Responsible Recreation In Squamish

View of the Squamish Chief from the Stawamus River

Squamish is a wild and breathtaking place that inspires us all. Let’s keep it that way.

It’s up to all of us to be mindful of our impact and respectful of these lands and the people and wildlife that call them home. Responsible recreation means owning our actions and knowing our impacts. Together, we can keep Squamish beautiful for generations to come.

How To Explore Responsibly

Follow these tips to reduce your impact on the community and environment when you play outside in Squamish.

Coyote in Squamish
Brian Aikens
Herd of elk grazing in the forest in Squamish
View of women hiking through wildflowers
Valerie Luquette
View of a black bear in Squamish through branches

Keep Wildlife Wild

The dense forests, rugged mountains and rushing waters of the Coast Mountain range are home to many species of animals, plants and fungi. Black bears, cougars and other creatures co-exist with us in this delicate ecosystem. We are in their home as much as they are in ours. Learn what to do in case of a wildlife encounter and how to best avoid human-wildlife conflict. 

Respect Indigenous Communities

The land is medicine and there is a deep-rooted connection between Indigenous peoples and nature. Know whose land you’re on and treat it with respect.

Stawamus Chief in sunlight with forest

We are located on the unceded territories of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish Nation) who have been stewards of the land and keepers of culture since immemorial. When you venture into natural spaces, adventure mindfully and with gratitude.

Respect Indigenous Culture

Two women participating in a drum circle
  • Seek to listen and learn about Indigenous culture 
  • Take the time to educate yourself on the traditional place names 
  • Support Indigenous businesses
  • Don’t visit cultural sites unless you are invited 
Family river rafting in Squamish

Plan Your Trip

Get the inside scoop on the journey here and must-do activities.

Rider mountain biking near Alice Lake Provincial Park


Up the adventure ante with enticing multi-day trips.

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