If you head north from Vancouver, along Highway 99, in less than an hour you will reach Squamish; a small-ish but growing town. It is about halfway between Vancouver and the very well-known ski-town of Whistler.
To some people it's home, to others it's a town you pass through on the way to Whistler, and maybe a good place for a brief stop along Highway 99.
To us, it has been our Canadian home for almost a year and a half.
We didn't expect that we would find much in the way of a good cup of coffee here, but we were pleasantly surprised; there are some good choices in Squamish.
We've probably tried EVERY coffee shop here, so we thought we'd create a brief guide to coffee in Squamish, so you can get a better idea of where to go next time you're visiting or passing through.
Some things to note:
- These are not necessarily in order of preference
- We are using our rating system as below. The rating is for COFFEE ONLY - not based on food options, location or service
☕ Not good, didn't want to finish
☕☕ Okay, wouldn't return
☕☕☕ Good, nothing special
☕☕☕☕ Great, would go back
☕☕☕☕☕ Excellent, a favourite!
We'll also add in a last-minute mention of Galileo Coffee Company and Roastery (for some reason we can't find any photos!). As we lived in Britannia Beach for a while, it was a place we would visit frequently. The coffee can be good (depends on the day) but they have a really good selection of food, particularly their Breakfast sandwiches and Lemon & Blueberry scones. Located South of Squamish, it's a good place to stop if you are heading to and from Vancouver.
Whether you are a Vancouver local, or from elsewhere and just visiting the area, it's worth stopping by and spending some time in Squamish.
Not only are there good coffee options, but also lots of great food, recreational activities and attractions (we might talk about those in another blog post).
Whistler might be high on your list to visit, but that doesn't necessarily mean you have to skip Squamish to get there. Instead, why not try incorporate it into your visit and explore more of the Sea to Sky corridor than just Whistler.
We hope you enjoy tasting the coffee in Squamish. We're pretty sure we've hit most of the coffee spots, but if there's any we've missed let us know here, and we'll be sure to check it out!