The Squamish estuary, located at the head of Howe Sound in Squamish, BC, is where the Squamish and Stawamus Rivers meet the sea.3.14.4 EstuaryTogether with its major tributaries, the Squamish River drains 3589 square kilometers of coastal rainforest, and the Stawamus River drains 62 square kilometers. The estuary is a highly productive ecosystem, providing important natural habitat areas and significant winter migratory bird habitat. The estuary also offers important economic development opportunities.

Upon completion of the 1999 Squamish Estuary Management Plan (which references an area 935 hectares in size), a land exchange between the Province, BC Rail and the Squamish Nation, along with a management agreement between the Ministry of Environment and Squamish Nation, paved the way to the designation of the Skwelwil’em Squamish Estuary Wildlife Management Area (WMA).

The WMA is a 673 hectare area. This management plan sets appropriate objectives and management strategies for maintaining and restoring fish, wildlife and their supporting habitat in the WMA. The designation of the WMA is a result of 25 years of planning under the Squamish Estuary Management Committee (previously the Squamish Estuary Coordinating Committee). 

View the 2007 Squamish Estuary Wildlife Management Plan

View the 1999 Squamish Estuary Management Plan