Located halfway between the 2010 Olympic Winter Games host cities of Vancouver and Whistler, Squamish bills itself as "The Outdoor Recreation Capital of Canada." And with good reason, too.
Approximately an hour's drive from Vancouver (and about 45 minutes from Whistler), the northbound drive to Squamish along the picturesque Sea-to-Sky highway offers some of the most spectacular ocean and mountain views in the world.
Once in Squamish, the outdoor possibilities are nearly endless. Along with rock climbing and river rafting, Squamish?s eight area provincial parks offer a myriad of hiking, fishing, camping, swimming, bird watching and mountain biking opportunities.
The area's lush, sprawling parks - including Garibaldi Provincial Park, Alice Lake Provincial Park and Porteau Cove Provincial Park (to name just a few) - offer incredible hiking trails through some of the world's most unforgettable and pristine forests. From steep hiking trails to easy walks, Squamish is a hiker's paradise.
The Al's Habrich Ridge Trail starts from the top of the Sea To Sky Gondola and offers incredible views of Howe Sound, the mountain ranges to the west, and to the north in Garibaldi Provincial Park.
A popular camping spot in the summer, Alice Lake contains a network of hiking trails perfect for those looking to get outdoors for a nice walk.
The Brohm Lake Interpretive Forest is located north of Squamish and features lush forest trails with occasional views looking over the Squamish Valley and Tantalus Mountain Range.
Crooked Falls is a spectacular waterfall located in the Upper Squamish Valley just off of the Sigurd Trail, with views from the front and the side of the falls.
The hike to Demon Ridge provides some incredible views of the region, including the Mamquam area, Martin Peak, and down towards Watersprite Lake.
Elfin Lakes are two small lakes located in the scenic alpine setting of Garibaldi Provincial Park near Squamish, British Columbia.
With a stunning waterfall and several gorgeous views of the Squamish Valley and Tantalus Range, High Falls Creek is one of the most scenic hikes in the area.
Located north of Squamish, Levette Lake Loop is a nice hike with views of the Squamish Valley as you walk through the Evans Forest.
Murrin Provincial Park south of Squamish has a popular picnic area next to Browning Lake and a steep hiking trail to the Quercus Viewpoint with incredible views of Howe Sound.
A quiet, calm lake located in the mountains alongside the Sea To Sky Highway near Murrin Provincial Park just south of Squamish.
The Sea To Summit Trail begins at the bottom of the Sea To Sky Gondola and finishes at the lodge at the top, passing scenic views of Howe Sound and the top of Shannon Falls.
Smoke Bluffs Park is located in Squamish and is a popular area for rock climbers which has a trail that loops through the park, providing access to each of the climbing areas.
With scenic views of Howe Sound and the surrounding region around the town of Squamish, the Chief is a popular destination for day hikers.
The trail to Watersprite Lake near Squamish follows a route with many incredible views of the surrounding mountains before reaching the turquoise coloured lake next to Martin and Dreadnought Peaks.