Have you ever wanted to try fly fishing? Topo films and Echo Fly Fishing headed up to Squamish Valley and showed us how its done.
Author:Paula de Jong
Although we love all seasons, Winter in Squamish might just be our favourite time of year. To help us prove this, we picked our top 15 photos of Winter in Squamish that are guaranteed to take your breath away. So sit back with your mocha and enjoy the following photos which prove that Winter in Squamish is simply stunning and full of adventure.
Remember to share your Squamish photos with us, follow us on Instagram and hashtag #squamishadventure to share the love of Squamish.
Photo by Alex Ratson
@aratson is a local rock & ice climber, and all-round adventurer. He has made our list before and will make it again. Be sure to follow him for outdoor adventure photos that are sure to inspire!
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Photo by: Heather Bell @heatherrbella
Ultra running, powerlifting, skiing, co-owner of CFSQ/Squamish Barbell | Searching for and appreciating pretty views, music, good tequila & hotdogs
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Photo by: Shondra Martin
“The earth does not belong to us, We belong to the earth. And we have an obligation to respect it”
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Photo By Brendan Urlocker
Trail runner, Business student. Living in the heart of the Sea to Sky. Squamish, BC
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Photo By: Brittney Munro
?No one would come and watch the sunset with me on my break, their loss. . . . . #sunset #mountainporn #snowday #seatoskygondola #lunchbreak #skyporn #sunsetporn #pnw #pnwbc #hellobc #tourismsquamish #exploresquamish #pnwonderland #lovemyjob #getlost #needbetterfriends
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Photo by: gmallett – Also a frequenter on our best photos list! Follow him for more great shots
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Exploring the back roads with @_jaimeedanielle _______________________________________________ #vscomood #ourPNWstory #artofvisuals #visualsoflife #waterfall #visualcreators #vancityfeature #dailyhivevan #allaboutadventures #enjoycanada #canadianoutdoors #vancityvibe #amazing_shots #storiesofthecoast #ig_landscapes #pnwparadise #pnwcollective #exploresquamish #outdoorvancouver #theNWadventure #squamishadventure #vancityhype #adventurevisuals #imagesofcanada #canadaday #pnwwonderland #explorecanada #hikebc #canada_true #canada_pic
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Photo by: Solana Klassen
So-LAY-na. Trailrunner. UltraMarathoner. BeastModeCoach. Vancouverite➡️Squamishite. @LadiesOfTheTrails founder, @5PeaksRun RD, co-owner @CapraRunning www.SolanaLeigh.com
Snuck in a stunning midday romp in the woods with my girl @cathsea2sky today, for our 42nd day of running in a row. The trails were covered with wonderful fluffy snow, the sun was shining bright, and our laughter bounced off the trees, as we giggled all the way. It wasn’t long, it wasn’t fast, but it was honestly perfect. #capra #caprarunning #capra30x60 #ladiesofthetrails #running #trailrunning #squamish #squamishbc #thisissquamish #squamishadventure #squamishisawesome
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Photo by Julian Atkinson
“Your friendly giant with an appetite for adventure and the great outdoors”
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Photo by: Newt Martinez
What goes up must come down ⛷! #explorerbabes #earthfever #exploresquamish #seatoskygondola #squamish #explorebc #explorecanada #squamishadventure #beautifulbc #bcparks #pnwonderland #mecnation #arcteryx #britishcolumbia #hellobc #photooftheday #mountainlife #wildernessculture #westcoast #wonderlust #mountains #imagesofcanada #southcoasttouring #skitouring #backcountryskiing #adventuregirls #travelphotography #travelcanada #adventure
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Photo by: jordsyu
Squamish B.C. ? Mountains ? Rivers ? Ocean ? Travel ✈️
The break between storms. #exploresquamish #seatoskygondola #squamish #explorebc #explorecanada #squamishadventure #bc #beautifulbc #bcparks #pnw #pnwonderland #mecnation #arcteryx #Canada #britishcolumbia #hellobc #photooftheday #mountainlife #wildernessculture #westcoast #wanderlust #mountains #imagesofcanada #ilove_bc #alpineclubofcanada #winter #southcoasttouring #britishcolumbiamagazine #skiing #skitouring
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Photo By: Glenny GS
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Photo By: Simone Mandarino
Builder. Cyclist. Hiker. Backcountry snowboarder. Enjoy sharing the photos that I take along the way. Vancouver, BC
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Photo By: Theapartmentphoto
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Photo By: Mike Homes
“My dog is my role model. Squamish BC and beyond.www.squamishvalleyhops.com”
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Photo by: Rory Tucker
“Capturing what I see & experience day to day. You’re welcome to follow along. Between Vancouver & Whistler”
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Photo by : Deanna
“Climbing, hiking, exploring with my dog. Based in Squamish, BC but soon embracing the vanlife.”
