ROYAL HUDSON STEAM TRAIN
Visit the West Coast Heritage Park and you will find this wonderful old train that used to roll up and down the track from Vancouver to Squamish every day, puffing out smoke while it passed by the beautiful landscape. I first road this train on my first visit to Vancouver in 1983 and it was first on t my list of things to do for my next trip, only to find it stopped running in 2003, so it looks like a visit to the museum is necessary for reminiscing.
- Museum Visits
LIBRARY - FOR A READ
Public Library Hours of Operation
Monday: 1:00PM to 8:00PM
Tuesday: 1:00PM to 8:00 PM
Wednesday: 1:00PM to 8:00PM
Thursday: 1:00PM to 8:00PM
Friday: 10:00AM to 4:00PM
Saturday: 10:00AM to 4:00PM
Sunday: 10:00AM to 4:00PM
37907 2nd Avenue
Squamish, British Columbia
Phone: (604) 892-3110
Fax: (604) 892-9376
For more information
Visit the Squamish Public Library website at http://www.squamishlibrary.bc.ca
- Family Travel
REC CENTRE FOR ICE, SWIM, AND FOOTBALL!
Brennan Park Recreation Centre provides programs that reflect your lifestyle and help you achieve your personal health goals.
Excellent community resource with plenty for all ages adn interests
offer a variety of programs:
Specialized preschool programs
Sports and outdoor adventure camps
Performing and visual arts programs
Birthday parties (Ultimate Gym, Crafts, Floor Hockey and more)
Ice skating programs
Family community events and holiday fun
Red Cross Babysitter Training program
Brennan Park Recreation Centre has special events for all ages!
Call (604)898-3604 for more information on any of the events listed here.
New Years Day Skate 1-3pm Sunday Jan 1
New Years Day Swim 12:30-3:30pm Sunday Jan 1
Valentines Skate 8:40-9:40pm Friday Feb 10
Pro D Day Loonie Skate 1:00-3:00pm Friday Feb 17
Squamish Skate IN Friday-Sunday Feb 17-19 click here to see the weekend schedule
Karma and Kaos Youth Event 7:00-11:30pm Sate Feb 18
Glow in the Dark Skate 8:00-9:40pm Wed Feb 22
Free Family Event 7:00-9:00pm Friday Feb 24
Team Jersey Skate 8:00-9:30pm Friday Feb 24
Pajama Skate 7:25-8:25 Friday March 3
Wild West Skate 7:25-9:40pm Friday March 31
- Adventure Travel
- Family Travel
Swim and hike at Alice Lake
Alice Lake is a popular BC Provincial park located on the Sea to Sky highway just north of Squamish. We spend two days here and found that there was plenty of things to do. Alice Lake has two swimming and picnic areas, busy with families. There are also several hiking trails in the park. The four lakes loop is pleasant, and very close to the entrance of the park there is a short and easy trail around Stump Lake, which is quite pretty. We also went on DeBeck's Hill trail, which isn't very far but fairly steep uphill along gravel and small stones in some areas. We were somewhat disappointed to find out that it was really a rough road to the top of the hill, where there are some radio tower buildings.
There is camping at the park, which is what we did. Sites along the perimeter are fairly private and surrounded by trees.
- Hiking and Walking
- Water Sports
Shannon Falls is often sited as one of the tallest waterfalls in Canada. At 335 m (1,105 feet) it is one extremely large waterfall and to add to its draw, the waterfall is accessible by a very short paved pathway. The renovation of the park in recent years has cost $325,000 and has greatly improved accessibility of the park and added a second platform (at least that is what a local told me). All in all this is one spectacular waterfall and should be enjoyed by anyone making the trip through this small town.
- Adventure Travel
- National/State Park
Squamish Tourist Information Center
Modelled after Calgary's saddledome, the tourist information center is a great place to stop and grab a coffee while you're planning what to do in Squamish. The staff really knew their way around the city and there were countless flyers, brochures and maps of squamish and the surrounding area.
This is one of the largest concentrations of bald eagles anywhere in BC. From across the river, you can watch the eagles as they are perched in the treetops. Also at specified times of the day, ( i'm told 7-8 am and 3-4 pm) if you're lucky, you'll be able to spot the eagles swooping down to catch fish and eat them on the rocks
you can find this tree in the picnic area of the shannon falls provincial park. Its growing out of a dead trees stump at a right angle then makes a a second right angle straight up. A really interesting tree
Shannon falls is located only 2 km south of squamish directly off of the sea to sky highway. the falls are the thrid highest in BC clocking in at an impressive 335 meters high. There is a nice viewing platform just at the base of the falls but if you'd care for a more interesting look there is a staircase that climbs the falls. it a great workout and makes for a great view.
Squamish sits at the base of a very forbidding looking giant known as the Stawamus Chief. a sheer granite cliff that climbs 700 meters almost straight up, it is possible to climb the chief only you need to go the long way around the back. depending on your ambition, physical condition or available time, there are three different hikes of varying length that will take you to the peak. the initial 15-20 minutes of the hike follows directly beside shannon falls. To reach the first peak takes 3-4 hours roundtrip, 5-4 to reach the second peak and 5-6 to reach the highest peak.
THE WIFI HOTSPOT
The 'Hot Spot', the Satellite Labs and SSCN are non-profit programs of the Sea to Sky Freenet, a federally registered charity.
An excellent place to use the net with excellent programmes for locals and travellers,
the place to go for volunteering opportunities.
One of four seperate locations around the area
Donations are gratefully accepted and tax deductible. An income tax recepit will be issued upon request.
