The Squamish Valley Hop Company settled in the Brackendale area in the late 1800’s to build a flourishing hops business, to be sold around the world to make fine beer. Since that time, the most northerly hamlet of Squamish has maintained its micro community charm, with most properties located within walking distance of the local café, restaurants, post office & general store, and local bike shop.
Brackendale Elementary School and Don Ross Middle School are located in this neck of the woods. The riverside beach, aptly named ‘Fisherman’s Park’, is a favourite picnic spot, and an extensive trail network weaves its way through the landscape. Every fall, Brackendale plays host to the ‘Brackendale Fall Fair’…a welcoming, family-friendly event that features hay rides, local market vendors, and the local’s favourite ‘zucchini races’. Watch for an impressive number of wintering bald eagles (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) that congregate along the Squamish River, with the most raptors spotted from November to January.
Tantalus could be considered a relatively new neighbourhood of Squamish, slated for further growth to include more housing (condo/townhouse/single-family), a private elementary school, and some shops. The area runs on the east side parallel to Highway 99 and up the mountainside, eventually connecting to the Garibaldi Highlands
The Garibaldi Estates, locally known as ‘The Estates’, is a well established neighbourhood bordered by the Mamquam River to the south, the Squamish River to the east, and situated at the base of the Garibaldi Highlands. Many properties are located within walking distance to the light commercial amenities of ‘Garibaldi Village’, which includes fantastic cuisine (sushi/Indian/pizza/Mexican, etc.), cafes & juice bars, yoga/fitness studios, and some large retail chains, such as Canadian Tire. The Squamish Valley Golf Course & Curling Club is nestled in the southeast end, and includes a perimeter trail network along the Mamquam River that leads through Brennan Centre to Downtown and Valleycliffe.
Brennan Centre is one of Squamish’s newest neighbourhoods, sharing its namesake with the community recreation hub, the Brennan Park Recreation Centre (pool/ice sports/gymnasium/sports fields, etc.). The area, located east of Highway 99, maintains a bucolic aesthetic, seemingly a world away from the hustle and bustle. There are several hobby farms in this area, so it’s not uncommon to have horses crossing your path.
A nod to Squamish’s early European settlers, the Garibaldi Highlands showcases its Gaelic roots with street names such as Ayr, Rhum & Eigg, and Perth. The well-established neighbourhood dubbed ‘The Highlands’, sits mountainside east of Garibaldi Estates and due to its raised elevation, many homes offer spectacular views of Howe Sound and surrounding peaks such as the Tantalus Mountain Range. Residents enjoy the surrounding forests filled with footpaths and mountain biking trails, including a local favourite, Jack’s Trail, that leads to Alice Lake.
Situated across the Mashiter Creek from the Garibaldi Highlands, University Heights and University Highlands demonstrates a modern, endowment-style community that surrounds the campus of Quest University Canada, Canada’s first not-for-profit, secular, liberal arts & sciences university. Further development continues in this area, with many properties enjoying stunning panoramic views.
You’ll find the North Yards west of Highway 99, hemmed in where the Mamquam and Squamish Rivers meet. The residential neighbourhood borders the Squamish Industrial Park (light industry only…including micro breweries/distillaries), and many locals find it close enough to walk/bike to the shops and restaurants of ‘Garibaldi Village’ and to their recreational pursuits available at Brennan Park. The neighbourhood has recently experienced tremendous growth with new townhouse developments
As one of Squamish’s earliest established neighbourhoods, Dentville offers the character and charm of older homes, with recent revitalization and new development that accommodates the modern family. The area is especially appealing due to its flat landscape and central location, just north of Downtown and south of North Yards.
Based on a 2016 survey, 55% of Squamish’s residents are under the age of 40…it’s a young, vibrant community poised for growth and a bright future. This vitality has been infused into Downtown Squamish, where new, modern-style neighbourhoods are homing young families and recreational enthusiasts alike. Close to schools, amenities, trails, an eclectic arts scene, the Squamish Estuary and waterfront; downtown has all you need with quaint, small-town charm. The Squamish Farmer’s Market brings the community together each Saturday in the summer, showcasing our talented artisans and local fare.
Valleycliffe has experienced a surge recently as people discover Squamish’s most southerly neighbourhood to be an appealing option for those heading to Vancouver regularly. The area has expanded with newer craftsman style homes in Raven’s Plateau (north Valleycliffe), and modern, executive homes in the new Crumpit Woods subdivision, many offering unparalleled views of the Stawamus Chief and Howe Sound fjords. The Plateau connects Valleycliffe with Hospital Hill through Smoke Bluff Park, with trail access that link to bouldering areas and climbing routes.