Posted by: cherylyoung | October 13, 2012

Squamish is growing in fame as the outdoor Recreation Capital of Canada

 

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.

CHERYL C YOUNG, REALTOR
SAANICH PENINSULA REALTY
SIDNEY BC. http://www.cherylyoung.ca http://www.facebook.com/cherylcyoung
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