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The Stawamus Chief

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This picture shows the stunning view from the top of Peak 2 of The Chief, the monolith just south of Squamish on the Sea-to-Sky Highway. The hike up there is not that long, but it is an arduous straight ascent. Well worth it when you have got to the top with views all the way down the Howe Sound.


The Stawamus Chief - Squamish visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'The Stawamus Chief' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from British Columbia.

The Stawamus Chief is one of the most prominent landmarks in the area around Squamish. Often simply called The Chief, it is often called the second largest granite dome in the world, towering over 700m above the Howe Sound. Because of this it is a very popular hiking destination and tourist attraction within easy access of Vancouver.

The Chief actually has three peaks, each separated by deep gorges and chasms. There are very steep climbing routes up each of the peaks. Most people simply head up to the top of the first peak (610m), which is the southernmost peak. To get from there to the second peak (655m) walkers need to backtrack part of the way. Parts of the trail to the second peak are so steep that chains and ladders have been installed to help people.

From the Second Peak it is a short walk to the Third Peak, the highest of the three at 702m. This path takes you past The Chasm with another breathtaking view over Squamish. From the top of the Thrid Peak there are views northeast towards Garibaldi Provincial Park as well as south over the other two peaks and the Howe Sound. From the Third Peak you can either backtrack to the Second Peak or descend down a steep and very rugged gully / ravine to get back down.


Stawamus Chief Provincial Park
British Columbia


Road: Stawamus Chief Provincial Park lies on the 99 highway (Sea to Sky Highway / Squamish Highway), 2 km south of Squamish and 60km north of Vancouver.

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