QUEST QUICK FACTS
• Situated on a 60-acre hill-top campus on the edge of Garibaldi Provincial Park in Squamish, British Columbia
• Overlooking the spectacular Tantalus mountain range and Howe Sound, Canada's southern-most fjord
• Close proximity to both the city of Vancouver (one hour) and Whistler Ski Resort (45 minutes)
• Campus includes seven residence halls, library, academic building, university services building, and recreation centre
• "Green" buildings are geothermally heated and cooled
Squamish is recreation. A strong and health-conscious community, Squamish is recognized as the Outdoor Recreation Capital of Canada because of the never-ending outdoor activity options available here made possible by the natural physical attributes of our geography.
Squamish is also home to a long list of thriving organized sport associations, a vibrant recreation centre, a youth centre and a productive group of gardeners.
Its active, nature-loving citizens invite visitors to join them in rock climbing, river rafting, bird watching, cross-country skiing, and other signature outdoor activities.
OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES IN SQUAMISH
The breathtaking mountain and ocean views that visitors enjoy while driving along the Sea-to-Sky Highway (Highway 99) to Squamish encourage outdoor recreation. From Vancouver, Squamish is about an hour's drive, and from Whistler, it's approximately 45 minutes.
Check out the majestic Stawamus Chief mountain, North America's second-largest granite monolith, which towers over downtown Squamish. It's one of the premier local rock climbing venues, and there are some 1,500 routes overall in this area for climbing, mountaineering, and bouldering enthusiasts.
Enjoy hiking, fishing, camping, and swimming in Squamish's eight area provincial parks, such as Garibaldi Provincial Park, Alice Lake Provincial Park, and Porteau Cove Provincial Park. Snap dramatic photos at Shannon Falls Provincial Park, where British Columbia's third-highest waterfall cascades thunderously.
For water sports fans, Squamish offers world-class wind-surfing and kite-boarding conditions at the Squamish Spit, where the Squamish River enters Howe Sound. Whitewater lovers can get their kayakingand river rafting kicks on the Elaho, Mamquam, and Cheakamus Rivers.
Brackendale Eagles Provincial Park is a magnet for bird watchers, attracting North America's highest concentration of bald eagles in the winter.
Winter also brings world-class cross-country skiing to the Whistler Olympic Park in the Callaghan Valley, just 50km/30mi north of Squamish. For more Nordic adventures on skis or snowshoes, explore the trails and backcountry routes in Garibaldi Provincial Park or Brandywine Falls Provincial Park.