Boasting to be the “outdoor recreation capital of Canada” we felt right at home in Squamish. Known as Canada's climbing meca, where people from all around come to enjoy the bullet granite boulders and big walls. Squamish has a HUGE amount of beautiful walls/rocks with easy access... it's such a paradise!!
We bouldered for days and it was amazing. We bought the boulder guide which is huge and well worth it! We tried different areas every time, so much fun.
But it's not just the climbing, there are plenty of different outdoor activities to indulge in.
Alice Lake provincial park, is a great place to have fun. It has a campground and a lake surrounded by trails for hiking or biking.
We started at “Cliffs corner” and “Robbs corner” for biking, it's an easy warm up with plenty of turns to practice your riding. Then we continued onto "Jack trail" another beginner trail (two way). There is a great app available for the biking in Squamish and is well worth it for anyone planning on spending a few days.
After all you can enjoy a bath in Alice lake and also there is a water tap to fill you water tank for free in the picnic area of the lake. (This lake is where Jack trail starts, you can go by car and park here)
We were socked in with forest fire smoke the entire time we were in the area making hiking much less inviting. We were recommended by many people the following hikes. The Chief, Garibaldi Lake and Shannon Falls.
In summer there is a great Local Market on main street that has great vibes even in the rain! There are plenty of stalls, yummy food varied from veggies to cakes to jams, with artesian vendors too. We tried an amazing Foccacia with artichoke and goat cheese, the Ukrainian bakery was also incredibly good. All with a backdrop of live music.
Farm country market is like a country outdoor shopping complex with picnic tables, a cool café, food truck, kids toys, shops, hairdresser and a local organic food market. Pretty cute and it has occasional live music.
WHERE TO SLEEP?
You have plenty of campgrounds but we saw that all the dirtbags/climbers/van people sleep at the trail heads, sneaky spots around or at Walmart.
We took advantage of this quiet Walmart and spent almost all the nights there enjoying the free wifi and washroom.
We might be wrong but we think that the cheapest camping option was at Brennan Park Rec for $17.50/night.
At Brennan Park Rec you can get a shower for $4.50 and this includes the pool and the hot tub. Or you can get a wild shower at Brohme lake.
Comfy's coin laundry. Its a bit away from down town in a quite area with parking spots and a café just beside it. The café is spacious with good coffee/tea/food and free wifi.
Brohm lake is the perfect place to have a bath, the water is not freezing, it's not too crowded with separate rock spots to get into the lake and can't get too busy due to limited parking. Dogs are allow.
We enjoyed the good local beer and the food in the Howe Sound brewery more than one night after a hard day of bouldering. Great atmosphere with daily specials.