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Published: July 16th 2015
The album features photos taken between Vancouver & Whistler along the scenic Sea to Sky Highway. It mainly features our interesting visit to the town of Squamish halfway between Vancouver & Whistler. Part 2 will feature the Whistler photos. More info:
Sea to Sky Highway image gallery: http://tinyurl.com/q3td6d7
SQUAMISH, population about 17,000, is a community & district municipality located at the north end of Howe Sound on the Sea to Sky Highway, halfway between (60 kms) Vancouver & Whistler.
The town of Squamish had its beginnings during the construction of the Pacific Great Eastern Railway in the 1910s. It was the first southern terminus of that railway which is now part of CN. The town remains important to that rail line and also the port.
Forestry has traditionally been the main industry in the area. The town's largest employer, the Western Forest Products pulp mill, ceased operations on January 26, 2006. Prior to the pulp mill, the town's largest employer was the sawmill & logging operations of International Forest Products (Interfor). They closed a few years before the pulp mill's closing.
In recent years, Squamish has been attracting former Vancouver & Whistler residents'
PORT MANN BRIDGE
This new 10-lane cable-stayed bridge on the Trans Canada Highway through Vancouver opened to traffic in 2012. It is currently the 2nd longest cable-stayed bridge in North America. It was also the widest bridge in the world until the opening of the new Bay Bridge in California.
wishing to escape the increased cost of living in those locations.
Tourism is an increasingly important part of the town's economy, with an emphasis on outdoor recreation. Known as the Outdoor Recreation Capital of Canada, Squamish's huge cliff-faced granite massif named Stawamus Chief Mountain, is popular for rock climbing & bouldering (rock climbing without the use of ropes or harnesses). Other popular outdoor activities include mountain biking, kiteboarding, windsurfing & river rafting. More info:
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