Squamish Estuary

Located at the mouth of the Squamish River as it enters Howe Sound, the estuary is a protected area teeming with wildlife such as deer, bobcats, beavers and bears. It is also a valuable habitat for more than 200 species of wintering and migratory birds.

In Squamish, this is the first piece of land that is struck by the wind and it's a wonderful spot to search for endemic birds soaring in the skies and nesting in the trees of the area. Look for Red-throated loons, Barrow’s Goldeyes and Black-capped Chickadees and while you are searching, be sure to take in some of the best, local unobstructed views of the majestic Stawamus Chief and Shannon Falls. 

The estuary can be explored on foot, wheels or water. Take a walk through the estuary’s salt marshes, mudflats and reeds or bike along the flat trails. This peaceful stretch of water is also a wonderful way to explore the shores by SUP, kayak or canoe and see plenty of sights including Bald eagles, seals and plant life.

However you enjoy the area, please always be aware of your surroundings, and if you encounter wildlife keep your distance.

How to get here

Estuary trails can be accessed from the corner of Vancouver Street and Second Avenue, or the Spit. 

Heading north on the Sea to Sky Highway, turn left into Downtown Squamish. Drive south along Cleveland Avenue until you reach Main Street. Take a right onto Main Street and drive to the end. There is free street parking here, once you are parked you can continue to the very end of Main Street where the trails begin

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