Squamish Boat Rentals and Tours
Squamish boat rentals and tours are the best way to enjoy the full Sea to Sky experience. Squamish is the place where the Sea meets the Sky and The ocean is the ideal place to enjoy the dramatic views of snow capped mountains rising steeply from the sea. Views of Mount Garibaldi, Shannon falls, the Chief and kiteboarders flying on the spit welcome boaters as they explore the Howe sound Around Squamish.
The Howe Sound is known for world class views, wildlife sightings, endless adventures and recreation opportunities. And yet, the area has even more to offer through it’s rich and dynamic history and culture. The ocean brought the first inhabitants to the area, along with European explorers and industry.
Be sure to gas up before you get to Squamish, as we currently do not have a marine fueling station. The closest is in Furry Creek.
** For Boat Rentals & Tours please contact the Squamish Harbour directly**
When you depart on your next Squamish boat rental or tour, in addition to the stunning scenery, you will be treated to an abundance of wildlife viewing opportunities. Seals are found all over the Howe Sound, while Pam rock is a bird sanctuary. Resident eagles call the western side of the Howe Sound home, year long. Groups of herons can also be spotted feasting on the fish. Dolphins have been frequenting the Howe Sound more often with the occasional killer whale spotting.
Fishing and crabbing is also a fun option. Please check with the provincial standards and please ensure you have your licences.
Geography and Early History
The awe inspiring views of dramatically steep mountains rising sharply from the ocean are best experienced from the water. The landscape that provides us with endless adventure was formed about 15,000 years ago when our valley was covered in ice. This was a rugged an uninhabitable time of volcanic action and frozen landscapes, with only the highest peaks showing above the frozen landscape. The slow glacial melt carved our current landscape and uncovered the land that would eventually be settled. Archaeological studies date the first inhabitants of the area to over 9000 years ago. The culture of these original inhabitants of our land has evolved into what we know today as the Coast Salish and Squamish Nations.
Archaeological Sites of the Howe Sound
The Howe Sound and lush Squamish Valley was an ideal place to call home, and many village sites along the coast and rivers have been uncovered. A 1975 Archaeological survey uncovered sites on the islands of Keats, Bowen and Gambier. Shell middens, granite hammers, a basalt adze and many other artifacts were collected, and provided a glimpse into where and how people lived.
The Howe Sound is also home to several sacred burial sites. The oldest known remains were found at Gower Point near Gibsons, but burial sites sites are located along the coast, and even on some of the islands in the Sound. The islands provided protection from wolves and other predators that might disturb the remains. These sites are still protected and not open to visitors. Some areas, such as Defense Island are still used for events and ceremonies today.
In addition to these artifacts and sacred grounds, pictographs can be found on the rock walls of the Howe Sound at tide line. Furry Creek is home to native rock paintings believed to be anywhere from 800 to 3000 years old. The site is currently undergoing carbon dating to determine the exact age, and the images are of the same style as other First Nations art found from California to Siberia. Be sure to keep your exploring eyes out for ancient paintings the next time you are boating on the Howe Sound.
Exploring These Sites Responsibly:
Book your Squamish boat rental and enjoy visiting these sites responsibly. When visiting these islands on a summer boating trip, explorers should be aware of the possibility to find native artifacts. Please see our guide to exploring responsibly below!