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Author:Paula de Jong
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Over the past few years our sleepy town of Squamish has quickly gaining recognition as world class outdoor recreation destination. From kiteboarding on the Howe Sound, hiking on an extensive trail network, to mountain biking and backcountry skiing, these are just some of the exciting activities Squamish has to offer.
These amazing attractions combined with Squamish’s sense of community fueled a 14.6 percent population growth from 2006 to 2011, and now the world is taking notice as well. The New York Times listed Squamish as one of its 52 places to go in 2015, and with the creation of the Sea to Sky Gondola, this little town of 17,500 has become one of B.C.’s most popular destinations.
More people passing through or relocating to Squamish brings countless benefits, but also a few drawbacks. While tourism helps energize the economy, facilitates cultural exchange, and provides an opportunity to share a small part of the natural wonders of the Sea to Sky Corridor, it also puts a lot of pressure on our little town and parks.
As our community gains popularity and continues to attract more and more people out to enjoy our stunning nature, we thought it was time to create this Guide to Adventuring Responsibly, to give you some ideas on how to best enjoy our town with the least impact on our natural amenities.
Please enjoy, share and let us know if we missed anything you would add!
As Squamish continues to grow, it’s important that we all adventure and enjoy the outdoors responsibly to protect the natural landscape and culture that draws visitors in the first place. Here are six ways to adventuring responsibly in Squamish:
Many people come to Squamish to escape the fast-paced, impersonal life of the city. Part of the appeal is the slower pace and a sense of community. Residents tend to know one another, smile, and say hi. We don’t want to lose that small-town charm, and we don’t have to, either. Get to know your neighbors and participate in community events. When you see an unfamiliar face, say hi and strike up a conversation. Provincial parks and outdoor adventure sports aren’t the only things Squamish has to offer – we have a unique culture and lifestyle that can only be shared through personal interaction. No one should get lost in a crowd.
Squamish is more than a town – it encompasses many parks, which have their own, slightly wilder, animal inhabitants. These animals are cute in pictures, but remember that in person the situation is more complicated. You are a danger to them, and they are a danger to you. Most people want to protect the flora and fauna, but not everyone knows how to or realizes that their actions have serious consequences.
Unfortunately, not following these guidelines leads to the death of many animals, especially bears. Bears are common in the parks during summer, and the scent of unattended food or garbage draws them dangerously close to campsites and picnic areas.
Normally, bears are afraid of humans, but when people keep leaving food out or it becomes accessible to wildlife, bears will keep coming back. They eventually lose their fear and associate humans with food. When this happens, it may approach or harm humans, and the park has to destroy it. Avoid contributing to this situation by following guidelines and park regulations and so that you can adventure responsibly in Squamish.
Wanting to experience nature to its fullest and without restrictions is understandable, but Squamish’s provincial parks have designated camping areas for a reason. If spots are full during the busy season, don’t take it upon yourself to pitch your tent somewhere else. Not only is it illegal and is not adventuring responsibly in Squamish, but making your own campsite damages vegetation and causes soil erosion.
The threat of forest fires can’t be overemphasized. In 2016, a remote forest fire near Fort McMurray’s destroyed over 500,000 hectares. While the cause is still unknown, hundreds of national parks all over the world have been devastated by campers who fail to follow fire regulations and safety.
Each park in Squamish has clear fire regulations. Before going, check the guidelines on BC Parks’ website.
Most of Squamish’s trails are well-marked and easy to follow. You should never make your own trails or stray from marked paths. Leaving the trail is dangerous and destroys the vegetation and soil structure.
Tourists and residents alike enjoy visiting the parks and participating in outdoor activities. Remember that you aren’t alone and that the parks belong to everyone. Don’t disturb other campers, let other hikers or bikers pass on the trails, and work to create a friendly and welcoming atmosphere.
We have so much nature to explore, but it is everyone’s responsibility to respect and work as a community to protect it. If everyone acts responsibly we can continue to develop Squamish while preserving the incredible wildlife that surrounds us and our approachable, small-town culture.
Author:Paula de Jong
The sea to sky region is home to world class year round fly fishing in Whistler and Squamish. The winter season brings excellent fishing opportunities to the region. Enjoy our latest update on the current Squamish and Whistler Fly Fishing conditions. Be sure to contact us today to book a local knowledgeable guide to experience the best of Whistler & Squamish Fly fishing.
The whole winter season right into the spring months are the best times to fish our coastal rivers in the Squamish and Whistler areas. The trout are active and the next few weeks should be excellent for walk and wade tours along the local Squamish rivers. We are targeting rainbow trout, bull trout and cutthroat trout.
Be sure to enjoy excellent eagle watching in the valley for the anglers who fish Squamish until the end of February.
We are now targeting the Winter steelhead in the Squamish river. For clients who want the best chance at catching a wild BC steelhead full day or multi day trips are recommended.
Please note that all steelhead, trout and char have to be released with care.
Book a guide today so we can hook you into some serious fish this winter.
