Choosing one of the hotels in Squamish is in itself a pleasure. Each has a unique character, and each establishment is well-equipped to help you enjoy to the fullest the unique natural environment. Squamish hotels are located in one of the most pristine and attractive environments in British Columbia. A Squamish hotel will provide access to many unusual and exciting opportunities for recreation, leisure pleasures and the profound relaxation which comes from being in a beautiful natural setting filled with pleasant surprises. Known as the outdoor recreation capital of Canada, Squamish is located less than an hour north of Vancouver. The rugged Coast Mountains provide scenes of magnificent scenic beauty and the natural wonder of the environment provides a delightful background for outdoors activities, recreation, dining, all available in near proximity to a delightful assortment of Squamish hotels.
Minutes from your hotel in Squamish, outdoor recreation opportunities abound. Windsurfing at the Squamish Spit, located at the mouth of the Squamish River, is said to be one of the top ten windsurfing locations in the world. The area’s many small lakes also offer novices practice opportunities. Squamish is also known as one of the premiere mountain biking locations in British Columbia. Scuba diving is available in at least three locations and equipment is available for rent locally (check with any of the Squamish Hotels for location and details). In addition, hiking trails abound, from easy walks to challenging wilderness adventures. For hiking aficionados, a three hour “Stairmaster” excursion up the backside of the Stawamus Chief is a great day hike. Available at local Squamish hotels is also information on hikes in Garibaldi Provincial Park, Lake Lovely Water Provincial Park, Alice Lake Provincial Park, in the Squamish River Estuary, around Brohm Lake and Deeks Lake and many more. Your hotel staff will be able to provide additional details on Squamish hiking opportunities. There are two excellent 18-hole golf courses for golfers, and the fishing is ideal. Squamish has long been known as a world-renouned destination for fishermen. Hotels in Squamish will provide you with any information and assistance you need to create your ideal fishing experience. In addition world-famous rock climbing, kayaking, canoeing, rafting, swimming, snowmobiling, ski touring, and the rare opportunity to view bald eagles makes Squamish an unparalleled outdoor destination. The Squamish area has the greatest concentration of wintering bald eagles in the world. Only minutes from your hotel in Squamish from November until March, you will be able to view literally thousands of eagles, and local companies provide walking and rafting tours for eagle viewing.
The August Jack Motor Inn is a Squamish hotel with a unique history. The name itself has a special story. West Coast Native tradition is proudly moulded into our valley and the naming of the August Jack Motor Inn continues with this tradition. Our Squamish hotel was named after a well known, popular Indian Chief, August Jack.
Permission to use the name August Jack was given by his daughter Mrs. Frances (Louise) Williams and son Wilfred Williams, both Squamish residents. They were pleased and felt it a great honour to have their father’s name take a prominent place in the community.
August Jack, hereditary Chief Khatsahlano, was the last of 40 great medicine men in the ancient order of the dancers of the Squamish Indians. He was born in Stanley Park, Vancouver and lived in what is now known as the False Creek area.
August Jack and his wife Mary Ann lived in and around Squamish for many years where he was a boom man. He moved to the Capilano Indian Reserve for a time but eventually moved back to Squamish. He and his wife had their own home on the reserve in the North Yards.
His daughter Louise said he was a great story teller and people often come from many parts of the province and elsewhere to visit him. His totem pole carving was a true work of art and a favourite pastime was to get away prospecting. A grandson Frankie Williams carries his grandfather’s Indian name. He had several other grandchildren and spent many hours with them.
This man, well-loved by white and Native alike, died in Squamish on June 5, 1971. His age was not known for sure but he was thought to be well over 100 years old. His wife Mary Ann died here in April 1971. Some of his family still reside in Squamish. Please enjoy this and other historical stories at our Squamish hotel and we will also provide you with Community maps and other information on where to find out more about local history.