The Sea to Sky Highway stretches north from Vancouver, along the edge of Howe Sound and into the breathtaking Coast Mountain Range, which include peaks such as “Black Tusk” and “The Chief.” The Squamish Nation has lived on the land surrounding this corridor since time immemorial. To integrate First Nations perspective back into the landscape surround their traditional territory, The Sea to Sky Cultural Journey was created. It is a unique initiative of the Squamish and Lil’wat Nations which seeks to generate aboriginal cultural tourism awareness, interest, and activity throughout the Sea to Sky corridor.
As part of the Journey, The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure recently unveiled the Squamish Pedestrian overpass on Highway 99 (about 1.4 km south of Squamish). The overpass connects Squamish Nation land on either side of the highway and railway. We partnered with the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre and the Squamish Nation to employ a First Nation artist who collaborated with the overpass designers. Several First Nation cultural elements are incorporated into the design and the end result is a unique, aesthetic and culturally significant overpass. We hope you will agree:
We also had the pleasure of working with the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre and their Youth Ambassador Program to help create a short video about the First Nation legend associated with the design of the Squamish Pedestrian Overpass.
A road can give you many vantage points in your journey, we hope this helps broaden your perspective as you travel the Sea to Sky Highway.