By Gagandeep Ghuman
Published: April.6, 2012
As a traveller on his way to Whistler, Jasprit Bhatia’s idea of Squamish was no different than others visitors who pass through Squamish.
There was the MacDonald’s, and then there were the few shops along the Highway.
“I never realised there was a town beyond the MacDonald’s,” he said.
Bhatia, a store manager at the local Tom Harris store, moved to Squamish this year in January.
Like many visitors who become citizens, he was amazed at the size of Squamish.
“It’s a pretty big town, but you never get a sense of this town driving along the Highway” he said.
Bhatia moved to Squamish after working two years for different Tom Harris stores in the Lower Mainland, first in Coquitlam, and then later in Pitt Meadows.
When the opportunity came to work as a store manager in Squamish, he first thought of commuting from North Vancouver, but finally agreed to come and live here in Squamish.
Before he came, he did his research, and found out one thing quickly: It was a great place to hike and enjoy the outdoors.
And he is making use of those trails a lot these days. There is rarely an evening when he isn’t out there on the trails, walking his dog, Saby.
“Squamish is a very pet friendly town,” he says.
There are other perks of living in Squamish that Bhatia is discovering.
“The people here are so nice and friendly, and over all, it’s all very relaxing,” he says.