It has been the better part of a year since we made the move out of Whistler. At first I was apprehensive about the move. After spending eight years in such an amazing town it was difficult to move down the sea to sky corridor. Fortunately, the apprehension was brief. Squamish is unreal, it’s growing and there is no shortage of things to do in this town. We still spend a lot of time in Whistler, mostly working but some playing too.
My focus is now split between the two. That is not a bad situation to be in at all.
Squamish has ridiculous views. Perhaps the most famous is none other than The Stawamus Chief.
The Chief is a huge chunk of granite that towers more than 700 meters over the Howe Sound. Whether you are driving north or south it stands out impressively. I have a feeling that this won’t be the last time The Chief features on this blog. As time goes by I will try to feature different aspects of the Squamish landscape that rock (yes, yes a shameful pun, I know). There is a lot. The Howe Sound, Shannon Falls, Mount Garibaldi, the Squamish River, the Mamquam River, just to name a few.
Another great benefit of living in Squamish is its proximity to Vancouver. Vancouver is an incredible city. For many reasons, none more than it’s scenery.
We had an opportunity to check out two cool spots not long ago. Lynn Canyon and St Mark’s Summit. They were two gloomy days in the Sea to Sky, so we drove to North Vancouver to check out these two spots.
Lynn Canyon Park is an awesome, free park with an incredible suspension bridge above a fast flowing canyon and waterfalls. I didn’t take the camera out a lot except to capture this section of the canyon. I am looking forward to going back and taking some more photos down there.
St Mark’s Summit, like Lynn Canyon, is awesome and free. It is a four-hour return hike from Cypress Ski Resorts parking lot. It ascends through the forest offering incredible views of the ocean and islands near Vancouver. It was misty, wet and gloomy on the climb and as a result those incredible views I mentioned remained a myth, for now. Once at the top the clouds encompassed us. All we could really see was just how high we were if we fell over the edge. Just as we were about to leave the sky started to lift a bit and we could see a few of the islands, including Bowen Island. The sky was still grey and we thought we had seen all we could for that day so we descended.
As we drove away from Cypress Mountain we noticed the sky clearing and by the time we got back to Squamish, people were posting amazing, blue-sky photos of the hike on social media. Typical. Oh well, we will just have to go back.
Although I’ll always love heading up to Whistler, I am excited to explore some places in the southern Sea to Sky corridor that I haven’t explored before. Bring it on.