|Lower Mainland Nature Viewing Region|
|Squamish Estuary: photo by Bill Kinkaid||Squamish Estuary: photo by Bill Kinkaid|
|A large and diverse area covering the head of Howe Sound and various parts of the estuary of the Squamish River.|
|Geographical Description||Georgia Basin.|
|Area/ Trail Length||Wildlife Management Area 673 hectares.|
|Seasons to Visit||Year round.|
|Habitat||Rocky and sandy intertidal, fresh and brackish marsh wetlands, riparian, alder-cottonwood and Sitka spruce forests.|
|Viewing Highlights||Good for forest, wetland, pelagic and bay waterbirds.|
Varied wetland plant communities.
Some heavy industrial sites which are being restored to natural condition.
Interpretive signage on the Chelem trail off the windsurf spit at the yellow gate. This trail looks over the wetland meadows and a restored area that was once dredge spoils.
Good views of Squamish River, Howe Sound, Mount Garibaldi, Stawamish Chief and Tantalus Range.
|Main Access||Eagle Wind Park at west end of Winnipeg Street is the best off-street parking spot but parking is limited.|
Access from various other points in central Squamish, from Bailey Street or from Squamish River Dyke Road/Spit Road; parking is generally on neighbourhood streets or roadside pullouts.Please be considerate of residents in these locations and at Eagle Wind Park.
Nexen Beach is on a peninsula separate from most of the rest of the estuary but has the best shoreline access at the head of Howe Sound. Parking at the end of Galbraith Avenue, running off Loggers Lane from downtown Squamish.
|Cautions||Stay away from river banks, especially in spring and summer freshet.|
Bears and cougars are rare but be watchful.
There is significant industrial activity and traffic in the area; watch for equipment and vehicles, park well off the road out of the way of traffic, and stay out of industrial sites and complexes.
Old industrial debris may be present in abandoned sites.
Stay off railway tracks and use caution when crossing.
|Jurisdiction||District of Squamish and private land; Ministry of Forests and Squamish Nation are responsible for Skwelwil'em Squamish Estuary Wildlife Management Area.|
|Regulations||No camping or fires.|
|Facilities||Port-a-potties at Nexen Beach parking lot.|
Flush toilets and picnic tables in Squamish Arts Council building in park at Main Street and Cleveland Avenue.
All other services in central Squamish.
|Other Recreational Activities||Canoeing and kayaking; windsurfing at end of Squamish Spit|
|Links||Skwelwil'em Squamish Estuary|
|Squamish Watershed Society|
|Squamish Estuary Trails|
|Squamish Environment Society|
|Important Bird Areas|
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