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Squamish, British Columbia, is well known as the outdoor recreation capital of Canada. Famous for its sea-to-sky views, world-class kayaking, paddleboarding and mountain biking, it is also beloved among rock climbers around the world for the Stawamus Chief, the world’s second-tallest freestanding granite mountain. Avid fishermen have also flocked to the area for generations for the chance to catch trophy fish like steelhead trout. If you take an eagle-viewing float along the river in the winter, you’ll have the chance to see a stunning natural phenomenon: hundreds of bald eagles soaring overhead, waiting to feast on a river turned red with spawning chum salmon.
The town is also home to a thriving food scene that’s full of hearty, healthy meals for active locals and tourists who need fuel for their daily outdoor adventures. The Locavore, a food truck at the base of a popular mountain bike trail, offers fast food made with wholesome local ingredients. Owner Steve Moir, who also owns Cloudburst Café next door, uses the freshest ingredients, picking his own daikon radish and carrots for the popular bahn mi sandwich. Cloudburst Café is known for its bottled coffee, made using a cold brew process that reduces the coffee’s acidity by 60% for a smooth, rich drink with no bitter taste.
In nearby Brackendale, Fergie’s Café is another casual eatery offering fresh, local ingredients. People plan day trips around the chance to picnic under the shade of the large walnut tree and dine on Fergie’s avocado benny, complete with a homemade buttermilk biscuit, goat cheese and roasted tomato. For a luscious dessert, Fergie’s chocolate brownie hits the spot – it’s topped with caramel sauce, vanilla ice cream, poached pear and glazed pecans and garnished with fresh mint.
If you’re in the mood for fresh fish, residents love Sushi Sen in the Garibaldi Highlands, where owner and chef Yuji Kite uses local fish like Pacific salmon. Perhaps the area’s best-kept secret is a small cantina called Mag’s 99, revered for its authentic Mexican eats. And your mountain-climbing guide might even share a recipe for homemade granola bars – it’s what all the climbers keep in their packs.
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