rock climbing season in Squamish extends from early spring
to late fall. It can often start very suddenly in February
or March with great sunny cragging conditions, but frequent
rainfall is not uncommon, making multi-pitch climbing
"dodgy" at best.
through August: This is the driest
season on the coast with daytime temperatures often in
the upper twenties. Long spells of clear, warm weather
are very common at this time of year, providing the best
conditions for ascents of the longer walls on the Chief.
September is much less crowded, often bringing perfect
fall conditions, but the chance of rainfall starts to
increase as the fall season builds.
cold winter rains usually arrive in late October or November,
signaling the end of the consistent climbing season. Surprisingly,
the winter months do offer climbable weather but the unpredictable
nature of the season makes it a very poor choice for a
Canada provides detailed, 5-day local forecasts.
is located about 60km north of Vancouver, British Columbia,
along Highway 99. Travel time is about one hour
from North Vancouver, but if you are coming from Vancouver
International Airport (YVR), factor in at least another
30 minutes depending on rush hour traffic. Maps
of the city are available at the airport and are necessary
for negotiating the complex network of roads and highways.
If your destination is Whistler, count on driving for
another 45 minutes north of Squamish. Check our maps
page for more details.
traveling without a vehicle, Greyhound
provides bus transportation for the entire corridor which
originates at the Pacific Central Station in Vancouver.
For the website, check the links page under Traveling
The "Sea-to-Sky" highway is one of the most
spectacular stretches of roadway in British Columbia and
many travelers make the journey for the drive alone. With
the success of the 2010 Olympic bid, inevitable highway
upgrades began from Vancouver north to Squamish and Whistler.
The contractors have been doing an excellent job of keeping
the highway clear, but it still might be wise to check
Project website for possible delays or late night
is an excellent selection of accommodation options in
the area ranging from very basic campgrounds to luxurious
bed and breakfasts. Many websites are available on our
links page to help you plan your trip, but if you require
more options, the local Adventure Centre is the most valuable source of information.
If you need to purchase climbing gear while
in Squamish there are two stores that are fully stocked.
On: This specialty climbing shop is located
carry a good stock of climbing gear including crashpads.
Pure Outfitters: This outdoor store is located
in the same mall as Starbucks and Nester's Market. Valhalla has
a good stock of climbing gear, lots of clothing, camping
equipment and a free computer to check your e-mail.
Dubbed the “Outdoor Recreation Capital of Canada”,
Squamish has much more than climbing to offer visitors
to the area. Whether you’re into burning some calories
or simply relaxing there’s plenty to do.
Park Leisure Centre: The recreation centre
is a great place to clean up and relax. It has a large
pool and hot tub.
Skiing: Explore the world famous resort of
Squamish has a number of beautiful
golf courses to challenge the avid golfer.
A hike up the backside of the Chief is a local ritual
and the views are amazing.
has a thriving paddling community. Many local rivers
offer great rest day opportunities for climbers who
like to kayak.
Biking: There is a huge network of world class
trails in the Squamish area.
Rafting: A number of businesses provide day and
half-day river runs.
/ Kite Sailing: The head of Howe Sound provides
awesome wind on many clear days during the summer. A
very popular spot for both activities. Rentals are available.