If you’ve been living in Vancouver for a while, you’ve got a taste for west coast dining and hiking at scenic spots Deep Cove’s Quarry Rock. And if you enjoy those things without the crowds, you can start to consider Squamish.
With that being said, it’s a tough call to decide whether you want to settle in the city long-term. But you do have options. A 45-minute drive north of Vancouver lies the picturesque town of Squamish. You may have already visited to take on the Stawamus Chief hike, or maybe you stopped by to grab a bite to eat on the way to Whistler.
The beautiful town is surrounded by mountains and accessed by a drive along the scenic Sea-to-Sky Highway that just never seems to get old. It’s a destination that has so much to offer, but you don’t have to take our word for it: Here are five good reasons to consider moving to Squamish.
The centre of it all
If you’re a Vancouverite or new to the city, chances are you enjoy visiting Whistler, one of the biggest ski resorts in North America. You can travel to Whistler in just 35 minutes from Squamish, or travel to Vancouver in just 45 minutes, meaning you have the best of both worlds within your reach. Whistler has transformed itself into an all-season resort so you can visit whenever it suits you.
Immerse yourself in nature
Squamish is nestled in between some of the most majestic mountains in BC and that makes it one of the most beautiful places to spend time outside. This starts with hiking lakeside at Brohm Lake, Elfin Lakes, Alice Lake, Evans Lake, and Browning Lake. Tip: Bring your phone with you because you’ll want to Instagram pretty much everything you see.
Brewery scene and restaurants
We get it, Vancouver has an awesome brewery scene and that’s something you don’t just want to give up so easily. And now you don’t have to. You can embark on a brewery tasting tour around the three largest breweries in Squamish; Howesound, A-Frame Brewing Co., and Backcountry Brewing, so you’ll still be able to sample new craft creations whenever you feel like it.
When it comes to eating out in Squamish you’ve got a wealth of options with something to offer all kinds of foodies. The restaurant scene features gems like Pacific Northwest-inspired The Salted Vine where you can indulge in a cheese platter with a glass of BC wine, order something deliciously comforting at the famous at Mags 99 Fried Chicken and Mexican Cantina, savour fresh dungeness crab at The Joinery, and save dessert for XOCO Westcoast Chocolate.
If you’re an outdoor adventure enthusiast you’ll quickly fall head over heels with everything about Squamish. With 286 bike trails and something for all levels of experience, Squamish is one heck of a place to ride a mountain bike. Living here allows you to easily access a plethora of outdoor activities like hiking, rock climbing, kiteboarding, and much more.
The dream homes
Okay, so right now you’re probably wondering how you can make the transition and relocate to Squamish, and if it’s realistic. Well, there’s a new development now selling in downtown Squamish: Jumar, featuring 101-outdoor inspired condos and townhomes just minutes from the downtown Squamish core.
Each home at Jumar is designed with functionality in mind with all the services a resident could need. Plus, these stunning homes are starting from the mid $400,000s.
For more information and to register for your new home in Squamish, visit Jumar now or visit the Presentation Centre at 1416 Street, Squamish. Open daily from 12 to 5 pm, except Thursdays.