Squamish, B.C., Canada
Go if you want to explore your choice of over 120 miles of trails in British Columbia's Coast Mountains ...
Photo by Rich Wheater
GO IF YOU WANT TO EXPLORE your choice of over 120 miles of trails in British Columbia's Coast Mountains with views of Howe Sound's forested fjords, which drain into the Strait of Georgia between the mainland and Vancouver Island.
"I moved here for the amazing trail systems," says Rich Rawling, coordinator for the Sea 2 Sky Trail Running Series. Originally settled by Coast Salish First Nations people, this town of 16,000 has boomed in recent years thanks to the forestry industry, and now tourism. Squamish is situated between the world-class ski resort of Whistler-Blackcomb and the cosmopolitan port city of Vancouver, site of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games.
Drive just 40 miles north of Vancouver along the scenic Sea to Sky Highway to reach this bustling town with an increasing reputation as an outstanding mountain-biking, big-wall climbing and trail-running destination.