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Squamish Sunset

Squamish, a town in Canada about an hour north of Vancouver, is great for outdoor activities for those looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Sporting huge granite mountains, fast flowing rivers, and an extensive trail system, it is a popular area for mountain climbers, white water rafters, and hikers. Being one of the wettest areas in Canada with an average rainfall of 83 inches per year, much of it falling in the winter, it is also a popular area for skiers and anyone looking to enjoy the snowy outdoors during the colder parts of the year.

 

If you're physically fit and enjoy serious hiking and climbing, I would recommend the "Sea to Summit Trail" that starts from the base of the "Sea to Sky Gondola" and finishes at the "Summit Lodge" about 2900ft or 885m above sea level. The hike is intermediate to expert and takes a good 3-5 hours going up with wonderful views of Shannon Falls along the way. Since the trail is quite steep in some areas, they recommend a different trail down or to take the gondola. For those looking for an easier way to the top, a roundtrip gondola ride is also available. Although the gondola ride is a bit expensive, you are greeted with amazing views of Howe Sound, Squamish Valley, and mountain peaks. There is also Summit Lodge at the top which serves food and beverages and has a nice large outdoor deck with tables to enjoy the views while eating.

 

Other cool attractions include the Sky Pilot Suspension Bridge, a 300ft or 100m long bridge with thousand foot drops to the mountain below. There are also several hiking trails available good for those who want to do some hiking while avoiding the grueling climb from the very bottom. If going in the summer I recommend a Friday or Saturday as they have extended hours to 9pm perfect for viewing the sunset.

 

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Taken on May 21, 2016