A-Z guide to Squamish, BC Mountains & Glaciers

In Sea To Sky Corridor by Vicky Farrand

Around 10,000 years ago Squamish saw the end of the last ice age, the major peaks we see today were already built but encased in thousands of meters of thick, glacial ice. As the glaciers receded, their movement ground down and rounded the tops of mountains that were not tall enough to poke through the ice; but for ranges like Tantalus, whose peaks were tall enough to reach beyond the ice sheet, their profile was left jagged and dramatic.

Glaciers are just one, and possibly the most visible, force that carved and shaped the Squamish mountains that we can still see today. The landscape that surrounds Squamish, BC, is one of the most interesting geological regions in the whole of Canada, and arguably North America.

Squamish, BC before the ice age

Most people who visit Squamish pass through on their way to Whistler or Vancouver. But if you take an afternoon or a day to stop and explore you’ll get to see, touch, and experience the true magnitude of what has happened here over the last 250 million years. Here are a few surprising facts about the Squamish region, see how many you already know.

Did you know that:

  • Squamish sits along the Pacific Ring of Fire: a string of volcanoes and sites of seismic activity around the edges of the Pacific Ocean
  • The Coast Mountains Batholith includes The Chief in Squamish and is one of the largest bodies of granite rock on the planet
  • The base of the southern Coast Mountains is made of a structural stack of tiny islands that used to be hundreds of miles offshore in the Pacific Ocean

Squamish: A place that changes you

On any one day, we can fly over 1500 sq kilometres of untouched, untravelled, and mostly unseen terrain. Mountain ranges, valleys, and glaciers so rugged and isolated that the only footsteps belong to wildlife such as grizzlies and mountain goats.

Being among truly wild places is a transformational experience. There’s a feeling that you get when you rise above the clouds and ahead of you in every direction is a sprawling sea of mountain peaks, it’s called awe. True awe. The kind of awe that brings with it a wave of clarity, peace and calm. A knowing, that you’re part of this huge landscape and every rock, every snowflake, every bear, bobcat, raven, and salmon are all made of the same stuff you are, and that we’re all on this journey in Squamish, together.

Giving that incredible experience to guests day after day is why we do what we do. It’s our mission as a company.

So to get you started on the journey of “knowing” Squamish, here is an A – Z list of our favourite mountains and glaciers in this magnificent landscape!

A – Ashlu Mountain

B – Black Tusk

Bonus B – Bishop Glacier

C – The Chief

D – Diamond Head Peak

E – Exodus Peak

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F – Fissile

G – Garibaldi Névé

The Garibaldi Névé is a 35 km² large icefield in the Pacific Ranges of the Coast Mountains in southwestern British Columbia, Canada, located on the eastern flank of Mount Garibaldi.

H – Helm Glacier

I – Icecap Peak

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J – Jimmy Jimmy (mount)

K – Katzie Mountain

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L – Lydia Mountain (above Lake Lovelywater)

M – Mamquam Glacier

N – Niobe

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O – Ossa Mountain

P – Phantom Mountain

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Q – Can you fill in this blank?

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R – Red Tusk

S – Skypilot

T – Tantalus

U – Can you fill in this blank?

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V – Vista Bowl

W – Warren Glacier

X – Can you fill in this blank?

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Y – Can you fill in this blank?

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Z – Zenith Mountain

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We’ve tried as hard as we can to create a complete A-Z, but there are still 4 letters missing.