The Inns in Squamish offer the distinct pleasures associated with being located in the recreational capital of Canada, with striking scenery and exciting outdoor activities, and numerous other points of local interest. From hiking to riding to windsurfing to scuba diving, there is no location in the country that offers a wider variety of enjoyable outdoor activities in a beautiful setting. Choose your season, choose your favorite adventure, and choose a Squamish Inn located in the spot that will put you in the middle of everything, or in a peaceful and serene location from which you can easily explore everything you want to see and do.
Squamish travel notes would be incomplete without mentioning Shannon Falls, a short distance south of Squamish itself. Visitors park their car and walk up a short trail to a viewing area. The waterfall is very tall (said to be taller than Niagara Falls) and narrow – it cascades over the side of a rocky cliff. During the summer the falls are quite narrow, but during the early spring the falls are loud and ferocious. The most famous landmark in all of Squamish is the Stawamus Chief; a large granite rock. Thousands climb the Chief annually, inching their way up the smooth vertical face of the westward cliff. Others who are looking for a less challenging but still remarkable experience will take the easy route: hiking the back trails up to the top. Again, leave your car at the Shannon Falls parking lot, and follow the sign to the “Stawamus Chief Trail”. The trail takes you along the back of the chief up to the top of the granite rock where you can look down the face of the cliff. The view from above is supposed to be spectacular, as you could see all the surrounding mountains, glaciers, forests and Howe Sound. For those interested in railway history, The West Coast Railway Heritage Park is located just off Highway 99. In a beautiful mountain setting, the 12-acre Heritage Park tells the story of the role of the railways in creating Western Canada and is open year round.
Your Squamish Inn will be happy to provide you with information on things to do in Squamish, and local activity maps. Squamish is the “Winter Resort Destination” for the Bald Eagle. As many as 3,000 eagles, attracted by seasonal salmon runs, reside here from mid-November to mid-February or March. The dykes along the Squamish and Mamquam Rivers offer an excellent spot to view the eagles. Squamish also stages the “World’s Largest Logging Show.” The festival is held every year on the BC Day long weekend, and thrills visitors with the world class loggers skills competitions. Also, history buffs enjoy the West Coast Railway Heritage Park and daily summer visits by the Royal Hudson steam train, as well as the Mining Museum and several local native craft galleries offering a fine selection. The Brackendale Art Gallery is a centre for the performing and fine arts in the Squamish Valley. In addition to hosting permanent and traveling exhibitions, the gallery is used as a venue for concerts, theatre workshops and lectures, and offers food as well. Staff in August Jack Motor Inn will be able to provide information on current exhibitions.