Get your surf boards waxed and ready. A rezoning application has been submitted to Squamish Lillooet Regional District in B.C. near Vancouver for a massive surf park in within a brand new resort community. The proposed Squamish surf park would turn what is currently a gravel pit into Canada’s first full-sized park of its kind. The sprawling, six-acre surf park would be surrounded by a huge new mixed-use community development.
The proposal was put forth by Tiger Bay Development who call themselves “a small team of surfers, outdoorsmen, creatives, and collaborators,” as stated on their website. The team at Tiger Bay Development has dreamed up the vision of what they are calling an “adventure-focused community” and they hope to see it become a reality by 2025. Their vision called South Britannia aims to elevate the area while restoring the natural landscape.
The unique resort community would be unlike anything in the area. As most Canadian resorts focus on winter sports, South Britannia could change the way we experience summer in B.C., especially with Squamish's warm temperatures.
South Britannia would consist of 43% parks and green space within their 116 acres of brownfield land and 31 acres of reinstated forest. The community contains two beaches and 150 rental homes. If South Britannia becomes a reality, there will be 630 new permanent jobs up for grabs.
Tiger Bay Development imagined a perfect day surrounded by mountains and ocean and went from there. They have partnered with Wavegarden to design Canada’s first full-sized surf park using Wavegarden Cove technology. The park will pump up to 1000 waves per hour that range in size to suit every level of surfer.
Beyond the waves, the development includes a brewery, skatepark, bike pump track, climbing wall, retail space, offices and co-working spaces, a transit hub, various sized rental properties from apartments to townhomes, and more.
There would also be a surf hotel, boutique hotel, and cabin resort. There's certainly no shortage of amenities or accommodation at South Britannia.
The architecture of the resort community uses the natural surroundings for inspiration, with an aesthetic designed to blend with the landscape.
Texas already has a massive man-made surf park. Why let them have all the fun?
Designed for those who desire an active and accessible lifestyle all in one location, Britannia South could transform the way residents and visitors live and adventure in Squamish. If Britannia South becomes a reality, it definitely deserves a place on your B.C. bucket list.