June 28, 2013
British Columbia is one of the most beautiful natural and wild places on the planet. Few would argue. Tourism BC would like to let the world know that its not just a few selected spots but that the province which more than 5 times larger than Texas is full of natural beauty in all sorts of places.
What the Future of Howe Sound Society would like you to know is that most of that beauty can be found within an hour of one of the largest cities in North America, right past the front door in Howe Sound. While the Tourism people will tell you all about the activities and great places to visit throughout the province, we’ll focus on what is (for now at least) one of the great hidden gems of the Pacific Northwest.
A mere 30 minutes from downtown Vancouver, Howe Sound is a deep fjord bordered by steep coastal range mountains on the corridor from Vancouver up what is know as the Sea to Sky highway en-route to Squamish, Whistler and Pemberton.
Stretching from West Vancouver to Gibsons to Squamish, the Sound offers miles of wind and weather protected ocean waterways surrounded by towering peaks rising straight out of the sea. There are clusters of islands both large and small – all with their own unique aspects.