Located in the Canadian province of British Columbia, Squamish is a prime example of the kind of scenery that has earned the province its “Beautiful BC” nickname.

Sitting halfway up the Sea-to-Sky Highway at the north end of Howe Sound, the town enjoys sweeping views of both ocean and mountains. Iconic peaks such as the Stawamus Chief and Diamond Head can be seen from all over town.

This small but fast-growing community is currently home to a little under 20,000 people — many of whom enjoy being an easy, 40-minute drive from both the big city of Vancouver and Whistler, the largest ski resort in North America.

That makes it an excellent option for both commuters and skiers, and you will find many of both interested in the Squamish real estate market. Even without leaving the town, residents enjoy a world-class lifestyle.

The combination of mountains, ocean and lakes present opportunities for an impressive range of things to do in Squamish. The town is popular with mountain bikers, hikers, skiers, rock climbers, windsurfers and a plethora of other adrenaline enthusiasts. With all that on your doorstep, it is no wonder that Squamish is home to many young families who are looking for a healthy, fulfilling lifestyle.

The incredible vistas of Squamish also attract many photographers, filmmakers and other artists. The town and its surroundings have been featured as the backdrop to many popular movies and TV shows.

In downtown Squamish, residents have many quirky local stores and eateries to visit. From thrift stores to cafes to boutiques and more, Cleveland Avenue (Squamish’s main drag) makes for an enjoyable stroll.

Also included in the town’s amenities are healthcare facilities (including a hospital), a recreation centre with a swimming pool, a skating rink, sports fields, a skate park, a BMX track, and a SORCA bike skills park.

Locals’ educational needs are also well taken care of. Squamish’s schools include a great public school system with six elementary schools, a French school, a French immersion program, a junior high school and a high school. Independent preschools and schools offer Montessori and Waldorf-inspired education, and Squamish is home to two universities – Quest University Canada and Capilano University, Squamish Campus.

Squamish also benefits from a relatively mild climate all year round. So, whether you are exploring the great outdoors or the vibrant local businesses, it is an excellent place to be.

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