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What Makes Squamish a Great Place to Live?

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From beautiful mountains with picture perfect peaks to sunny patios and fine dining, Squamish has so much to offer. Deemed “The Outdoor Recreation Capital of Canada”, it’s the place to be for activities ranging from rock climbing to bird-watching. Escape the hustle and bustle – trade in the concrete jungle for lush forests and diverse wildlife in Squamish.

A short drive from Whistler and Vancouver means that you’re never too far away. Need more reasons to move to Squamish? We’ve got you covered, check out our list of the top 5 reasons why Squamish is where you want to be.

  1. So many activities

Located along the Sea-to-Sky highway, Squamish is recognized worldwide for its culture, recreation and incredible mountain lifestyle. From mountain biking to cross-country skiing to river rafting, you will never be bored! Hit the golf course at one of many greens in town, like Squamish Valley Golf, or hike some trails at one of the 8 provincial parks. If you’d rather see the sights, spend an afternoon visiting the Sea to Sky Gondola. The 10 minute gondola ride gives passengers sweeping views of the Howe Sound, luscious coastal forest, and surrounding mountains while ascending 855m above sea level to the top of the Stawamus Chief.

In addition to all the outdoor activities, you can also visit a number of museums, galleries, and heritage sites. The West Coast Railway Heritage Park features a typical mid-20th century railway station and old style town centre with over 90 pieces of railway cars and artefacts.

  1. Community and lifestyle

What better way to shop than at the Squamish Farmers Market, where you can get the freshest fruits and vegetables grown by local organic farmers. The market also includes a variety of other kinds of vendors – from crafts to jewellery to baked goods – and runs 10am to 3pm every Saturday at the corner of Cleveland Avenue at Victoria Street in Downtown Squamish.

Check out the Brackendale Art Gallery, a center for the arts in the Squamish Valley featuring gallery exhibits, concerts, theatre, workshops with artists and, in winter, a warm place by the fire after a long day of Eagle viewing. Cozy!

  1. Great events

There’s a lot going on in Squamish! Here’s a list of events that you don’t want to miss:

What: Squamish Beer Festival

When: July 8, 2017, 2:00pm – 8:00pm

Where: O’Siyam Pavilion, Squamish, B.C

Description: 50 Breweries. 120+ Craft Beers. Music. Food Trucks. One Ticket. What more could you ask for?


What: West Coast Yoga Festival

When: June 10, 2017, 10:00am – 7:00pm

Where: Junction Park, Squamish, BC

Description: A one day, outdoor, donation-based community yoga festival featuring some of the best yoga teachers from the Sea to Sky corridor. This zero-waste initiative will also feature live music, food and vendors.


What: Squamish Wind Festival

When: July 27-30, 2017

Where: Downtown Squamish

Description: Join Squamish in celebrating the 4th annual Wind Festival, a community open house showcasing art & music, wind & water sport demos.

  1. Close to Vancouver and Whistler

Being close to the city definitely has its advantages! This bustling west coast seaport is a popular stop for musicians and other entertainers, and is known for its variety of quality restaurants. Also nearby is the beautiful resort town of Whistler. Visit Canada’s favourite year-round destination, to hit the slopes, go shopping, and attend concerts and events. From ziplines and escape rooms to spas and restaurants, Whistler is just a short drive away.

  1. Range of housing

In recent years, Squamish has become popular with Vancouver and Whistler residents’ escaping their increased cost of living. Squamish offers a wide range of housing, meaning that you will be able to find a beautiful house or apartment no matter your budget.

Squamish is sounding pretty good now, isn’t it? Contact us today to get in touch with an agent and find your dream home in one of Canada’s most beautiful towns.