December 7, 2016

Squamish: Endless opportunities to discover

Anyone who lives in Squamish knows one thing for sure – our small town in changing

Discover Squamish
A double-rainbow over Squamish’s landmark mountains earlier this year. — Jimmy Abbott

The awesome outdoor recreation opportunities – hiking, mountain biking, trail running and more – are a big draw for newcomers who are active and seeking the next big adventure.  

New developments are bringing in more people from the Lower Mainland who are taking advantage of the unique perks Squamish has to offer. 

The relatively lower housing prices – although these are steadily rising – are luring those who are looking for a place to settle down. See page 10 for information about some of Squamish’s hottest new developments. 

Squamish’s thriving new industries, including the growing rec tech sector profiled on page 40, are providing new employment opportunities. And the tourism industry is continually growing, causing more people to fall in love with our town. 

It’s an exciting time for Squamish residents, both new and old. 

Work is about to begin on the district’s largest development ever – Newport Beach on the oceanfront downtown. Around 6,500 people are expected to move in over the next 20 years as the townhouse and apartment project is built in stages. 

It will include restaurants and stores, as well as commercial and light-industrial areas. A $10-million park, two boat launches and a waterfront walkway – all available to the public – are also in the plans.

Newport Beach is the largest of many developments in the works for all neighbourhoods in Squamish, from Brackendale to Valleycliffe. 

New restaurants, pubs and coffee shops are providing great places for the district’s growing population to gather. Turn to page 50 for a list of local establishments where you can dine on nature’s doorstep this winter. 

Still, some people choose a much quieter lifestyle while still living close to the action. Flip to page 34 to learn about those who work off the land on the outskirts of the district. 

Squamish has the best-of-the-best – world-class outdoor recreation, fabulous dining, fun winter outings and a growing employment base – while still maintaining its small-town vibe and tight-knit neighbourhoods that stem from its origins as an industrial logging town. 

Once you visit Squamish, we are sure you will be back. 

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