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About Us

What We Do

Squamish is the Outdoor Recreation Capital of Canada. This title, close proximity to Vancouver and an almost unlimited number of backcountry activities, creates unequaled conditions for a high incidence of backcountry emergencies. When someone goes missing or if a rescue must be conducted, members of Squamish Search and Rescue provide the technical and emergency medical skills required to reach, treat and remove injured or distressed people from the backcountry.

SSAR Team Picture 2018
Squamish SAR Team Picture 2018

Who We Are

The Squamish Search and Rescue team is comprised of a diverse group of volunteers who invest countless hours away from family, friends and work to train for and provide critical life saving services to those in need. Our members are all trained in ground search and rescue techniques and emergency first aid. In addition, many of our members also participate in public education and specialized disciplines, such as Helicopter External Transport Systems (H.E.T.S.), technical rope, swift water and mountain rescue.

Where we respond

Squamish Search and Rescue’s primary response area is imposing. Extending from Porteau Cove (Deeks Lake) to the southern boundary of Whistler (Daisy Lake) including the popular climbing areas of Stawamus Chief Provincial Park, Murrin Provincial Park, Cheakamus Canyon, Sky Pilot and the Tantalus mountain range. The team also responds to the heavily used Garibaldi Provincial Park and Squamish Valley.