Milan, Singapore, Zimbabwe, Lower Manhattan and Squamish. What do all these places have in common? They are amongst the New York Times’ list of 52 places to go in 2015.
If the travel bug is getting you antsy, The New York Times’ list offers a selection of “untrammeled oases”, “once-avoided destinations” and “familiar cities” to check out, including destinations in North America, Asia, Europe, Africa, South America, Australia and the Pacific.
B.C.’s own Squamish came in at #32 on the list, and is one of two Canadian places to make the cut along with Quebec City ranked as #40.
Touting Squamish as “a mountain town now more than a stopover”, the NYT credits the new Sea to Sky Gondola for bringing world attention to the once known “pit-stop” on the way to Whistler.
While the $22 million gondola is a new landmark destination for the town, tourists are discovering even more Squamish has to offer. “Many are sticking around after the ride down, drawn by an unusual combination of West Coast wilderness and accessibility,” says the NYT in their short Squamish synopsis.
Most of us in Vancouver already know about the multitude of outdoor activities waiting for us at the end of an hour’s drive on the Sea to Sky highway, including kiteboarding, hiking, windsurfing, rock climbing and more. With picturesque views and stunning mountain faces, it’s little wonder how Squamish ranked along with Rome, Yellow Stone National Park and Tanzania to make this ambitious list of top 2015 destinations.
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