History

100 Years of Squamish History

2014 was a year to remember as community groups came  together to plan the commemoration and celebration of 100 years of Squamish history during this milestone year. In 2014, Squamish celebrated one hundred years since the name ‘Squamish’ was adopted, the original townsite of Squamish (today’s downtown area) was completed, and when provincial legislation passed to pave the way for the town’s incorporation.

Visit the "Celebrating 100 Years of Squamish" website to learn more about the activities and celebrations that took place.  

The District of Squamish also celebrated the 50th anniversary of its incorporation in 2014, marking the amalgamation of Squamish with Brackendale and Mamquam in 1964.

One hundred years ago, the town’s name officially changed from Newport to Squamish and the town site of Squamish (today’s downtown) was completed.

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That same week, an Act to incorporate Squamish received Royal Assent on March 4, 1914.

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Act to Incorporate the City of Squamish - Tuesday, March 3, 1914 (summary)
Act to incorporate the City of Squamish Tuesday, March 3, 1914. (full)

Squamish would wait another 34 years until 1948 for actual incorporation as the Village of Squamish.

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1948 Letters Patent
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1949 Letters Patent

 

The year 1914 also marked significant milestones in the railway construction, with track being laid north from Cheakamus, and the completion of a new deep sea dock to accommodate rail barges and large vessels. By fall of that year, Squamish was connected north by rail as far as Pemberton.

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Fifty years ago, on December 15, 1964, Squamish, Brackendale and Mamquam amalgamated into a new District Municipality of Squamish.

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1964 Letters Patent

For a more comprehensive look at Squamish's history, please visit the following resources online:

 

Chairmen and Mayors

1948 - 1949
George Stanley Clarke, Chairman

1950 (January to July)
J.R. Morrison, Chairman

1950 - 1955
George Stanley Clarke, Chairman

1956 - 1959
J.F. Jacobsen, Chairman

1960 - 1961
S.R. Bishop, Chairman

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Patrick J. Brennan
1962 - 1964 - Chairman
1965 - 1968 - Reeve
1969 – 1974 - Mayor

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David D. Stewart, Mayor
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Patrick J. Brennan, Mayor
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Isidoro L. Boscariol, Mayor
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W.J. Elliott, Mayor
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Egon H. Tobus, Mayor
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Phil A. Turner, Mayor
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Egon H. Tobus, Mayor
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Corinne Lonsdale, Mayor
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Ian Sutherland, Mayor
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Gregory K. Gardner, Mayor
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2011 – 2014
Rob Kirkham, Mayor

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2014 - Present
Patricia Heintzman, Mayor