Arts and Culture In Squamish
Squamish is a hub for arts and culture, where creators of all kinds incubate their craft. Home to renowned photographers and filmmakers, novelists, painters and potters, metal workers and carvers, musicians and poets, brewmasters and chefs, Squamish inspires a creative spirit that must be shared and appreciated. There are a myriad of ways to enjoy Squamish arts and culture and we invite you to #ExploreSquamish and enjoy these experiences first-hand.
You can spend an entire day in Squamish touring the murals and street art and still have more to come back to on your next visit. Every year our public art collection grows as events such as the Squamish Wind Festival sponsor new installations all over town. Here is a list of some of our favourite public art pieces to check out during your next visit.
- Cleveland and Victoria: Rainbow crosswalks: located between Squamish Integrated Health and Copper Coil Still & Grill
- Cleveland and Main: Eye of the Creator mural
- Sea to Sky Art House: Jessica Gilbert Mural
- Second and Winnipeg: Train, Stawamus Chief and Bear murals
- Squamish Youth Centre: "Good Vibes This Way" Mural by a Squamish Arts Council youth program
- Clevland and Pemberton: NEW* Welcome to Squamish mural by Alex J Fowkes
- O'Siyam Pavilion: Public art made by local youth
Cast your gaze over Howe Sound on any summer afternoon and you will be dazzled by the colourful kites and sails of wind sports enthusiasts dotting the seascape. The strong, consistent winds are the basis for Squamish’s name, meaning Mother of the Wind. Named by the area’s original Coast Salish inhabitants, Squamish is now home to members of Squamish Nation. Their profound relationship to the land has shaped the culture of appreciation for the surrounding mountains, forests and waters.
Although the British explorer Captain George Vancouver sailed into Howe Sound in 1792, the first non-native settlers did not arrive until 1888. A lot has changed in Squamish since then, but pieces of history remain throughout the Squamish Valley. Today Squamish has a diverse group of artists, artisans, historians and performers that weave a cultural mix into our adventurous and energetic recreational lifestyle.
You can learn about Squamish's history first-hand at one of the door indoor-outdoor museums. Visit Britannia Mine Museum to learn about the mining history that shaped our local landscape and visit the West Coast Railway Heritage Park to discover how rail transportation forever changed the industrial side of Squamish.