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The Squamish Nation

Squamish, BC, Canada
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Squamish, BC has a beautiful visitor's center in the heart of town that is worth making a stop at right on the highway. Here you can gather information on the area's activities and attractions and see what lodging options are available to you if you're "winging it" and haven't book a hotel or campground in advance. Pick up coupon books and brochures, too, of course! The staff are extremely helpful. You can pinpoint where you live on a giant map using pins inside the visitor's center as well. Furthermore, and perhaps most importantly, you can also learn about the history of the Squamish Nation in the small museum on site whom are the indigenous people that inhabit the area. They have their own language, culture and way of life. Only a few thousand native ancestors remain today (many of them sadly perished in the 1700's due to diseases brought by the British) but it's still interesting to learn about them. They have their own designated "nation" nearby on Howe Sound as decreed by the Canadian government many years ago (a la much like an Indian reservation in the U.S.).
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Transportation

Sea-to-Sky Highway
Gorgeous highway between Vancouver and Whistler is worth the trip alone!

Points of interest

Mount Tantalus
One of several mountain peaks of the BC Cascades near Whistler.
Howe Sound
Gorgeous bay along the Sea to Sky highway between Vancouver and Whistler.
Daisy Lake
Brandywine Falls empties into this long north-south lake called Daisy Lake.
Lions Bay
A collection of beaches line the shores of Howe Sound making for beautiful views along the highway to Whistler.
Whistler Mountain
A new suspension bridge recently opened the past summer on Whistler Mountain. Definitely not for the faint at heart if you fear heights! Worth it though.
Castle Towers Mountain
One of the many mountainous peaks on the highway to Whistler.
Shannon Falls
Towering falls plunges over 1000 feet from a steep cliff.
Brandywine Falls Provincial Park
Beautiful short 1/2 km trail leads to this falls which plunges in a pool below.
Stawamus Chief Provincial Park
This Provincial Park is named after one of the chiefs of the Squamish Nation, Chief Stawamus.
Rose Park
Nice roadside park across the way from the visitor center.
Squamish Adventure Centre
Stop at the adventure/visitor's center to learn all about the different excursion and activities you can do in the area. And no, it's not just skiing in the winter time!

Special activities

Grouse Mountain @ Skyride
For the best views in Vancouver head up Grouse mountain.
Peak 2 Peak Gondola
A must do attraction in Whistler. Soar from peak to peak on the longest of it’s kind cable car in the world.
Sea to Sky Gondola
Ride the Sea to Sky Gondola for incredible views below.

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