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Camping in Vancouver Coast & Mountains
 
Front Country Camping

British Columbia has an endless number of campsites but if your going to explore some of the better known areas areas of the province you should make reservations whenever you can. Call 800-689-9025 for provincial park campsites (be aware that not all campgrounds accept reservations) or 689-9025 if your within the greater Vancouver area.

 
 
     
 
  Reservations are available by phone 24hrs a day and seven days a week. For more information on provicial parks call BC Parks at 250-387-4550. There are no National Parks within the Coast and Mountains region.

Not all of British Columbia parks have front country camping (sites accessible by car).

 
Some have walk-in camping, which generally involves carrying your gear into the site on foot. Distances to walk in sites can vary and we try ("try", that's the operative word) to make a distinction between walk-in sites and back country sites. Backcountry sites require some real backpacking to reach the campground. Check with the park to ensure that the sites are what you expect them to be, in order to avoid unpleasant surprises.

Some campgrounds are open year round particularly in the Lower Mainland/Fraser Valley area, check with the individual park for details.

The forest campsites are usually more difficult to reach and have less amenities. You may need four wheel drive and sometimes even chains to reach some of them. Check with the forest district office or visit their website to get detailed information.


British Columbia Provincial Park Campsites

Alice Lake - Sea to Sky, Hwy 99, Just North of Squamish. The park has 88 front country sites. The park has its own trail network and you can easily get access to the trails in Garibaldi Provincial park. Often used by campers intending to visit Whistler. Make sure you have reservations.

Birkenhead - Sea to Sky, Off Hwy 99 north of Whistler and Pemberton. There are 85 front country sites as well as 6 walk-ins.

Brandywine Falls - Sea to Sky, On Hwy 99 the park has 15 front country campsites. Often used by campers intending to visit Whistler. Make sure you have reservations.

Chilliwack Lake - Lower Mainland/Fraser Valley, Hwy 1 in the Fraser Valley. The park has 100 front country sites.

Cultus Lake - Lower Mainland/Fraser Valley, Hwy 1 in the Fraser Valley south of Chilliwack. this is a popular park within an hour of Vancouver, there are 296 front country camp sites in the park.This is a very popular spot for campers.

Cypress - Greater Vancouver. From Vancouver cross over the Lions Gate, head towards West Vancouver and follow the signs to Highway 1 and 99 (the road to Whistler) along the upper levels in North Vancouver and follow the signs to the park. Primitive camping is permitted at non-designated sites beyond the ski center at the higher elevations in the park. Leave no trace. There is no front country camping in the park. Beautiful view of the city and surrounding areas.

Golden Ears - Lower Mainland/Fraser Valley. This beautiful park is located off Hwy 7 just east of Vancouver. The park has 343 front county campsites and 50 walk-ins. There is an extensive trail network and spectacular scenery.

Garibaldi - Sea to Sky, Hwy 99, Sea to Sky between Whistler and Squawmish. The park has no front country camping, your best option is to camp at Alice Lake. There are however 196 walk-in sites. There is an extensive trail system and the scenery is spectacular.

Indian Arm Marine - Lower Mainland/Fraser Valley, the park has walk-in campsites.

Joffre Lakes - Sea to Sky, Off Hwy 99 north of Pemberton, the park has walk-in camping only.

Kilby - Lower Mainland/Fraser Valley, Kilby has 38 front country campsites.

Manning - Lower Mainland/Fraser Valley, on Hwy 3, in the Fraser Valley south east of Hope. There are 355 front counrtry campsites along with 70 walk-ins. This is a spectacular park, very much representative of British Columbia. The park has an excellent trail system.

Mount Seymour - Greater Vancouver Region, located on Mount Seymour Road just north of the parkway, 15 km north of Vancouver, just off of Hwy 1 in North Vancouver. There are no front country campsites in the park. Strong backpackers can take advantage of backcountry camping in the Elsay Lake area. Lots of hiking with spectacular views.

Nicolum River - Lower Mainland/Fraser Valley, the park has 9 front country campsites

Porpoise Bay - Sunshine Coast. There are 84 front country sites along with some walk-ins.

Porteau Cove - Sea to Sky, Hwy 99 south of Squamish, Sea to Sky. There are 44 Front Country, 16 Walk-in. The park is locate on the shores of Howe Sound. Great scuba diving.

Roberts Creek - Sunshine Coast. The park has 25 front country sites.

Rolley Lake - Lower Mainland/Fraser Valley, there are 64 front country campsites in the park.

Saltery Bay - Sunshine Coast, the park has 42 front country sites as well as some walk-ins.

Sasquatch - Lower Mainland/Fraser Valley, a total of 177 front country campsites.

Silver Lake - Lower Mainland/Fraser Valley, there are 30 front country campsites.

Skagit Valley - Lower Mainland/Fraser Valley. Follow highway 1 and then head south on the Silver/Skagit road about 3km west of Hope.From the turnoff the park entrance is about 37km and about 2.5 hours from Vancouver. Silver Tip is the closest campground to the park entrance and has 43 sites. Ross Lake Reservoir has an additional 88 front country sites in the south of the park. Sites are available along the Skyline II Trail (Manning) and the Skagit River Trail for backcountry enthusiasts. There is also group camping in the park.

Smelt Bay - Sunshine Coast, their are 22 front country sites in the park.

Smugglers Cove - Sunshine Coast, Hike-in or Paddle-in. Their are 5 walk-in campsites.

Stawamus Chief - Sea to Sky, Hwy 99, Just South of Squamish. The park has 40 walk-in campsites as well as 15 front country sites. If you ever though about climbing the walls this is the place to do it.

Squamish Forest District Campsites

These forestry recreational sites consist of both front country and back country sites. Extra care should be exercised ifthe sites are along logging roads. Four wheel drives may be necessary. If the road is is a logging truck route practice extreme caution.

 

 

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