Squamish Summertime

Hey! My name is Trevor and I am the new admissions counsellor for all of Canada excluding BC. I will also be working with students from Vancouver Island. I am originally from Port Carling, Ontario (North of Toronto) but have spent the last four years here in Squamish.

This summer however, is the first time I have been able to spend any significant amount of time in Squamish during the beautiful (and surprisingly hot) summertime. I have only been in this job about a week now, but I have been enjoying the beautiful Sea to Sky area for the last three and a half. Sea kayaking in Howe Sound, hiking up to the Sea to Sky Gondola, hiking up to Elfin Lakes, and biking around the area. Being a Quest student doesn’t always allow for as much leisure time as you may like, so getting to experience this has been a real treat.View from the top of the Stawamus ChiefWe don’t necessarily realize how special this place is until we have the opportunity to step back and soak it all in. This is the view from the top of the Chief looking out to Howe Sound and downtown Squamish.

Elfin Lakes - Garibaldi Provincial Park

Aside from the trails right in Squamish, there is also Garibaldi Provincial Park right behind the Quest campus. After a 20 minute drive up a logging road and an 11km hike along a beautifully scenic trail, you arrive at Elfin Lakes – a group of two small lakes located at the base of Mount Garibaldi (a very dormant volcano).

View from Howe Sound looking North toward Squamish

Being in Squamish for four years with easy access to the Pacific ocean, one may expect to go out and explore on the water. I didn’t have the chance to while at Quest, but in the last few weeks I purchased a sea kayak and have been exploring the sound extensively. How much better can your Sunday afternoon get when you have gone kayaking and found a calm, sandy, and sunny beach to take a nice mid afternoon nap on.

Top of the Sea to Sky Gondola looking out over Howe Sound

Quite possibly the best view in Squamish is from the top of the brand new $25 million Sea to Sky Gondola. I opted for the hike up instead of riding up in one of the comfortable cabins. Little did I know that it was actually a 10km hike which took just short of two hours. Once at the top, a cold drink and a burger were in order. Its hard to beat a view like this.

Anyway, I’ll stop rambling about all the awesome things to do in Squamish. You’ll just have to come check it out for yourself. Looking forward to seeing everyone arriving on campus in the next few weeks and to meeting all the new students.

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