This community north of Vancouver was named one of the most scenic towns in North America


We already know that Canada is one of the world’s most beautiful countries, so it seems fitting that one B.C. community has landed on a list of the 33 Most Scenic Towns in North America.

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Winter hugs Howe Sound. Photo: Leigh and Spring McClurg

Squamish lands in the third position on the list, published recently by the blog. Waterfalls, hiking trails, epic peaks, sparkling lakes, majestic trees…if that’s what you’re into, Squamish has it all.

Here’s what they have to say about this scenic spot in the Sea to Sky:

“Located along the scenic Pacific Great Eastern Railway, Squamish, British Columbia, is well worth the drive in. Lace up your best pair of hiking boots, grab a set of binoculars, and go bald eagle spotting in Eagle Run Park. If you really want a thrill, rent a mountain bike and fly down Goat Ridge. After you’ve regained your senses from zipping down the side of an alpine mountain, enjoy a cold beer and hot food at Howe Sound Brewing.”


You can also drink in the scene from the Sea to Sky Gondola (and there are beers to be enjoyed at the top, too), enjoy their farmers’ market, stroll the charming streets around Cleveland Ave and Victoria St. and check out restaurants, cafes, and shops. Plus there’s the West Coast Railway Heritage Park for family fun and train lovers, and plenty of epic adventures just steps away.

Squamish isn’t the only B.C. spot on the list; Kelowna comes in at number 21. Other Canadian cities on the round-up include Yellowknife (13), Banff (18), New Glasgow, PEI (24), and about a half dozen more.

Here’s a little photographic evidence as to how this beautiful B.C. spot made the cut:

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Here are the top 10 most scenic towns in North America; check out the full list here.

1. Sitka, AK
2. Santa Cruz, CAL
3. Squamish, B.C.
4. Bristol, RI
5. Coeur d’Alene, ID
6. Boise, ID
7. Taos, NM
8. Minnehaha, MN
9. Lunenburg, NS
10. Lake George, NY

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Lindsay is the Managing Editor of Vancouver Is Awesome, and the co-host and co-producer of the Vancouver Is Awesome Podcast. A fifth generation Vancouverite and life-long foodie, Lindsay also serves as a judge for the Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards. Previously the Food Editor of Daily Hive, Senior Editor of Vancity Buzz, and Editor-in-Chief of, in her past life in L.A. she earned an MA in English, attended culinary school, and was an English professor. Lindsay's first published piece was December 1980 in The Province; it was her letter to Santa. E-mail: // Twitter/Instagram: @squashblossom