Distance From Vancouver:
65 km via Highway 1 West and
Highway 99 North.
Clean streets, friendly people, beautiful natural setting, murals, password-free
Internet access at the local library.
Of note: An occasional train with loud
whistles rolls through town. If you want to start living in Squamish, do note that
Highway 99 usually gets closed for many hours a few times a year after serious accidents, and
there is no way around these closures, aside from taking a six-hour-long
detour via Highway 1.
Vancouver, Coast & Mountains Backroad Mapbook (2010 edition)
Page 22 (Squamish) C7.
The latest edition of Backroad Mapbook for this and other regions, as well as GPS maps, are available at
District of Squamish,
Other Trips in Squamish Area:
Squamish River Forest
Service Road Washout,
Mamquam Lake Trail Hike,
FSR Ashlu Main Hike (second trip),
Second Trip to Crooked
Falls / Sigurd Creek Trail Hike,
Squamish River FSR
A-Main Branch (first trip),
Provincial Park, The Squamish Spit,
Black Tusk Trail (Garibaldi
Provincial Park), Squamish River Forest
Service Road E-Main Branch, Shannon Falls,
Squamish River Forest Service
Road, Squamish Valley
Road, Railway Heritage
Park, Stawamus Chief Trail Hike.
The town of Squamish, British Columbia, is located on
Highway 99 (Sea-to-Sky), about
half way between Vancouver and Whistler. Squamish is a rapidly
developing area well-known for its natural beauty and many recreational
opportunities. Quite a few people live in Squamish and commute to their
workplaces in Vancouver (to the South) and Whistler (to the North), as
those are substantially more expensive places to buy a house or an
apartment. Today we have
visited downtown Squamish, which is small enough to see it all in about
an hour. Greater Squamish area is much bigger, though, and includes
several large residential and industrial areas.
1. We start at the Squamish Adventure Centre just
off Highway 99 (Cleveland Avenue / Loggers Lane intersection). Here you can get
a free map of the area, as well as buy a map of nearby trails ($9
for a regular map or $14 for a waterproof). We took this photo
Squamish Adventure Centre - Squamish BC Canada
2. Here is a photo of the
Squamish Downtown map. On the bottom right is where you exit from
Highway 99 to go to the Squamish Adventure Centre (via Loggers Lane) or
downtown Squamish (via Cleveland Avenue). On the left side of the map we
have highlighted Squamish Library, which offers password-free Wi-Fi
access. Squamish Library hours of operation are as follows: Monday -
Thursday 12 PM - 8 PM, Friday - Sunday 10 AM - 4 PM. Downtown Squamish
features a Save-on-Foods and Shoppers Drug Mart, while further North on
Highway 99 you will find London Drugs, Canadian Tire and Wal-Mart. There
is also a GM dealership in Squamish, and a self-service car wash at
Industrial Way (if you are fast, you can wash your car for $2).
Downtown Squamish map
3. On the other side of the map,
we received at the Squamish Adventure Centre, is the map of the Greater
Squamish area. In the middle of the map is Brennan Park Recreational
Centre, where for $4.60 you can get access to a pool with shower
facilities. To get to the Recreational Centre, get off Highway 99 onto Loggers
Lane, drive past the Squamish Adventure Centre, and in about five
minutes you would see the Recreational Centre on the left side.
Greater Squamish Map
4. Now it's time to go to
downtown Squamish and check it out. Here we are on the Loggers Lane,
about to cross Highway 99 after which Loggers Lane becomes Cleveland
Avenue. Downtown Squamish is straight ahead.
BC Highway 99 (Sea-to-sky) intersection with Cleveland Avenue in
Squamish BC Canada
5. Cleveland Avenue, the main
commercial street of downtown Squamish.
Cleveland Avenue Squamish British Columbia Canada
6. Chilling on Cleveland Avenue.
Squamish BC Canada
7. Downtown Squamish clock.
After I took this photo, a friendly woman approached and advised that
when there are no clouds, one could see a glacier between the clock and
the banners to the left.
Downtown Squamish clock photo
8. Bicycle art.
Bicycle art on Cleveland Avenue Squamish British Columbia Canada
9. And murals are there too.
Downtown Squamish BC murals
10. This mural, like the one
above, is on the corner of Cleveland Avenue and Victoria Street.
Squamish BC dolphin mural
11. This saddle-like mountain is
on the West side of downtown Squamish. We are looking down Main Street
from its intersection with Cleveland Avenue.
Downtown Squamish British Columbia Canada
12. Downtown Squamish street
signs. The message at the bottom of each sign reads: "Naturally inspired
with small town heart."
Downtown Squamish BC street signs
13. Downtown Squamish has another set of beautiful
murals. These ones are at the corner of Second Avenue and Winnipeg
Downtown Squamish BC mural
14. The most interesting bike rack. They come in
different colours too.
Bike rack in downtown Squamish British Columbia Canada
15. Another development in Squamish, nicely
Westmana Oceanfront Gateway Development Advertisement Squamish British
16. And just beyond the sign above is the
beginning of a path around a slough.
Downtown Squamish BC slough trailhead
17. It's a nice walking/biking area.
Squamish BC walking trail
18. Good views abound.
Squamish British Columbia Canada
19. These fine folks even welcome trespassers :)
Trespassers Welcome Sign in Squamish BC Canada
20. A picture out of the 19-th century.
Old chairs Squamish British Columbia
21. Going further, we see another fine view.
Slough in downtown Squamish British Columbia Canada
Stawamus Chief dominates the Eastern side of the town.
The Stawamus Chief Mountain as seen from downtown Squamish BC
23. Plenty of other mountains on the East side
Downtown Squamish BC slough
24. The path around the slough.
Squamish BC slough path
We have visited Squamish many times en route to various hikes, and this
town is a great place to live for someone who enjoys the outdoors and
does not mind a rather unpredictable commute to Metro Vancouver.
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