Local tips and info about Squamish:
Getting to Squamish
There are a variety of ways to get from Vancouver to Squamish, the easiest and most flexible being a rental car for which many options exist...
For bus services you have 4 options:
The Squamish Connector is a reliable and comfortable shuttle service which will drop you at the Squamish Adventure Center, where you can arrange to meet your guide, please consult their website for their current schedule and prices.
Greyhound Bus Services, as you may have heard is cancelling their services in all Canadian Provinces except Ontario and Quebec, but not until October 31st 2018 so they are still running currently. Please choose the Chieftan/downtown stop in Squamish as that is closest to our standard meeting places.
Pacific Coach also has a service to the Adventure Center.
And finally Perimeter Transportation also has a bus service to the Adventure Center.
For a more luxury option Alpine North Limousine services run a variety of on-demand services with everything from comfortable SUVs to stretch limos.
A dirt cheap but less reliable option is to join the Squamish Rock Climbing Facebook group and post to see if anyone is heading up people are often happy to split the gas with another climber.
Where To Stay:
There are a wide variety of options for accommodation from camping to upscale hotels:
For hostel/budget hotel accomodations we recommend the Squamish Adventure Inn, with it's central location and variety of affordable rooms, from dorms to private hotel rooms, it makes a great budget option.
For a more upscale option we recommend the Howe Sound Inn, with award winning beer brewed on site, great views and luxurious rooms how can you go wrong?
Airbnb also has plenty of options, we recommend wherever you stay that you book somewhere relatively close to downtown to make things easy.
For a full list of accommodation options check out the Squamish Tourism Website
Where To Eat and Drink:
The Zephyr Cafe is the best cafe in town and our usual meeting spot, we choose them because of their great coffee, spacious and artistic atmosphere, wholesome food, and early opening hours.
Mags99 is the favorite roadside Mexican spot dishing out big burritos, tasty tacos, and our personal favorite the taco salad. They don't have a website but you can't miss them, they are on the side of the highway between the Chief and downtown.
Bisla Sweets has the best Indian food in town, very authentic and delicious, they offer take out and delivery, and even have a cheap samosa deal popular with dirtbag climbers.
For pub food it is hard to move past the Howe Sound Brewing Company they are the original brew pub in Squamish and a longtime local favorite. But other breweries have sprung up in the last few years, both Backcountry Brewing and A-frame Brewing have delicious cold beverages worth icing your hands with after a day of climbing!
Buying or Renting Equipment:
People often ask us where the best place to rent gear is or when taking a course people often decide to get gear during the course. The best place to buy gear in Squamish is Climb On Equipment, they have by far the best selection of climbing gear and have a consignment section of used gear where you can often find a good deal! They also stock a good selection of rental gear which you can check out here but unless you're booking a big group with us please remember that we provide all gear for you if you need it.
Mountain Equipment Co-op has locations in North Vancouver and downtown Vancouver also carries a wide variety of gear for all outdoor sports and their downtown location is the best place to rent mountaineering gear, check out their selection here