A brief overview of weather, tides and hazards in some of the paddles around Squamish.
Howe Sound is North America’s southernmost fjord with its head at Squamish. The steep-sided mainland shores funnel the breezes as the daily thermals build the wind (often in excess of 20 knots at the northern end of the sound) on a typical summer day making it a great location for down winding.
Heavy cold air from the interior falls down the valley and causes an outflow - generally at night and early morning. Warm air in the interior rises and is replaced by the inflow wind up the valley. The inflow typically starts around 10 o'clock and typically lasts until 5pm.
The Howe Sound Marine Weather Forecast provides insight to what to expect on the Sound.
The Squamish forecast provides insight to the general weather which can be used in preparation of paddling on the more sheltered spots around Squamish.
Tides impact which parts of the Estuary can be paddled as well as take-in and take-out locations. A good source of tide tables for Squamish is the Water levels site operated by Fisheries and Oceans Canada.