LIVING IN SQUAMISH
SEA TO SKY CORRIDOR
Quest University Canada is located in the coastal mountain community of Squamish, British Columbia, 45 minutes North of Vancouver and 45 minutes South of Whistler.
The University’s 60-acre campus borders on Garibaldi Provincial Park, a protected wilderness area with miles of hiking and mountain biking trails. To the West and South, classrooms and student housing overlook the rugged peaks and valleys of the Tantalus Mountains and Howe Sound, Canada’s southernmost fjord. These natural surroundings provide a dramatic and inspiring backdrop to the academic and social activities on campus.
The Squamish Transit System includes buses to and from the Quest campus. For more information and schedules, visit www.transitbc.com/regions/squ/. Taxis and the Quest shuttle provide alternative ways for students to get around Squamish.
The Greyhound bus service offers transportation to Vancouver and Whistler several times each day. Visit www.greyhound.ca for more information and schedules.
Pacific Coach Lines offers transportation from the Vancouver airport to Squamish Adventure Centre. Quest students receive a discount when they show their student ID upon purchase. Visit www.pacificcoach.com for more information and schedules.
TOURISM, RECREATION, AND EVENTS
Students may enjoy spending time in Squamish at a local artisan café or by the river viewing hundreds of bald eagles as they roost, perch, and feed. Squamish has earned the name of “the outdoor recreation capital of Canada,” with its plethora of hiking, mountain biking, climbing, and trekking routes. Winter sports, such as snowshoeing and skiing, are also popular amongst Quest students, as Whistler is only 45 minutes away.
For more information about tourism in Squamish, visit:
An ATM is available on campus and many major Canadian banks can be found in Squamish, including Scotiabank, RBC, TD and BMO. Students can contact the Squamish branch of each bank for more information about opening accounts.
CELL PHONE PROVIDERS
Several major cell phone providers service Squamish, including Telus, Bell, and Rogers. Cell phones can also be purchased at such stores as London Drugs.
In addition to traditional contracts (Canadian credit card, and co-signer for those under 19 are typically required), all providers offer pre-paid and/or month-to-month plans that do not require a student to be 19 or possess a credit card.
Students should bring their passport and/or other valid Canadian ID (Driver’s License) when setting up their cell phone accounts.
Many students choose Koodo or Fido, which provide affordable pre-paid and/or monthly plans.
Squamish has many medical facilities and services, which include but are not limited to:
Sea to Sky Walk-In Clinic
103-40147 Glenalder Place
International students: Guard.me insurance is accepted with no up-front payment
SQUAMISH GENERAL HOSPITAL
38140 Behrner Drive
International students: Guard.me insurance is accepted with no up-front payment.
• BC Health Link: 811
Provides 24-hour confidential advice for health related issues.
• Vancouver Coastal Health Information Line: 604.736.2033
This line can help you find the nearest health services available.
• Sea-to-Sky Mental Health and Addictions: 604.892.6400 / 604.892.6365
Provides support to individuals with mental health and/or addiction issues.
Students can also see their student planner and the student portal for more information.