The "New" Squamish
For most, Squamish has long been thought of as the sleepy town that represents the half-way stopping point between Vancouver and Whistler. But for rock climbers, mountain bikers, windsurfers, and other adventure sports fanatics, Squamish was the secret spot offering un-crowded access to world-class thrills.
Now, with the 2010 Olympic Games only three years ahead, the improved highway access and the sky- rocketing real estate prices in the Lower Mainland are causing many people to take a fresh look at Squamish - and what they're seeing is blowing them away!
Squamish offers than just mind-boggling scenery, which features Howe Sound, mountain views, forests, rivers, estuaries, glaciers, and an ever-changing array of waterfalls and wildlife. It also offers recreational opportunities, affordability and community spirit which permits residents to live, work and play in a world-class environment.
With the current population of about 15,500 expected to grow by 43% in the next 10 years, it's clear to see that Squamish is a town that's on the cusp of new and exciting things.
Squamish is a participant in Smart Growth on the Ground, an exciting program which helps guide community planning and development in order to create a community which is socially, environmentally and economically sustainable, and one which provides a high quality of life for all of its residents- now and for future generations.
This awareness and respect for the environment is a natural step for Squamish residents, many of whom were attracted to the area's natural beauty and tend to be active in the outdoors.
Squamish also inspires creativity and is consistently ranked as one of the top 5 most artistic communities in Canada, based on artist occupations per resident population. The highly active arts community features a variety of venues and festivals, such as Wild At Art and the weekly farmers market which runs downtown from May to September each year.
New businesses are moving in to accommodate the growing needs /variety/ includes international cuisine, organic shops, health-conscious, to big box stores such as Wal Mart, Home Depot, the Brick, Rona, Canadian Tire, etc. Quest University, London Drugs and a discount outlet centre are the next big projects scheduled to open their doors in Squamish in the next year or two.
Now is the perfect time to considering investing in this beautiful friendly mountain community. Please call Jean-Michel for more information.