Don’t forget that rainbow trout fishing doesn’t get any better this time of year, so give us a call and find out more about what is happening in the fishing world.
Winter weather has arrived, which signals the beginning of an excellent Winter fishing season. Did you know Chum are the second largest salmon species? That means fantastic fights and huge rewards.
The Sea to Sky area enjoys an excellent winter and spring fishery between November and May. With plenty of species to fish for, each month brings a different adventure. October brings the chum and Coho salmon to local waters, although the late season coho salmon fishing is now done for the year.
We do live in a rainforest, so don’t forget to bring your rain gear! Some of the best fishing in the area happens in the rain, and if you come prepared with the right gear, you can enjoy a very comfortable day on the water. There are a wide variety of streams, rivers, and lakes to fish in the area, so there are always options if the rivers start raging. As summer turns into fall, the chum, Coho, and trout fishing picks up and fishes steady through some of our wettest months. So don’t shy away from the rain, as you never know what you might hook into!
Author:Paula de Jong
Squamish has earned the reputation of being hardwired for adventure due to all the outdoor recreation opportunities available from sea to sky. The Winter season lives up to this reputation by offering more winter activities within 30 minutes of downtown Squamish than any other community in BC. Here is our list of the best things to do this winter in in Squamish:
The coast mountains surrounding Squamish receive more precipitation annually than Whistler, due to the proximity to the Ocean. In the winter months this means more powder in the alpine! The accessible terrain is limited to your imagination, book a local guide and ski on many of the snowcapped peaks you see surrounding the town.
The bald eagles return to Squamish every November to feast on our salmon run. Watch these incredible birds in their natural habitat with guided tours at the Cheakamus Center, or take an Eagle Rafting trip departing daily from Sunwolf Rafting.
Brohme Ridge offers unparalleled ocean views to go with your deep powder turns, while the Callaghan is a great location to take a tour and try this sport for your first time. Luxury tours out of Whistler will fly you in a helicopter to your awaiting snowmobile where you can embark on a day exploring the Pemberton Ice Caps with friends. All of this is available within 2 hours of Squamish, making the area an epic snowmobile destination for all people, from beginner to professionals.
The Sea to Sky Gondola is taking winter adventures in Squamish to new heights this year. They will be offering snowshoeing and snow tubing starting in mid December for alpine fun for the whole family. Enjoy the winter wonderland with an unparalleled views of the Howe Sound Fjord at the Sea to Sky Gondola.
Elfin lakes is a popular backcountry skiing route near Squamish for ski touring, snowshoeing and splitboarding. The Sea to Sky gondola will also open up new access to some of the best terrain in North America. The terrain is big and complex with lots of steeps, alpine bowls and pillows. It is not suited for the beginner or inexperienced skier, but with proper preparation, skills and guides Squamish is a great location to enjoy untouched powder and no lift lines in the backcountry.
Ocean watersports on the Howe Sound are available year round. On calm winter days book a guided tour in the covered motorboat, dropping crab traps and exploring the First Nations pictographs visible on the rock walls of the Howe Sound. Or rent sea kayaks for a self propelled journey.
Callaghan Country just 35 minutes north of Squamish offers world class nordic skiing facilities. Learn how to cross country ski, or use your skills to take you to the Journeyman Lodge for a unique overnight experience.
Squamish is known as a world class anglers destination. Winter fishing months allow anglers to target a variety of winter species such as: bull trout, cutthroat trout, rainbow trout, dolly varden and winter steelhead.
The mountain biking and hiking trails around Squamish remain ride-able year round at lower elevations. The four lakes trail is a great place for winter hikes due to the lower elevation, wind protection and thick trees for rain coverage. Please respect SORCA closure signs as some mountain bike trails are more impacted by water flow than others.
Squamish is home to the only western style horseback riding near Vancouver. Winter is the best season to explore upper Squamish Valley on horseback while spotting the wintering bald eagles. Be sure to pack your camera and cowboy boots for this memorable and fun experience.
Ground Up opened just in time for winter this year, and promises to be an epic place to bring your family friends and stay in climbing shape on the wet days! Enjoy a delicious cup of coffee while watching the climbers challenge themselves on this great new indoor climbing gym.
The dirt bike trail network around Squamish is simply awesome. There are trails suited for all skill levels from beginner to advanced which are ridable year round at lower elevations.
Cat Skiing & Snowboarding is an experience of a lifetime, nothing beats untouched powder with a small group of friends in the beautiful Coastal BC mountains. We are blessed with epic backcountry skiing so close to the city, and hit with deep powder due to the pacific storms. The Snowcat allows you to be a world away, yet so close to the city.
If the wet weather is getting you down, remember that means it is usually snowing at the higher elevations. In the meantime, be sure to check out our tips for the best things to do on a Rainy Day in Squamish.
All of these activities and more are available within a short drive of downtown Squamish. Our unique landscape allows for winter adventures from Sea to Sky. We invite you to experience Squamish this winter, call or book your winter adventure today!