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5 Things you Need to Know about Moving to Squamish

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Nestled on the northern tip of Howe Sound and surrounded by world-renowned mountains like the Stawamus Chief, Squamish is smack-dab in the middle of Vancouver’s green metropolis and the amazing outdoors surrounding places like Whistler and Pemberton Valley.

In recent years the area has seen an influx of new people and a seeming growth in popularity. Whether it is due to rising real estate prices in the city or more awareness of the area, one thing is certain, Squamish is growing. Here are the five things you need to know about moving to Squamish:

Every home has a view

Squamish is Sea to Sky Country. That means the great outdoors aren’t just out your backyard, they are your backyard – and your front yard! Every neighbourhood in Squamish has its own you unique view of somewhere special: Howe Sound, the Chief, Squamish River, the Valley, the list goes on. And if the view doesn’t satisfy your curiosity, Squamish’s top attractions are only steps away.

It’s an adventure

Squamish is Canada’s mecca when it comes to easy-to-do outdoor activities; especially rock climbing! From Shannon Falls, The Malamute to Little Smoke Bluffs there are hundreds of climbing routes and options for bouldering (+2500 problems, they say) all over the Squamish area. Hiking is a year-round favourite, too, with tons of trails accessible from pretty much anywhere. Aside from the rock climbing and hiking, there is a lot of mountain biking, kite boarding, windsurfing, kayaking, river-rafting, snowmobiling and back-country skiing to be done in and around the surrounding lakes and mountains, depending on the time of year!

The new opportunities!

There has been an influx of driven entrepreneurs over the last few years, which means there are a lot more new and exciting opportunities for you to start or continue your career. A lot of talk about the new “rec-tech” sector, including companies like OneUp and 7Mesh, speaks volumes to the energetic people moving to Squamish to innovate and start something new and meaningful for the community and beyond.

Your kids will love it

As you can see, the plethora of outdoor activities, booming micro-economy and the strong community all make for a great place to raise your kids. Anyone’s children will be able to stretch their legs and learn about the unique beauty B.C. has to offer while growing up in Squamish. There are a dozen public and private elementary schools, one francophone school, and two universities: Capilano University and Quest University. Squamish is the perfect place to grow up in an environment full of opportunity!

Location, location, location!

It’s worth repeating, Squamish, once known simply as the gateway to Whistler, has blossomed into its own special place, drawing people from all over with its perfect location between Vancouver and Whistler, its unique community of outdoorsmen and women and beautiful, one-of-a-kind natural landscapes ripe for exploring!


Black Tusk Realty are the experts on in that is Squamish and we’re here to help you when it comes to starting your new life in Sea to Sky Country. If you’re thinking of moving, get in touch with us today!