Squamish Estuary & Spit
Located at the tip of the Howe Sound and bordered by the Spit on the west, the Squamish Estuary provides some of the best local unobstructed views of the Stawamus Chief and is home to literally hundreds of species of birds and other habitats. Take a walk through the estuary’s salt marshes, mudflats and reeds or, paddle your way through the stream and take in one of our scenic sunsets.
Where the River Meets the Sound.
There is never a dull moment at the Squamish Spit, an area known around the world for its prime wind and kitesurfing conditions. Located at the mouth of the Squamish River as it enters Howe Sound, the Spit itself is the first piece of land struck by the wind. The Spit is a popular spot for both athletes and spectators who pack the area to watch as boarders and surfers fly almost literally above them.
Know Before You Go:
Dress warmly as wind can pick-up suddenly. If on the water, a wet or, dry suit is essential.
Visitors should also be aware that the area is a designated Wildlife Management Area. Please drive slowly and consider the surrounding habitat when entering.
Heading north on the Sea to Sky Highway, continue past Downtown Squamish until you reach Industrial Way where you will turn left. Turn right at the Queen’s Way T intersection and follow Queens Way until it curves left and becomes Government Road. Follow Government Road 1 kilometre past the train tracks, to a small sign for The Spit on your right. Continue down the gravel route until you reach another T intersection where you will turn left. Follow the gravel road until you reach the hiking trailhead signs on your left for the Estuary. Continue to the end of the road to reach the Spit.