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Squamish May 23 update: Showers, a slice of sun, and superb fishing conditions

Find out about local weather, tides, fishing, gas prices, boating safety, historical comparisons for this day and more.

Don’t shoot the messenger, Squamish; today’s mix of sun and cloud is the best weather we are going to see for awhile, at least through the weekend. 

Environment Canada says that we can expect a high of 19 C on May 23, and the UV index, when the sun pops out, will be a 5, which means take measures to prevent burning if outdoors. 

The low tonight will drop to 10  C.

Sunrise & sunset

Sunrise this morning was at 5:15 a.m. Sunset will be at 9:03 p.m. 


The next low tide today, May 23, is at 12:18  a.m. (0.7 metres), according to

The next high tide is at 7:56 p.m.(4.63 m).

Sea water temps

The water temperature in Howe Sound today is 13.7 C, according to

The calculation is made using historical data over a decade. 

The warmest water on May 23 in Howe Sound was 16 C in 2015, and the coldest was 12.2 C in 2008. 

According to the site, the seawater temperature in Howe Sound is expected to rise to 14.8 C in the next 10 days. 

The May average water temperature in the sound is 13.2 C, the minimum temperature is 9.9 C, and the maximum is 18 C.

“Throughout the year, the water temperature in Howe Sound does not rise above 20 C and therefore is not suitable for comfortable swimming,” the site states. “But on some days of June, July, August, [and] September, the water temperature warms up to 20 C and above. The average water temperature in Howe Sound in winter reaches 6.8 C, in spring 10.1 C, in summer the average temperature rises to 17.6 C, and in autumn it is 12 C.”

Good fishing day?

According to, today is an excellent fishing day in Squamish. The best bite time (not counting this morning, which has come and gone) is from 9:02 p.m. to 11:02 p.m.


There are lots of events coming up in town! Note that Acting Like Black Sabbath (Black Sabbath Tribute Band) is at Trickster's Hideout on May 24 from 8:30 p.m. to 2 a.m.

The 18th Annual Hike for Hospice Celebration takes place on May 25 from noon to 2:30 p.m. at Junction Park & O'Siyam Pavilion.

It is Day Out With Thomas, time at the Railway Museum of British Columbia. On Saturday, May 25th, the train leaves the station at 10:30 a.m. 

Looking even further ahead, there’s the Recycle Bicycle event on June 1, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 1009 Centennial Way. Squamish Helping Hands will be “taking donations of used bikes and repairing them so that someone else can use it.”

Also on June 1, Toronto-based electronic duo MOONBEAN will play at Trickster's Hideout from 2 p.m. to  4 p.m.

Want a possible shout-out in our daily report? Load your event into our free online event calendar.

On the water

Squamish RCMSAR says it is “steering boaters towards safety” this Safe Boating Awareness Week, which runs from May 18 to 24.

As the weather warms and water travel becomes more popular, Squamish RCMSAR says folks should follow these safety precautions:

  • Wear a lifejacket
  • Boat sober
  • Bring safety equipment and test prior to departure
  • Familiarize yourself with the visiting area
  • Be aware of submerged objects
  • Leave a sail plan with loved ones and check the weather before departure
  • Always have a way to call for help: Use channel 16 on a marine VHF radio or dial *16, #727 or 911 on a cell phone, if there is service.

On this day

  • The average high on May 23 in Squamish is 18.8 C, according to Environment Canada. 
  • The average low is 7.8° C.
  • The highest temperature on this day (1983-2023) was 28.7 C in 1999.
  • The lowest temperature seen on this day in the district was 3.8 C in 1986.
  • The most precipitation we have seen on this day was 41.4 mm in 2014.

Rest of the week

Unsettled conditions will continue into the weekend.

Friday will be cloudy with a 60% chance of showers; the high on May 24 will reach 15 C, and the overnight low down to 9 C. 

Saturday, Environment Canada is forecasting showers and a high of 13 C, with an overnight dip down to 9 C. 

On Sunday, expect more of the same, with periods of rain; the high will be 15 C and the low will be 10 C. 

Gas prices

According to our latest data, gas at Squamish pumps today is going for 201.9 cents per litre.

Drivers will find the cheapest Whistler gas—200.9/L—at the Star West Petroleum Cardlock. You will pay 201.9/L at other stations. 

The lowest you can pay for petrol at the pump in Pemberton today is 200.9/L at AC Gas. The other stations show 201.9/L.

Have a great day, Squamish! 

~With a file (boating safety) by Andrew Hughes/The Squamish Chief



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