Sandman Hotel Group features properties located within a rich mosaic of neighbourhoods and surrounding areas, each with a distinct, welcoming personality. We have compiled a list of useful information below to enhance your stay.
Conveniently located halfway between the 2010 Olympic Winter Games host cities of Vancouver and Whistler, Squamish (pop. 16,000) justifiably bills itself as "The Outdoor Recreation Capital of Canada."
Its active, nature-loving citizens invite visitors to join them in rock climbing, river rafting, bird watching, cross-country skiing, and other signature outdoor activities.
Local provincial parks, rivers, and the sparkling waters of Howe Sound invite exploration. In addition, discover this oceanfront, mountainside community's rich railway, mining, and forestry history.
Squamish is located north of Vancouver and south of Whistler on the Sea-to-Sky Highway (Highway 99), which is among the world's most spectacular drives with its mountain and ocean views.
It takes about one hour from downtown Vancouver or 75 minutes from Vancouver International Airport (YVR) to drive to Squamish. From Whistler to Squamish, it's about 45 minutes.
Visitors coming up from the United States on the Interstate 5 can simply continue north, since that route turns into Highway 99 at the Canadian border.
Rental cars are available at the airport and there is one major car rental agency in Squamish (Budget Rent-A-Car), as well as a car dealership that offers rentals.
Ready to explore some of British Columbia's most amazing coastal scenery? Squamish sits 69km/43mi north of Vancouver and 60km/37mi south of Whistler on the Sea-to-Sky Highway (Highway 99), and it burgeons with adventure as "The Outdoor Recreation Capital of Canada."
From rock climbing and mountain biking to hiking and bird-watching, from cross-country skiing and snowshoeing to river rafting and fishing, there are great ways to play outside all year round.
In addition, Squamish offers two exciting museums/heritage sites, plus events and festivals, a huge array of local artists, and solid dining and shopping options.
Whether you're looking for a quick bite to eat, a relaxing cup of coffee, pub grub or a sit-down meal and a martini, you’ll find whatever you’re craving in Squamish for food and entertainment.
There are several quaint cafes in Squamish that are great places to take a break or have lunch.
One cannot stand anywhere in Squamish without a spectacular view and you'll be able to enjoy waterfalls, mountains, or ocean vistas while dining at many Squamish eateries.
Depending on what you are in the mood for – there are many options for enjoying a night out on the town in Squamish.
Take in panoramic views of the Chief and Squamish along side the Squamish River while sipping a romantic glass of wine or enjoy a cold one with friends over a game of pool. If you are more in the mood for tapas and martinis, snuggle in for an evening to remember.
Enjoy live music, creative wine lists or a stein of locally brewed beer. Then put on your dancing shoes and whoop it up at one of the late night hot spots – many are within walking distance of each other. There are a number of great places to go to enjoy some live music or a great DJ.
Take a stroll down Cleveland Ave. and enjoy the eclectic mix of boutiques and shops that Squamish has to offer. Whether you're looking for that perfect gift to take home, in need of camping gear or just want to do some window-shopping Squamish has it all.
Find your way down to the end of Second Ave for the artisan feel where you will find the likes of local wood workers, unique glass blowing, and local photographers.
Visit Garibaldi Village at the base of the Highlands, Squamish's "other half", boasts some of the best shopping in town. The Business Park off the highway at Tim Horton’s is also a great place to spend the day shopping.
Before you go, don't forget to pick up your Squamish logo T-shirt, among other locally made gifts and manufactured items from the Squamish Store in the Adventure Centre. Silverfoot, Onsite Equipment, and Blurr are three examples of globally recognizable brands currently being manufactured in Squamish.
Whether you are looking for a romantic evening for two, a celebratory dinner with your friends and family or a quick bite there are a number of restaurants to choose from. Experience spectacular views, friendly service and above all great food. Some places do require reservations.
Mocha, Latte, Cappuccino! No matter where you are in Squamish you will always be within walking distance of a cafe. Choose from a number of quaint, cozy little cafes that will get your day started off right. Enjoy your breakfast while admiring local art, or if you’re in a hurry pop in for a take away lunch or pastry.