Time ago, Lady Luck expressed her opinion on Squamish. She mentioned that Squamish has the highest child cancer rate in B.C.
"Well there is always the giant lead spill at the Squamish waterfront that will never go away.
It is also one giant alluvial fan, AKA floodplane.
Don't get me started on the unsavory rental market clientel."
"There are the old Nexen lands (chemical plant). The land was cleaned up but that only means the chemicals are about 1.5m below the surface."
Did a google search and the only reference to Squamish and cancer are found on this website, quoted by Lady Luck. Pretty much everything she dislikes about Squamish has been refuted in this thread http://www.realestatetalks.com/viewtopi ... =8&t=30005
Not to say she is wrong, but there is little to support that she is right.
As for the chemical plant, are you telling me that all of the highly desireable locales in Vancouver are places where you could grow organic food in your yard? Wasn't false creek an environmental disaster at one point? What's the air like in the downtown core at street level in peak hour? What are the childhood cancer stats saying about sedentary lifestyles associated with condo living vs playing in the mountains. Unless you're eating organic food, I think you have more to worry about than what is 1.5m below the surface of the lands that get more rain than most of Canada, which you are unlikely to visit until it has been completely redeveloped. Not that I have my hand up to work the earthmoving equipment for when the time comes.
As for the floodplain, there are plenty of options well outside the floodplain in this town. Whether or not the newish building regulations are sufficient for the rest of the town, time will tell but buying out of the floodplain was the #1 criteria for me. If I could not afford to do so, I would have chosen a newer property that was built to be flood resistant. For some reason the 60 year old homes that are still there are, well... still there. Of course, past performance does not guarantee future performance, hence my house at EL. 80m
You don't have to look too far to find 101 examples of past and present environmental issues. Oil floats on the water in marinas, garbage washes up on beaches, factories and cars spew toxic chemicals globally. Downtown Vancouver has never had a toxic spill? I doubt that. I'm less worried about my health when I spend a good chunk of most days playing in the rainforest with my heart rate cranked, and virtually none of my time dealing with traffic, lineups and overcrowding. Vancouver is a great place to visit, and I'm glad it's so close when I need it, but I wouldn't want to live there. Same goes for Whistler and all the bro's and hoes, and long snowy winters. Nothing better than skiing and then at the end of the day rolling back into the green forest with soft rain to wash off the slush and clouds swirling around the chief.