Squamish, located at the head of Howe Sound on Highway 99, (the Sea to Sky Highway), is midway between Whistler and Vancouver. Squamish means Mother of the Wind in the native Coast Salish, which is testimony to the winds that rise from the north before noon and blow steadily until dusk, making Squamish a top wind surfing destination. Annual Proam events are held here. For those who prefer staying dry, The Stawamus Chief, the second largest freestanding piece of granite in the world, has made Squamish one of the top rock climbing destinations in North America. Advanced and novice climbers alike look for appropriate routes to the three peaks… 'The Chief,' 'The Squaw,' and 'The Apron.’ At last count there were 180 routes to climb on Stawamus Chief Mountain.
The spectacular two-hour drive along the Sea to Sky Highway (99 North), from Vancouver to Whistler offers awe-inspiring views. Whistler village, nestled between Blackcomb and Whistler Mountains is " The Princess of the West Coast." It has been transformed from the tiny wilderness recreation community originally known as Alta Lake to the world famous super-resort village with a population of 10,000. Central to everything in the resort are the shopping areas and après-ski restaurants bordered by squeaky- clean streets. While winter and spring snow conditions on the mountain are second- to-none, fall is still a wonderful time for hiking, biking, and horseback riding. For something a little different, consider venturing into the backcountry with a professional musher and his team of Inuit sled dogs. A truly Canadian experience! No matter what you choose to do, Whistler serves up an attractive mix of cosmopolitan amenities and pristine beauty.