Best of lists are like a Coles notes version of a town. By no means does it tell you everything, but it gives you a good idea what the people who fill out those kinds of forms are into. However, even Coles made some omissions and luckily, we have this space to give some of those darker pages of Squamish some light.
Best couple: Easy - the young downtown punks with dual studded leather jacket's, chains, and camo pants with the finest assortment of punk band patches from D.O.A. to GWAR. You're keeping the punk alive and for that I thank you.
Best idea worst location: The downtown needs this, the downtown needs that. One thing the downtown should definitely have is a movie theatre. It's great and we're glad it's here; it just should have been there.
Best vulgar community pride: The (in)famous "Fu*k you I'm from Squamish" sticker (note there's no * on the actual sticker) with these simple five words the creator immediately separated people into two groups. Those that understood the love behind the words, and those that read the first word and turned away in disgust. Proving that we're no ordinary town, another version of the sticker was attempted in Surrey but the seller was politely told to leave or die.
Best army of one: Councilor Corrine Lonsdale. She's been sitting in the office of power for longer than many residents have lived here. This last term has to be the toughest with her vote usually being outnumbered. Whatever your political leanings, we're lucky her wealth of information continues to be available as she often poses very relevant concerns.
Best heritage building: Almost none. Sadly, The only building that could even be considered worthy of that title is the Brackendale General Store. Prevalent in countless old photos, with it's recent new life, the ol' girl still has some spirit left in her.
Best park potential. The Smoke Blufs (Please add Crumpit Woods!) Park. We actually have an area in town where an average person could spend a day climbing up and down 6 different mountains. I call them mountains but around here I suppose hills would be more appropriate. Right now the area is riddled with some of the finest hiking, climbing and mountain biking in the world. It's also riddled with different land owners, hence the uncertanty and urgency.
Best in Squamish shows: Ted Tempany and Warwick Patterson. That's them behind the mountain of awards and accolades for RISE. This incredible mountain bike film prominently featured local's stepping up with the world class pro's on home turf trails.
Best summary of Squamish's recent growth: we're now a two starbucks town.
And last... but certainly not least...
Best reader: you.