Dip your paddle into one of Squamish’s lakes or rivers and you’ll soon discover the serene beauty of Squamish through one of its many local waterways. There are plenty of self-guided and trip options available as well as assorted rental companies to equip you with everything you need to comfortably explore Squamish on the water.
Squamish River Estuary
Located at the tip of the Howe Sound, the Squamish River Estuary provides some of the best unobstructed views of the Stawamus Chief and is home to hundreds of species of birds and other habitats including herons, hawks and trumpeter swans. Its calm, gentle waters and incredible backdrop make it a great option for bird-watching, sunset viewing and family paddles.
The Squamish River is a great spot for year-round canoeing. Launch from the Squamish River Dike located on Government Road in Brackendale and let the river’s current guide you as you drift downstream past the Squamish Spit into Howe Sound where you’ll be rewarded with breathtaking views of the Stawamus Chief and coastal mountains.
A local favourite, Alice Lake provides a scenic family-friendly freshwater experience that can be easily combined with a picnic, hike or camp. Launch sites are located at each end of the lake beside the picnic areas and canoe rentals are available during the summer months. For rates and details visit Sea to Sky Parks' website.
Ideal for a quick paddle, Brohm Lake has a boat launch for hand-carried boats only which is located just a short distance from the parking lot on the Sea to Sky Highway. A popular spot for swimmers and anglers, the lake boasts scenic mountain views and a vast network of hiking and biking trails in the surrounding forested areas.