Just north of Squamish alongside the Sea to Sky Highway is the community of Garibaldi Highlands. Spread over hillside benches boasting great snow-capped mountain views, and distant ocean views, this area is famous for its bald eagles, world-class rock climbing and windsurfing, fishing, hiking, kayaking, golfing, boating and mountain biking.
Before the white man came to the Squamish Valley, the area was inhabited by the Squohomish tribes, who lived in North Vancouver and came to the Squamish Valley to hunt and fish. The first contact the Indians had with the white man was in 1792, when Captain George Vancouver came to Squamish to trade with the Indians near the residential area of Brackendale.
During the 1850s gold miners came in search of gold and an easier gold route to the Interior. Settlers began arriving in the area in 1889, with the majority of them being farmers relocating to the Squamish Valley. The first school was built in 1893 and the first hotel opened in 1902, on the old dock in Squamish.
Garibaldi Highlands makes a good midway stop on the Sea to Sky Highway between Vancouver and Whistler Ski Resort.