more accessible to Squamish as well.

With access to world class trails & recreation right from your backyard,  you’ll be living one step closer to your weekend every day.

Squamish is also home to a vibrant and diverse arts community and Squamish boasts the second highest number of residents who are artists by profession in all of Canada. The arts and culture community here includes all genres: theatre, music, visual arts, heritage museums, and a broad range of festivals and events held throughout the year.

To learn more about specific activities and events, visit Tourism Squamish online at


Tourism Squamish
Downtown Squamish
Whistler Olympic Park
Whistler Blackcomb
Sea to Sky Gondola
Squamish Farmers Market
Squamish Events Guide
Squamish Chamber of Commerce
District of Squamish
School District 48