Five years ago, my husband Jeff and I moved from Vancouver to Squamish as newlyweds. It was a surprisingly easy transition from city-living. We were ready for a larger living space and easy access to the mountains. We’ve added a dog and two sons to the mix and haven’t looked back! We love our little mountain town and all it has to offer.
Here are five things we love about living in Squamish:
Located a short drive off the highway, this quaint cafe serves the best breakfast in town. Your dog and kids can frolic in the grass while you wait for your meal. Try the Dubliner Benny (my personal fave.)
The trail network
Squamish is famous for its extensive trails for a reason. Purchase a map at any bike shop in town and go for a mountain bike, walk, trail run or dog walk. These multi-use trails won’t disappoint. Some of our favourites:
- Jacks Trail: A connector trail to Alice Lake Provincial Park, this mellow trail is a favourite for short hikes and mellow rides. One of the most vibrantly green trails in town!
- Word of Mouth: Near Quest University, this trail is more of an advanced mountain bike ride as it follows a steep rock face overlooking Squamish and Howe Sound. We frequently walk our dog Mags on this trail for a quick workout.
- Tracks from Hell: This trail is a rite of passage for mountain bikers in Squamish. Following an old railway track, an extremely long skinny wood bridge crosses a muddy bog. You’ve got to give it a go. Many a riders end up in the mud!
Easy to get to off the highway is one of the most popular restaurants in town. Awesome service, family friendly and truly authentic Japanese cuisine. Try the new spicy ramen that was recently added to the menu, the crunchy pork gyoza and anything from their sashimi fresh sheet.
You can essentially drive out into the middle of Howe Sound to watch for seals, kiteboarders and a pod of orcas, if you’re lucky. The road to the spit is bumpy but is completely accessible. This is also a great (and free) date spot.
The Locavore food truck
A quick stop off the highway on Mamquam Road is where you’ll find this gem. Their menu items are all locally-sourced, with the best veggie burger in town (expert tip: add bacon!) While you’re there, grab a latte at the Cloudburst Cafe nearby and peruse a few of the local shops.