This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Squamish. To help you make friends with Squamish before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!
Squamish is an ex-logging town, located on the Sea to Sky Highway, about an hour north of Vancouver. It makes sense that would find hostels here since the town is known as the "Recreational Capital of British Columbia” due to the close proximity to many hiking, biking, and climbing trails, as well as the proximity to winter activities, such as skiing and snow shoeing. Squamish is located in the valley of the British Columbia Mountain ranges, and is a good base for many great hiking trails of all abilities, the most famous of which is the Chief Peaks. There is also a new Sea to Sky gondola, which not only gives access to a stunning view over the valley, but also provides access to many more hiking and backcountry trails.
There are very few accommodation options currently in Squamish, however this is likely to change with the increase in tourism in the area. Currently there are a few hotels, motels, and hostels in Squamish and its surrounding area, as well as some camping and RV sites available at the nearby national and regional parks.
Hostels in Squamish are generally the cheapest option for solo travelers. They usually include dorm or private rooms, as well as free Wi-Fi, access to kitchen and laundry facilities and can provide information about hiking in the local area. Squamish has many supermarkets, cafes, restaurants, and even farmers’ markets, which are generally in walking distance of your accommodation.
Squamish is a beautiful area, and well worth a visit, especially if you enjoy spending time in the outdoors, hiking, biking, or swimming in lakes. It is also known for its wildlife, as black bears and bald eagles are often seen in the area.
Written by local enthusiast for Squamish hostelsKelly Sheldrick