Posted by: cherylyoung | January 25, 2012

  Situated at the head of Howe Sound and surrounded by mountains, Squamish is cradled in natural beauty

 

 

Situated at the head of Howe Sound and surrounded by mountains, Squamish is cradled in natural beauty as only a West Coast community can be.

 

 

 

Growing in fame as the Outdoor Recreation Capital of Canada, visitors will discover

 the abundance of attractions , activities and opportunities to explore in the

community of Squamish.

 

Before the white man came to the Squamish Valley, the area was inhabited by the

 Squohomish tribes.

These Indians lived in North Vancouver and came to the Squamish

 Valley to hunt and fish.

The first contact the Indians had with the white man was in 1792,when Captain

George Vancouver came to Squamish to trade with the Indians near the

 residential area of Brackendale.

During the 1850s gold miners came in search of gold and an easier gold route to the Interior.

Settlers began arriving in the area in 1889, with the majority of them being farmers relocating

 to the Squamish Valley.

The first school was built in 1893 and the first hotel opened in 1902,

on the old dock in Squamish.

Squamish means Mother of the Wind in Coast Salish, which is testimony to the winds that rise

 from the north before noon and blow steadily until dusk, making Squamish a top wind surfing

 destination, and host to annual PROAM sailboard races.

The Stawamus Chief, the second largest freestanding piece of granite in the world, has made

 Squamish one of the top rock climbing destinations in North America.

 

Population: 16,199

 Location: Squamish is located at the head of Howe Sound on Highway 99,

 (the Sea to Sky Highway), midway between Whistler and Vancouver. South of Squamish

are the communities of Britannia Beach and Lions Bay.

 Rail history is showcased at the West Coast Railway Heritage Park, with over 50

 

vintage railway cars and locomotives displayed in a setting of unmatched natural beauty.

Climb aboard cabooses and snowplows, and view a superbly restored

1890 railway business car and the only surviving Pacific Great Western steam engine.

Shannon Falls Provincial Park is where visitors can find the park’s namesake, BC’s

 third-highest waterfall, a magnificent cascade that drops over 1,000 feet, right above the

 Sea to Sky Highway.

A stop for naturalists during warmer seasons, Shannon Falls also attracts thrill-seeking

 ice climbers, who scale the falls when it freezes in the winter.

The Squamish Estuary provides extraordinary birding, with over 200 species identified.

Golf: The Squamish Valley Golf & Country Club is a semi-private championship course

 on Mamquam Road, south of Garibaldi Highlands, with immaculately maintained greens

 and panoramic mountain views off every tee (18 holes, Par 72, 5,639 yards). Garibaldi

Springs Golf Resort in Squamish is impeccably maintained, demands skill and accuracy,

 and falls nothing short of brilliant.

The 4,700-yard, Par 64 course is set in stunning surroundings

showing great respect for the environmentally sensitive habitat.

 To the north, The resort village of Whistler provides a number of world-class golfing o

pportunities, and south of Squamishthe Furry Creek Golf & Country Club in

Lions Bay is considered by many to be the most  scenic golf course in BC.

Golf Vacations in British Columbia.

Windsurfing: Oregon has the Columbia Gorge, Squamish has the Spit, a long breakwater

 located at the mouth of the Squamish River.

  

Although not as well known, the Squamish Spit  is the launch pad for windsurfers

 who rely on its predictable wind, known as a squamish, which blows each afternoon.

From early November through March, thousands of bald eagles gather along the gravel shores

 of the Squamish, Cheakamus and Mamquam rivers to feast on the eggs and carcasses of

 spawned-out salmon.

In 1994, Squamish set the world record with an astounding 3766 eagles

 counted in one day!

The month-long Eagle Festival is held in January, drawing crowds

 from around the world.

For climbers (and those who cheer them on) there’s a provincial campground at the

 base of Stawamus Chief Mountain in Squamish.

You’ll find spiffy drive-in and walk-in sites in Stawamus Chief Provincial Park.

The forested campground is located at the  south end of a rough road that hugs the

 base of the mountain.

Hike around Alice Lake Provincial Park, 13 km north of Squamish and surrounded by

 open grassy areas, dense forests, and impressive snowcapped peaks.

A hush prevails over this lushly forested campground. In part this is due to the thick

 canopy of westernhemlock that shelters much of the park.

 If you’re lucky, one of the sites near both the lake and the hot showers will be vacant.

The Four Lakes Interpretive Trail connects Alice, Edith, Fawn and Stump Lakes, making

it a favoured destination for hikers, anglers, canoeists and windsurfers.

Surrounded by towering peaks, rushing waterfalls, glacial

lakes and pristine forest, Whistler Olympic Park will take your breath

away.

Located 18 km south of Whistler in the

 stunning Callaghan Valley, Whistler Olympic Park is the

first Olympic Nordic venue to include all three traditional

Nordic sport stadiums in one site: cross-country, ski jumping

and biathlon.

 

The Park hosts the 2010 Olympic Games competitions in  ski jumping,

Nordic combined, cross-country skiing and biathlon as  well as the

 2010 Paralympic Games

cross-country skiing and biathlon events.

Before and after the Games, visitors, athletes and local

residents can enjoy the use of th e facility on a year-round basis.

 

Featuring 40 km of expertly groomed cross-country ski trails

at a variety of skill levels (both skate and classic), the Park

also offers lit trails for night skiing, snowshoe trails, a

 biathlon range and stadium, towering ski jumps, incredible

views and a relaxing day lodge to warm up and chill out.

 CHERYL YOUNG, REALTOR,

SAANICH PENINSULA REALTY, VICTORIA BC

 www.cherylyoung.ca 

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