Standing victorious at a viewpoint atop one of the local mountains after an invigorating hike or gondola ride, the eye of the camera easily captures the beauty of this place.
From the top of the Murrin Loop Trail, at the Summit Lodge deck or atop the Stawamus Chief, for example, you can see the water of Howe Sound stretch out almost indefinitely.
On a clear and sunny day, ships, sailboats and smaller watercraft mix in what seems like an orchestrated dance across the surface of the sound.
From a viewpoint in Smoke Bluffs you can take in Howe Sound again, but you can also look out over the ever-growing downtown core of Squamish and the highway as it snakes past, carrying visitors and locals alike.
What you can’t see from these beautiful heights is the heart of this place. Zoom in and we are a community of artists and creative business people; we are different and a little rough around the edges.
Extreme sports are daily recreation for us and the environment isn’t just something locals care about; it is their passion and for some our life’s work.
Within these pages you will find stories about what makes Squamish special, what we love and what we live for.
If you already call Squamish home, you are sure to find surprising facts about your neighbours, environment or an event you have yet to take in. If you are just visiting, welcome. Many who live here were inspired to move here after a visit.
Flipping through these pages will give you good insight into who we are and what we care about. We hope you enjoy reading this edition of Discover Squamish as much as we enjoyed putting it together. •