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Squamish (/ˈskwɔːmɪʃ/; 2011 census population 17,158) is a community and a district municipality in the Canadian province of British Columbia, located at the north end of Howe Sound on the Sea to Sky Highway. The population of the Squamish census agglomeration – including First Nation reserves of the Squamish Nation not governed by the municipality – is 15,256. The town of Squamish had its beginning during the construction of the Pacific Great Eastern Railway in the 1910s. It was the first southern terminus of that railway (now a part of CN). The town remains important in the operations of the line and also the port. Forestry has traditionally been the main industry in the area, and the town's largest employer was the Western Forest Products pulp mill. However, Western Pulp's Squamish Operation permanently ceased operation on January 26, 2006. Before the pulp mill, the town's largest employer had been International Forest Products (Interfor) with its sawmill and logging operation, but it closed a few years prior to the pulp mill's closing. In recent years, Squamish has become popular with Vancouver and Whistler residents' escaping the increased cost of living in those places, both less than one hour away by highway. Tourism is an increasingly important part of the town's economy, with an emphasis on outdoor recreation.

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  • Sea to Sky Gondola Ticket
    Sea to Sky Gondola Ticket35 Reviews

    Duration: Flexible

    Go from the sea to the sky with this fantastic gondola ride in Squamish, 40 miles (65 km) from Vancouver. Opened in May 2014,...

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  • Whistler Backcountry Flightseeing Tour
    Whistler Backcountry Flightseeing Tour1 Reviews

    Duration: 50 Mins

    Garibaldi Provincial Park, the crown jewel of Sea-to-Sky Country, contains the most awe-inspiring sights and visual delights ...

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  • Squamish Elaho White-Water Rafting
    Squamish Elaho White-Water Rafting5 Reviews

    Duration: 5 Hrs 30 Mins

    Enjoy an exhilarating white-water rafting trip along the Elaho River in Squamish, in the midst of British Columbia's gorgeous...

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  • Squamish Cheakamus White-Water Rafting
    Squamish Cheakamus White-Water Rafting2 Reviews

    Duration: 3 Hrs

    Discover your sense of adventure and love of the outdoors on this fun and memorable family-friendly rafting trip midway betwe...

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Facts and Stats for Squamish*

  • Pollution Statistics in Squamish

    Know the pollution level of Squamish before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 50 (Moderate)
    • Water Pollution 50 (Moderate)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 50 (Moderate)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 50 (Moderate)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 50 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 50 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 50 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 50 (Moderate)
  • Squamish: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Squamish for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Squamish.

    • Burglary and Theft 25 (Low)
    • Mugging and Robbery 25 (Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 18.75 (Very Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 12.5 (Very Low)
    • Car Stealing 37.5 (Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 56.25 (Moderate)
    • Attacks 12.5 (Very Low)
    • Drug offense 31.25 (Low)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 93.75 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 68.75 (High)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 25 (Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 31.25 (Low)
  • Living in Squamish - Quality of Life

    • Safety Index 75.74 (High)
    • Climate Index 80.25 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 58.62 (Moderate)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 60 (Very High)
    • Health Care Index 63.89 (High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 8.55 (Moderate)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in Squamish

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Squamish

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.29 USD
    • International Movie per seat 10.65 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 33.67 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 76.38 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 49.71 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

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