With over 120 miles of singletrack, Mountain Bike Magazine named Squamish one of the top 25 wildest places to ride in the world. Between Vancouver and Whistler, situated in a valley with surrounding mountains, Squamish’s biking trails range from gentle cruises in the estuary and friendly cross country trails to hairball downhill descents. Lots of single tracks right around town. I loved the convenient easy access, even right from our camp ground at Alice Lake Provincial Park.
We spent a week in Canada, British Columbia, splitting time at Squamish and in Vancouver. Definitely a place to go back to!
On the way to Squamish in pouring rain, waterfall upon waterfall spilled down the Alpine rocky cliffs as we pulled the Airstream along the scenic Sea to Sky Highway with mountains on one side and ocean-sounds on the other. Pretty-yyy! Once we situated camp at Alice Lake, we headed to the bike shop in town before it closed. We got a trail map and a tip on best pub and cafe, the Watershed, along the Squamish river. A fellow in the pub said the water has not been this high in 50 years. It was 20 feet higher and about 10 feet from coming over the edge. It has been so dry here and the water could not absorb. Entire trees were flying down the muddy river as we watched inside at the open air patio at the Watershed with Fat Tug IPA and an organic burger. Once the rain stopped, the blue skies with some clouds and filtered rays of sun bounced off the turbulent waters.
it was about 3 hours of hiking through the treetops of a rain forest on well-engineered suspension bridges and wooden walk ways. The main suspension sways about 250 feet above river and 500 feet across. Also, rather than have a trail on top of the cliff, they engineered a walkway cantilevered about 10-20 feet away from the cliff overhanging the river below. All very cool! Pictures can not do it justice.
We did a few days of tourist stuff at Vancouver. What a cool city! Feels a bit like Portland. Very scenic, lots of cool bridges, good grub, Gastown, China town, Sea Bus, Stanley Park 500 acres and more … our RV park was just 1-mile across the Lions Gate Bridge into Vancouver.
Leaving Canada BC was easy. Different story at the Canadian USA border. About 30 minutes going nowhere to get to the border. Start and go and stop and wait. Then, another 45 minutes waiting while USA border guards searched our trailer and truck. We had to wait inside a building, give our keys to the guards. I asked the search guard to please take off his shoes in the trailer. He said he would not. OK then! I explained to him how to open the trailer door, it is touchy. He said he can handle it. Tough guys! We declared food only, including some very delicious BC grown honey crisp apples. Guard came back to us and said “I could not find the apples” so we had to show him, although Gail told him to look under the sink. The guard confiscated our yummy apples—that’s it! I was happy as heck to get going.