Explore Squamish - January 09, 2021

A Visual Tour of Squamish's Street Art

Street Art is something that brings joy. It brings colour to otherwise grey days, piques interest in an otherwise boring building. You seek it out, admire it, photograph it, perhaps pose with it.

Over the last few years, we’ve seen more and more street art popping up around Squamish and it certainly adds some local flavour and fun to our buildings. Here’s some of Squamish’s local street art you can enjoy around town.

Welcome To Squamish

Image: @tiffanyengel

Welcome to Squamish

Artist: Alex Fowkes

Location: Cleveland Ave in Downtown Squamish

Written in both English and Squamish Nation it features colours and symbolism of our local Indigenous heritage.

 

Squamish Wings

Image: @whatlynnlovesblog 

Squamish Wings

Artist: Leisel Peterson

Location: 2nd Ave in Downtown Squamish, beside Saha Eatery

An interactive wall mural perfect for selfies, this mural features an array of aboriginal patterns, colours and symbols as well as a nod to Mexican street art.

 

Squamish Salmon

Artist: Christina Nick

Location: Corner of Cleveland and Pemberton Avenue, on the Mamquam Boardwalk, the eagle viewing dyke in Brackendale

Each piece is made from welded steel, paint and resin and inspired by a Pacific Northwest Coast Aboriginal peoples’ legend.

 

Blue Heron Street ArtImage: Tourism Squamish

The Blue Heron

Artist: Leisel Peterson

Location: 1st and half Ave in Downtown Squamish, behind Saha Eatery

One of the first pieces of street art commissioned for this area, it added the bright hues of Howe Sound to otherwise bland wall.

 

Squamish Wings 2.0Image: Tourism Squamish

Squamish Wings 2.0

Artist: Leisel Peterson

Location: Garibaldi Highlands, Cloudburst Café

Another beautiful set of wings, only these ones also show a phoenix rising through the ashes. Commissioned in Spring 2020, it symbolizes strength and hope.

 

Squamish Eye ArtImage: Downtown Squamish

Squamish Eye

Artist: Leisel Peterson

Location: Downtown Squamish

A symbol of Squamish, this mural is only visible should you hike up high to see it – it’s painted on top of a roof. Best vantage point is from the top of the Stawamus Chief or from a flightseeing tour.

Brackendale UnicornImage: Tourism Squamish

Brackendale Unicorn

Artist: Jimmy Cummins

Location: Brackendale Art Gallery

Established in 1969 as a community cultural centre, the Brackendale Art Gallery can be spotted by the presence of a large white unicorn statue out front, which over time has become a celebrated symbol of Brackendale.

 

Downtown Squamish Mural

Image: Tourism Squamish

Downtown Squamish Mural

Artist: Ken Skoda

Location: 2nd Ave in Downtown Squamish at Pemberton

Known for his incredible depictions of the wild wilderness areas of the West Coast, Ken painted this stunning paneled mural that features whales, eagles, a bear and the famous Royal Hudson passenger train.

 

This is just a handful of street murals and art you can find around Squamish. There are many, many more – both hidden and not-so-hidden. What an incredibly fun adventure to explore all of Squamish and try to find them all!