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Overview of Squamish, British Columbia, Canada

Squamish is located at the tip of Howe Sound just 45 minutes north of Vancouver and 45 minutes south of Whistler in British Columbia. Surrounded by the Coast Range mountains and Pacific Ocean, Squamish offers world class outdoor recreation. Squamish means Mother of the Wind in Coast Salish, which is testimony to the winds that rise from the north before noon and blow steadily until dusk.

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  • Population: 14,247 (2001)
  • Area: 95.41/km²
  • Population Density: 149.3/km²
  • Latitude: 49°42?06.2?N
  • Longitude: 23°09?31.5?W
  • Weather: See Forecast
  • Time Zone: Pacific
  • Language: English
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History of Squamish, British Columbia

. Descendants of the aboriginal people who made the epic journey from Asia across a frozen Bering Strait and down the Alaskan Panhandle to Howe Sound, possibly as long as 5,000 years ago, still live in the area today. For millennia, the Sko-mish or Squamish people hunted, trapped, fished and raised their families in theValley. In June, 1792 when British Explorer Captain George Vancouver and his crew sailed their ship Discovery into Howe Sound's Darrell Bay, just south of Squamish. Mr. and Mrs. Alec Robertson of Manitoba pre-empted land in 1889, then farmed and settled at the head of Howe Sound. The Robertsons so loved their new home that their daughter Catherine and her husband Allan Rae settled in Squamish later that same year. A month after the Rae's arrival in the area they had the first non-native baby born in the valley: a son they named Edgar.

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Squamish's Demographics

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Squamish's Climate

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Education in Squamish, British Columbia

Squamish is part of School District 48- Howe Sound and has an elementary school, students are bused to surrounding cities to attend secondary schools.

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Transportation around Squamish, British Columbia

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Tourism and Attractions of Squamish

Squamish is known as the "Outdoor Recreation Capital of Canada". Every season has something to keep you busy outdoors. From windsurfing, mountain biking, scuba diving, golf, fishing, snowmobiling to ski touring, downhill skiing & snowboarding…just to name a few!

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Surrounding Communities

  • Squamish
  • Darrell Bay
  • Britannia Beach
  • Woodfibre
  • Brackendale
  • Garibaldi Estates
  • Cheekamus
  • Garibaldi Highlands

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Geography of Squamish, British Columbia

Squamish is located in the southwest corner of the Province of British Columbia, just north of the Greater Vancouver metropolitan area and south of the resort community of Whistler.

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Squamish's Government

Squamish is governed by a municipal council which consists of a Mayor and six councilors.

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Squamish's Economy and Industry

Accommodation and food services are the largest industries in Squamish. Transportation and warehousing, which ranks third in Squamish, and construction, which ranks fourth, are also much more important locally than in the provincial economy.

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Squamish's Culture and Significant Events

The month-long Eagle Festival is held every January, drawing crowds from around the world. November through March, thousands of bald eagles gather along the shores of the Squamish Cheakamus and Mamquam rivers.

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Sports in Squamish, British Columbia

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Media of Squamish

Squamish has a local newspaper, The Chief and an FM radio station, 107.1 Mountain FM.

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