Sea to Sky School District

The District is set in three major population centres.  Our strength is in our diversity:


Squamish

Situated at the head of Howe Sound and surrounded by mountains, Squamish is cradled in natural beauty . Located just 45 minutes north of Vancouver on the Sea to Sky Highway, Squamish has everything: location, geography, wildlife and weather. Squamish is known as the outdoor recreation capital of Canada with world class rock climbing, cross-country mountain biking, hiking, river rafting, kitesurfing and windsurfing. Squamish means Mother of the Wind in Coast Salish, which makes Squamish a top wind surfing destination. The Stawamus Chief, the second largest freestanding piece of granite in the world, has made Squamish one of the top rock climbing destinations in North America. Squamish has a population of about 20,000 and is a vibrant community.

 

Whistler

Whistler is a 40-minute drive north of Squamish and is nestled below Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains. In recognition of its world-class status as a ski resort, Whistler was home to the 2010 Winter Olympic Games. Whistler has been recognized as a top ski resort in North America for over a decade.

 

Whistler also offers excellent summer activities including canoeing, free riding, downhill mountain biking, fishing, and golf. Whistler has a local population of around 10,000 but numbers swell on weekends and on holidays up to 25,000 with tourists from around the world, which gives Whistler a cosmopolitan atmosphere.

 

Pemberton

Pemberton, with a population of over 2,500, lies 20 minutes north of Whistler. Pemberton sits in a wide valley surrounded by mountains, which makes it consistently warmer than Whistler. One of the most prominent features in the Pemberton area is the 8,000-foot Mount Currie. Its looming presence is perhaps the most notable feature in a valley surrounded by snow-capped mountains. Organic farming has been the traditional industry of the Pemberton Valley, and continues to be a significant contributor to the local economy. Pemberton has a dragon boat racing team which has successfully defended its title in international events for many years. Mountain biking and horseback riding are also popular in this community, as are cross-country skiing and hiking.