Distance From Vancouver:
73 km (66.5 km via Highway 1 West and
Highway 99 North to
Industrial Way, then 3.0 km via Industrial Way and Queens Way to dirt road, then
3.5 km on dirt road to The Spit gate).
Of note: Very rough dirt road leading to
The Spit. The Spit itself is quite narrow (about 8 meters), there is no
guard rail, and the drop offs are steep - be careful when driving and
Other Trips in Squamish Area:
Panorama Ridge Trail,
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, 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, Downtown Squamish BC,
Stawamus Chief Trail Hike.
The Squamish Spit is a long (about 700 meters)
and narrow (about 8 meters) strip of land popular with windsurfers and
kiteboarders, who use The Spit to park their vehicles and then play in
the wind where Howe Sound and Squamish River meet. During our visit we
did not see anyone on the water, probably because it was a Wednesday
afternoon, and it was rather cold (around 14 degrees). However, the
drive along a rough dirt road was still worth it due to the superb water
and mountain views. If you can drive very slowly or do not mind the
abuse your vehicle would take, it is worth the while to visit The Spit
even if you do not windsurf or kite board, as the nature along the dirt
road is quite attractive, the nearby mountains are impressive, and the
birds are numerous.
1. Here is the map of the area.
The numbers indicate: 1 - Squamish Adventure Centre; 2 - Railway
Heritage Park; 3 - The Spit, where the map indicates Windsurfing and
Kiteboarding takes place. The arrow points to Queens Way. Disregard the
yellow marker on the map - it is not related to this trip. This free map
was provided by Squamish Adventure Centre.
Squamish Area Map
2. The following several
photographs show the directions to The Squamish Spit. We are driving in Squamish on
Highway 99 North, just past the Cleveland Avenue / Loggers Lane
intersection, with Squamish Adventure Centre (number 1 on the map above)
seen ahead on the right side.
BC Highway 99 near Squamish Adventure Centre
3. Check your odometer and move
to the left lane - a left turn onto Industrial Way is only 1.5 km past
the Adventure Centre. The car seen in the bottom left corner is in the correct left turn lane.
Industrial Way seen on the left. And we missed the turn and had to drive
Photo of Highway 99 at Industrial Way in Squamish BC Canada
4. Industrial Way is very short
here, and within a minute you are at a T-junction with Queens Way. Turn
to the right here. The sign is directing you to Windsurfing, among other
Industrial Way at Queens Way in the Town of Squamish BC Canada
5. Railway Heritage Park (Number
2 on the map above) is on the right side two kilometers after you turn
onto Industrial Way from Highway 99.
We visited Railway Heritage Park in April of 2010,
and it is a worthwhile attraction.
6. One kilometer later, you see
a sign directing you to turn onto a dirt road to reach The Spit.
7. The turn off right after the
8. The beginning of a dirt road,
which has numerous potholes.
9. Within a minute, you get to
another T-junction. Turn left here.
10. And then it's just driving
straight, admiring the nature, and testing your suspension.
Photo of a Dirt Road Leading to The Squamish Spit
11. The views to the left are
The Stawamus Chief
dominates the skyline.
Stawamus Chief and Squamish River Estuary seen from the dirt road leading to the Squamish Spit
12. After 3.5 km of the dirt
road, you reach The Spit's gate.
The Squamish Spit Entrance
13. The views from The Spit are
superb, especially on the left (East) side. You can even see
Shannon Falls in
the distance (check out the video link below).
View from the Squamish Spit
14. Using a substantial zoom
makes it easier to see these impressive mountain peaks.
15. Closer to the end of The
Spit, several people in watertight clothing were hanging out. But it
appeared that they have finished water gliding for the day. A toilet
cabin is seen on the right. This is also a vehicle turnaround area.
Picture of People at the Squamish Spit
16. Looking back from near the
end of The Spit.
The Squamish Spit near the town of Squamish BC Canada
17. Just beyond where the people
are seen on photo #15, there were many interesting items placed on the
ground, probably used in windsurfing activities.
The Squamish Spit
18. Let's take a look to the
right. Not bad at all.
View of Howe Sound from The Squamish Spit near Squamish British Columbia
19. And now to the left.
Here is our video of The
Squamish Spit. The large waterfall seen in the video is
Summary: The Squamish Spit is a
good place to visit for windsurfers and photographers alike.
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