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Squamish is ideally located at the tip of the Howe Sound on the Pacific Ocean in a deep valley. Therefore, Squamish offers a moderate West Coast climate suitable for year-round visits, depending on your interests.
Squamish is known for its wind; the powerful Pacific winds funnel through the Howe Sound and continue up the valley. In fact, the name Squamish comes from the Coast Salish word for “Mother of the Wind”.
For Summer Visitors
The summers in Squamish are typically warm and dry. From June until late September the average temperature is usually between 20 and 28 degrees Celsius.
Even when daytime temperatures get quite warm, the “Squamish wind” blows through the valley to moderate the air temperature. These consistent winds make June through September the ideal season for local and visiting wind surfers kite surfers.
Temperatures also tend to drop slightly in the evenings, ideal for sleeping and cooling off after a long day of sightseeing or adventure! Dry summer days are ideal for hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing, or cooling off in the rivers with a kayaking or rafting tour.
For Winter Visitors
The winters in Squamish are generally mild and wet. From November until February the average temperature ranges from 0 degrees Celsius to 10 degrees Celsius.
Although it snows to the valley level occasionally throughout the winter months, it rarely stays on the ground in the valley for extended periods of time. However, abundant snowfall blankets the sourounding mountains and can be seen from the valley. The deep snowpack makes Squamish ideal for visiting backcountry skiers or cross-country skiers and snowmobilers from late November right through to May!
Squamish’s winter rain keeps all of the vegetation well fed, which contributes to the lush, green scenery, especially in the spring, summer and fall!
Winter is also eagle season! Squamish's winter visitors enjoy a rare treat of watching North America's largest gathering of Bald Eagles, peaking December through February.