Tsilxwm (Tantalus Range), on the south end of the Coastal Mountain Range, has inspired Squamish people since time immemorial. The jagged and impressive peaks, clad in thick glaciers, tower above the Squamish Valley, home to generations of Squamish people.
The rivers that thread through the region are abundant with several species of Schayilhen (salmon), which literally means to give oneself as food. With some of the best fresh water in the world, the rivers and creeks that flow from these mountains are considered sacred.
These mountains are also home to an abundance of wildlife: elk, deer, cougar, grizzly bears, wolves, eagles, wolverines and mountain goats. These remote, high places are much more than recreational to the Squamish Nation. For us, they were, and still are, places of strength, harmony and beauty. Our language and culture are directly manifested from our connection to these sacred places.
Informational sign at Tantalus lookout