Brackendale, Squamish
July 12, 2012

Brackendale is synonymous with eagles. Hundreds are drawn to the area each November through February to feed on the salmon returning to spawn in the Squamish River. It's not surprising, then, that Brackendale's natural beauty also makes it appealing for those seeking a rustic retreat.

A centre for the local arts community, Brackendale is also a high-toned retreat in its own right. Average home prices are $463,000, while sale prices last year for an undeveloped, quarter-acre lot started at $215,000. In 2010, sale prices reached $1.6 million. View Brackendale MLS® listings

Brackendale's seclusion makes it less developed than the Garibaldi Highlands neighbourhood. The main shopping and service areas are closer to downtown Squamish or Garibaldi Highlands. Still, there are anchors for neighbourhood life, including the Brackendale Art Gallery and Tea House and the popular Bean Around the World (known locally as "the Bean"). Rustic sophistication is what life here is all about, and the majesty of the eagles that call the Squamish River home.

Brackendale Amenities

Brackendale Shopping

Downtown Squamish and the big-box stores of Garibaldi Highlands offer the major staples, but Brackendale is home to a handful of local merchants catering to daily needs at Eagle Run Village on Government Road.

Schools and Education in Brackendale

Primary schools

  • Brackendale Elementary School (homes for sale)

Secondary Schools

  • Don Ross Secondary School (homes for sale)

Brackendale Cafés and Restaurants

The popular Bean Around the World at Eagle Run Village is a popular java stop, while The Copper House, the Nest and Cup Bistro offer hearty fare worth checking out for something more substantial.

Brackendale Sports and Recreation

Brackendale Eagles Provincial Park is the locus of Brackendale's annual eagle count. Recreational fishing is also popular for residents and visitors alike. Proximity to the Stawamus Chief and other peaks means hiking and climbing opportunities are never far away.

Brackendale Transportation

Connected to surrounding communities by the Sea-to-Sky Highway, Brackendale is best reached by car. Residents have the Squamish Transit System for local jaunts. BC Ferries offers services to the Gulf Islands and Vancouver Island from Horseshoe Bay, a 45-minute drive south.

Brackendale Property Statistics

Home prices*
Houses $535,349
Townhouses $414,915
Apartments $245,000

*Source: Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver- average price for the past 12 months (March 2011)

Brackendale Demographics

Population N/A

60+ 12.8%
40 to 59 30.4%
20 to 39 29.6%
5 to 19 20.8%
0 to 4 6.4%

* Source: Statistics Canada, 2006 Census

Fully owned 76.2% ("Owners")
Rented 23.7%

*Source: Statistics Canada, 2006 Census

Detached 53.6%
Semi-detached 21.9%
Apartments 18%

*Source: Statistics Canada, 2006 Census

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