Distance From Vancouver:
85-90 km via Highway 1 West and
Highway 99 (Sea-to-Sky) North. Then, as you are driving on Highway 99 through Squamish, turn left onto Squamish
Valley Road, or onto Government Road about 5 kilometers prior to that.
Views of Squamish River from Government Road, and meeting an otter.
Spectacular glaciers seen from Squamish Valley Road.
Of note: Strong wind by Squamish River.
Winding and requiring maintenance Squamish Valley Road.
Vancouver, Coast & Mountains Backroad Mapbook (2010 edition)
Page 22 (Squamish) C7-C6-C5-B4-A3.
West Coast Railway Heritage
Park, we proceeded with the original plan to see the eagles in
Brackendale area of Squamish. So, we followed the signs, drove down
Government Road, reached the eagle viewing area, and saw no eagles.
There was an information stand explaining that in the spring the eagles
fly into the woods. The best eagle watching months are, apparently,
December and January. But we did enjoy the good views of Squamish River,
and then played hide-and-seek with a camera-shy otter, who finally
agreed to have its photo taken.
that, with still plenty of time left in the day, we decided to check out
Evans Lake. So, we drove further down Government Street, passed the
Squamish Airport, and turned onto Squamish Valley Road. We missed the
turn to Evans Lake, but ended up handsomely rewarded with an amazing
view of two nearby glaciers. Driving further down Squamish Valley Road,
we ended up on the Squamish River Forest Service Road, described in our
1. Here is a photo of a free map
you can get at the Squamish Adventure Centre (by Highway 99), with notes
relating to our trip.
Map of Greater Squamish British Columbia Canada
2. A sign is guiding us to the eagle watch area.
Squamish British Columbia Canada
3. A map at the eagle watch area, of which there
are a few in Greater Squamish.
Eagle Run Map on Government Road Squamish BC Canada
4. Very picturesque Squamish River...but no eagles
in sight. Do seagulls count?
Squamish River by Government Road Squamish British Columbia
5. Here is a large information board. It said the
eagles fly into the woods in the Spring.
Eagle Watch Information Stand - Brackendale area of Squamish BC
6. Squamish River again. Looking the other way.
Squamish River in Brackendale
7. In lieu of the eagles, this otter finally
acquiesced to have its photo taken.
Otter in Squamish River in Brackendale area of Squamish British Columbia
8. An eatery by the eagle watch place. Looks very
Food establishment on Government Road in Squamish British Columbia
Canada by eagle watch
9. We continued driving down Government Road.
Government Road Squamish BC Canada
10. About five minutes later, we have reached Squamish
11. A scene at the Squamish airport (CYSE).
Airport Squamish BC Canada
12. Pretty much right after the airport, Government
Road meets with Squamish Valley Road, which looks fairly ordinary for a
while, and has private residences on both sides, followed by empty
spaces filled with trees, rocks, and other natural items.
Squamish Valley Road
13. "Hey, man, how do I find where you live?" "Drive
down Squamish Valley Road and look for a smiley face!" Seriously, well
Smiley Face by Squamish Valley Road British Columbia Canada
14. And then there was time to hit the brakes, get
out, and start staring. The camera simply can't capture the contrast the
way an eye can, and in person this picture
looks even better.
Glaciers seen from Squamish Valley Road
15. Thank you, zoom, for letting us better appreciate the
natural beauty around us.
Squamish Valley Road Glacier British Columbia Canada
16. And the second glacier.
Glacier near Glacier Valley Farm
17. These fine examples of Beautiful British Columbia
are right next to Glacier Valley Farm, pictured below. To reach the
glaciers, it takes about 20 minutes of driving on Squamish Valley Road
after it meets Government Road.
Glacier Valley Farm near Squamish British Columbia Canada
In about ten minutes after that, Squamish Valley Road
ends, and Squamish River Forest Service Road begins.
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