Day Out With Thomas

  • Posted on April 27, 2017
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Since its incorporation in 1961, the West Coast Railway Association has been working tirelessly to preserve, restore and maintain the railways of Canada. This May, the West Coast Railway Heritage Park in Squamish will host everyone’s favourite fictional train, Thomas the Tank Engine over their “Day Out With Thomas” weekends. Train enthusiasts, history buffs and those with a love for old-fashioned engineering make up much of the visitors to the West Coast Railway Heritage Park in Squamish, British Columbia each year. Run by the West Coast Railway Association, the over 1 500 active members and volunteers bring visitors exciting exhibits,…

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Brackendale Eagle Count is Up

  • Posted on January 24, 2017
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From an impressive count of over one thousand in 2014, to less than half that in 2016, the bald eagle count in Brackendale, British Columbia left many watchers concerned over the birds’ fate; but it’s good news this year, as the 2017 numbers jumped from a concerning 411 to 698, mainly thanks to the increase in wild salmon availability in the region. Every year, over Christmas and during January, bird watchers converge on both Brackendale and Whistler to enjoy the migration of various bird species and to help count both the number of birds and the number of different species…

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Sea to Sky Gondola’s Headlamp Hike

  • Posted on January 4, 2017
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Just because the sun sets early in winter, doesn’t mean there isn’t ample opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors, even after dark. That said, we do not recommend that you go off at dusk on your own, even if you are an experience outdoors enthusiast – the risks are significant. That’s why guided activities with groups and qualified, experienced guides are so ideal for enjoying frozen nature at twilight and in the early evenings, like the popular Squamish Headlamp Hike, offered between January and March by the Sea to Sky Gondola. Hiking is one of the most popular pastimes for…

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BC’s Hidden Winter Wonderland

  • Posted on November 24, 2016
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There is a place where the Pacific Ocean meets the mountains, as “The Chief” towers over the lapping waters of Howe Sound, yachts dot the bay at Nexen Beach. The town of Squamish, along the #99 Highway (and less than an hour’s drive from Vancouver) is Winter’s best kept secret, and the Outdoor Recreation Capital of Canada. The winter holidays can present a challenge for families. Apart from all the festivities of the Christmas season, children long for excitement and entertainment over the holidays. Squamish is an affordable solution, and there are many wonderful adventures, and hidden treasures to discover….

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Squamish: BC’s Outstanding Biking Destination

  • Posted on October 28, 2016
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Sea to Sky is the name of a very special stretch of the Highway #99, and it absolutely deserves the grand title… This route, just a 45 minute ride from both Vancouver, and Whistler includes the town of Squamish, the ultimate biking destination. Squamish is surrounded by mountains on three sides, and Howe Sound (the Pacific Ocean) on the fourth. If you’re looking for a picturesque ride through winding views of waterfalls, mountains, snatches of vast ocean, and BC rain forest, you absolutely can’t beat this route! In fact, if you’ve done Chucanut Drive in Washington, you need to chalk…

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Squamish Accommodations for Road Construction

  • Posted on September 11, 2016
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Running along a steep cliff overlooking the majestic Howe Sound, the Sea to Sky Highway is the section of highway 99 running between horseshoe bay and Pemberton. Following the original upgrades prior to the 2010 winter Olympics, the government of British Columbia again pledged around $5.4 million to additional upgrades to this highway as part of the B.C. on the Move programme. The upgrades, which will take place between Lions Bay and Pemberton, are intended to improve not only road conditions for drivers, but also to improve both safety and mobility for pedestrians and cyclists along one of the busiest…

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Squamish Accommodations for the Film Industry

  • Posted on August 17, 2016
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Since the construction of the Pacific Great Eastern Railway gave birth to a small terminus town in the early twentieth century, Squamish has attracted people for a variety of reasons. The city is incorporated into the homeland of the Squamish people and is close to a number of Squamish nation reservations. It is also home to a large network of trails suitable for hiking, climbing and mountain biking, while the winds on Squamish Spit make this a popular destination for windsurfing and kiteboarding. What you may not know about Squamish, however, is that it is a very popular destination for…

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Squamish Days Loggers Sports Festival

  • Posted on July 2, 2016
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This year marks the 59th consecutive year of the Squamish Logger Sports festival. The events will span four days, from July 28th through August 1st. Thursday, July 28th will begin with the Kettle Boil Challenge, held at the Squamish Valley Golf Course at 6:00pm. Teams of two will attempt to boil water in the fastest time. It’s free to watch, $15 to enter. On Friday from 3:30 – 5:30pm, across from MacDonald Realty on Cleveland Avenue, the World Championship Chair Carve will be held. It’s a free event to watch. Chairs will be auctioned off after the contest, with proceeds…

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