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Squamish Top 5 Hidden Gems

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This year Squamish has seen another surge in popularity as tourism has widely increased up and down the Sea to Sky Corridor. With the attraction of the Gondola even more people are choosing to either stop off on their way to Whistler, or stay for a number of nights.

As property prices rise in the city, more and more people are looking to Squamish as a place to live, and with all the area has to offer it is easy to see why.

All of this means that the town’s main attractions are seeing an increase in traffic, so our agents thought they’d provide you with some of their favourite ‘hidden gems’:

Via Ferrata

The Via Ferrata (Italian for “Iron Way”) is a new, engineered hiking adventure accessed by the Sea-to-Sky Gondola. Assisted by metal rungs and a specialized cable system, this exciting hike takes you along catwalks and bridges offering unmatched views of the Howe Sound!

This hidden gem is well worth checking out. Visit the official site to book your guided trip!

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Fergie’s Café

Fergie’s is a firm local’s favourite, hidden away at the northern most tip of Squamish Valley Road, offering fantastic breakfasts, brunches and lunches.

In winter you can cosy up inside by the fire and in summer you can relax outside on the deck. The cafe gets its produce from a variety of organic and free range local suppliers. The menu offers classic breakfasts along with some great eggs Benedict. Well worth checking out!

Squamish Valley Campground

Squamish Valley campground

A familiar location for those who have frequented the Squamish Valley Music Festival, this campground offers an alternative for those looking to stay in the area.

The campground is located on a private beach along the Squamish River, with breathtaking views of mountains, glaciers and waterfalls. This rustic spot is perfect to take in the natural beauty the area has to offer and get a feel for what Squamish is about.

Squamish Estuary and Spit

The Estuary and Spit is a popular location for kiteboarders, but one not frequented much by anyone else.

It is an incredible place to watch the sunset on the Stawamus Chief, and considering how easily accessible it is, it’s surprising how vacant it often is. To get there, just head down the road towards the spit and park in any of the spots. You can also walk down to the spit for more beautiful views.

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Jim Haberl Hut

This one really is a hidden gem. If you’re looking for an adventure and to get away from everything, look no further than the Jim Haberl Hut.

Located in the Tantalus Range, just northwest of Squamish, BC, it sits at 2,030 m (6,660 ft) elevation about a 6-hour hike above Lake Lovely Water and the Tantalus Hut or a full 14 hours (usually done over two days) from the Squamish River.

The hut fits 6 people, has a kitchen, living room and some truly incredible views to the north, south and west. Find out more information HERE!