Squamish

December 1, 2008

Having spent the better part of its existence straddling that fine line between truck stop and tourist trap, the town best known for Big Macs and gas has revamped its blackberry-choked lanes into a launch pad for recreation (rock climbing, kiteboarding, windsurfing, fishing, golfing, camping). It's also become a site for higher education: Quest University opened last September, and the local Capilano University satellite is meant to grow tenfold in the next five years. More importantly, two master-planned residential developments, Eaglewind and Waterfront Landing, will double the size of downtown. Meanwhile, the (sometimes) 30-minute drive from Vancouver, along the Sea to Sky Highway, remains a chaos of orange traffic cones as Games-related expansion proceeds. Mayor Ian Sutherland complained that Olympic planners shortchanged his town (the volunteer centre, at least, will be built in Squamish), but the "outdoor recreation capital of Canada" seems to be looking well beyond a temporary circus.

On Hand
16,106 people sharing:
3 golf courses
2 post-secondary institutions
1 yacht club

Mode of Transportation to Work
Car 88%
Public transit 3%

Median Income
$30,326 (GVRD $25,032)

Market Watch (MLS V728019)
$1,500,000
2 bedrooms, 3 baths, 4230 sq.ft.

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