Nestled between Vancouver and Whistler on one of North America’s most scenic stretches of highway, Squamish is a destination all by itself. A mecca for windsurfing, rock climbing, hiking and mountain biking that attracts both adventure seekers and sightseers, it was named by the New York Times as one of the Top 52 Places to Go. And what goes better with outdoor activity than great local craft beer?
Squamish residents have plenty to celebrate in terms of craft beer thanks to a terrific trio of local breweries. Howe Sound Brewing, which operates a brewpub, restaurant and inn at its location on the southern edge of downtown, is the original local brewery dating back to 1996. Its devoted following packs the pub and patio every night, certain that there will be a good beer on tap, some tasty options for food, and likely some live music for entertainment.
The other two craft breweries are more recent additions, both located on the north side of downtown. A-Frame Brewing celebrates west coast cabin culture in its rustic tasting room while Backcountry Brewing’s big tasting area serves up a range of beers along with delicious pizza made on-site. These two new operations have re-energized the Squamish craft beer scene, expanding on Howe Sound’s potential and giving residents and visitors alike options to choose from. And nothing is better than variety when it comes to beer.
Squamish offers epic outdoor adventures – from sea to sky – all within minutes of each other. Ride the thrilling Sea to Sky Gondola and take in spectacular views of the Stawamus Chief, old-growth forests, jagged snow-capped mountain peaks, and the turquoise waters of the Howe Sound fjord. Enjoy a hike at the summit of the Sea to Sky Gondola and reward yourself with a local craft beer proudly served at the Summit Lodge.
Squamish is an authentic West Coast mountain town with a legacy built around mining and forestry. Today it offers farm-to-table dining experiences, sidewalk cafés, driftwood beaches, a rich First Nations culture, and an expansive network of walking, hiking and mountain biking trails. In other words there is something for everyone to enjoy.
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Howe Sound pioneered Squamish’s craft beer scene in 1996 and is still going strong two decades later.
Bringing together the character of New Orleans with the beauty and bounty of the Pacific Northwest.
Choose from fibreglass or inflatable stand up paddleboards. The perfect way to enjoy Squamish’s scenic views! Rentals and tours available.
Big Squamish views of mountains, ponds and forests surround the massive patio. The menu includes a combination of comfort kitchen and farm fresh.
Ranked by Mountain Bike Magazine as one of the top 25 wildest, most exotic places to ride in the world, Squamish is hardwired for adventure and one of the most talked-about destinations for outdoor-lovers in North America. From famous free-ride trails to gnarly wilderness single-track and cruisy rain forest trails, you will not run out of single track in Squamish.
A-Frame Brewing offers a “lakeside-meets-the-mountains” vibe in its cozy, family-friendly tasting room.
In the short time since it opened, Backcountry Brewing has already become a community hub in Squamish.
The ride up to the summit provides sweeping views of Howe Sound, the majestic coastal forest and surrounding mountains. 10 minute gondola ride to 885m above sea level.
Located at the top station of the Sea to Sky Gondola. Choose to eat inside and enjoy the views through the floor to ceiling windows, or you eat outside on the spectacular Summit Lodge deck.
Stawamus Chief Provincial Park protects the 700 metre massive granite cliffs that stand at the southern entrance to Squamish on the scenic Sea to Sky Highway. Or visit the Squamish Oceanfront where you’ll be treated to commanding views of the Howe Sound and its coastal mountains. Finish off with a cocktail at Gillespie’s Fine Spirits.
This authentic West Coast mountain town has people talking. It’s not just the spectacular setting that’s captured the world’s attention, its also the ease of access to the great outdoors for everything from wind and water sports to hiking and biking.
Unquestionably, the geography here will amaze you. The Pacific Ocean narrows into Howe Sound, where the spectacular Coastal Mountains surround the Stawamus Chief, a granite monolith unlike any other. From the ocean to the snowy mountain peaks; from the rocky cliffs and waterfalls to the forests, lakes, rivers and estuary, Squamish is truly extraordinary. The area’s unique mix of mountains and water has created a world-class playground for adventurers of all levels.
Less than an hour from either Vancouver or Whistler, Squamish is a unique fusion of rugged landscapes, stunning vistas and West Coast culture. Discover what the buzz is about. Start planning your Squamish adventure today!