Squamish, British Columbia – The Epicenter for Boondockers

Squamish, British Columbia

Squamish is just past Vancouver, about a three-hour drive from Seattle. It’s a small, but fantastic town that is well-known throughout the climbing and outdoor sports community. Allegedly it’s one of the top climbing and bouldering spots in the world since it’s home to The Chief, one of the largest granite slabs outside of Yosemite. There’s tons of hiking within and near Squamish (including the Mt. Garibaldi hike pictured below and tagged in another post, which has the most stunning peak view I’ve seen), and lots of kayaking options in the crystal clear blue sea.

Squamish is absolute heaven for campers because the town is set up perfectly for people like us! We stayed for 2 weeks at various spots along a forest service road near The Chief (photos below). This road goes on for miles and branches many different ways. There’s plenty of room for lots of boondockers, and cell service is great throughout most of the first 10 or so miles. There are also a number of clear glacial streams to bathe in, so you shouldn’t need to pay for a shower frequently!

There are a few good breweries in Squamish as well. Our favorites were: A Frame (I wear this hat constantly), Backcountry Brewing, and Howe Sound Brewing.

Mt. Garibaldi hike near Squamish, British Colombia.
Forest where we boondocked for two weeks in Squamish.
The Chief in Squamish, British Colombia.
Our favorite boondocking site in Squamish, British Colombia.

About the author

Lauren is a 'digital nomad' (for lack of a less obnoxious term) who works, lives, and travels out of her truck camper with her partner, Patrick, and dog, Odin, the one-eyed Wirehaired Pointing Griffon. She started TravelSages in the summer of 2013, and has since founded a digital marketing consultancy, called LyteYear, and a sustainability brand, called RePrint. Before moving into her tiny mobile home, Lauren lived in Chicago for 6 years, pursued two graduate degrees, studied abroad at Oxford, worked for a summer in Hong Kong, and traveled to various countries in between. She has a mildly unhealthy love of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Netflix, and breweries with good New England IPAs.


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