To create a learning place where technology, information and volunteering support personal and community development.
Hours of Operation:
Open 7 Days a Week
Very Fast Internet Connection ADSL Speed.
Software for Public Use: Word, Excel, MS Publiser, Access, Photoshop and more
Public Use of scanner, colour printer, CD Writer.
Do it yourself: web page design, pamphlets, business cards, posters, and a lot more.
Many monthly workshops/1:1 Tutoring.
Help always available.
Drop by anytime!
?HOT SPOT? Free Access:
1 Hour Free Drop-In: Tue 5-9 pm and Thurs 9am ?1pm
Drop-In use for Job Search, Resume Writing: Sunday, anytime. One hour.
Drop-In Service for Seniors: Wednesday, all day.
After school: Monday-Friday, 3-6pm. Up to 3 hours for students doing homework.
Homework: Sunday, anytime for students doing homework. One hour.
Family Hour: Sunday, anytime. For parents and children together.
$1 per half hour for Lab Computer Usage.
$2 per half hour for Wireless/Ethernet Access.
$10 value Punch Card for cost of $8.
Printing: $0.25 per page (basic black text).
Photocopies: $0.25 per page.
Faxing: $1 per 5 pages/per phone number.
Floppy Disks/CD's: $1 each.
CD-RW: $2 each.
Location and Contact Information:
Address: 38027 Cleveland Ave. (Downtown Squamish)
Mail: Box 2676, Squamish, BC V0N 3G0
- Work Abroad
- Study Abroad
Squamish has over 100 trails where the terrain ranges from easy riding for the whole family to intense white knuckle single track. A dedicated army of trail builders and mountain bike enthusiasts constantly maintain these routes for the enjoyment of all.
Mountain Bike Magazine has rated Squamish as one of the top 25 wildest and exotic places to ride in the world. The Powersmart trail is listed as one of the top 10 single track trails that are a MUST ride.
There are three main areas of trails: The Valleycliffe and Crumpit Woods trails, which are single track, stream bed, rock face and and woodland trails; the Mamquam Forest Service Roads which are active logging roads that deliver amazing views of the Mamquam Glacier and harbour some of the gnarliest downhill and freerides around including 19th Hole, featured in the Annual Peanut's Wild Ride (GK Ripper); and the Garibaldi Highlands Trails which connect to Alice Lake, consisting of the abandoned original Squamish rail track and a wide path for an easy ride. On the Highlands trail network you can find some nice wooshy downhills and a lot of inner technical stuff, the most popular being Entrails.
The community hosts the Squamish Mountainbike Festival every year which features the Squamish Test of Metal on Saturday. This gruelling 67 k race draws many of the world's top riders and features a mass start of 800 competitiors. Squamish Test of Metal website : www.testofmetal.com
Squamish Gearjammer : 2003 brought the first BC Cup X-country race to Squamish. The Gear Jammer is a 50k X-country Provincial Championship race .
Squamish GearJammer website :
- Mountain Climbing
- Hiking and Walking
The Squamish Estuary great local resource
The Squamish Estuary is a great place to catch a glimpse of the many other fascinating birds the Squamish area plays host to. Some examples of these birds are: Vaux's Swift, Canada Goose, Warbling Vireo, Red Eyed Vireo, Violet Green Swallow, Northern Rough Winged Swallow, Black Capped Chickadee, Chestnut Backed Chickadee, Swainson's Thrush, Cedar Wax Wing, House Sparrow, Turkey Vulture, Black Swift, Belted King Fisher, Red Breasted Sap Sucker, Pileated Woodpecker, Orange Crown Warbler, Townsend Warbler, and American Goldfinch
Just go for a walk along the paths from squamish town and you will find a haven for dog walkers and walkers abound. A excellent beach and views of the chief are amazing!
- National/State Park
If you are a bird enthusiast, then Brackendale is the place to be. every year literally thousands of Bald eagles gather for the winter. The Squamish River Valley has long been recognized as one of the most significant areas of wintering bald eagles (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) in North America. In the 1994 bird count, Squamish had the world record count of 3,769 eagles.
The river?s riparian area provides suitable habitat for roosting, perching and feeding. The prolific runs of chum salmon (Onc orhynchuus keta) in the Squamish, Cheakamus, and Mamquam rivers attract eagles from all over the Pacific Northwest from November to February each year.
Each year the Bald Eagle attracts thousands of people from around the world to observe them in their winter home. One of the best places to spot the Bald Eagles is at the Eagle Run view point on Government Road. There are also many tours set up for eagle watching. You can choose horse back, rafting or walking tours.
All I can say I wow,,
- National/State Park
GO FOR A WALK
Hiking trails ranging from easy walks to strenuous backcountry adventures abound in the Squamish area.The most popular day hike in B.C. is the one to three hour Stairmaster excursion up the backside of the Stawamus Chief.
There are about a dozen good to great hikes close to Squamish, some of the best and most popular hikes in Canada. A few of them The Chief, Henrietta Lake, Elfin Lakes, and Garibaldi Lake & Black Tusk are truly outstanding and should not be missed by the hiking enthusiast visiting this area. Due to the mild coastal c
limate of the area, many of these hikes can be done year round. There are many good off road maps of the area to view or see the Squamish Forest District Interactive Map
Elfin Lakes & Mamquam Lake,
Alice Lake and Murrin Lake
The Squamish River Estuary is an amazing place to see wildlife. The hike itself takes just under an hour but plan on more time as you will want to stop to observe the ducks, herons, hawks, bald eagles and trumpeter swans.
- Hiking and Walking