Pitching a tent near Vancouver

Camping in BC

Camping near Vancouver

The May long weekend is just around the corner, and with it the unofficial launch of the summer camping season. With so many stunning places to camp near Vancouver it’s hard to come up with a short list, but here are a few of the more well-known spots.

  • Golden Ears Provincial Park
  • Manning Park (Lightening Lake)
  • Alice Lake
  • Cultus Lake (although can be busy/noisy on weekends)
  • Porpoise Bay
  • Lakelse Lake Provincial Park
  • Sasquatch Provincial Park

These are all provincial park campgrounds, so pretty obvious choices. There are hundreds of less-known spots, many only accessible by logging roads or even by boat.

Post your suggestions for additional places to camp in the comments and help us build a top ten list.

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6 Responses to Pitching a tent near Vancouver

  1. Ruckle Park on Saltspring!

  2. Here are some responses via Twitter:

    @TourismLangley: Derby Reach Regional park for bar fishing or Fort Camping at Brae Island.

    @andrewip: Garibaldi Park is pretty awesome for camping with lots to do. Otherwise, Widgeon Creek can’t be beat.

    @lilchick: Squamish river valley! It’s off road car camping and it’s wicked. Untamed wilderness for the most part!

    @TylerIngram: Gold Creek @ Golden Ears Provincial Park

    @karwoll: Best campsite = Granite Falls. No road access, pristine wilderness and you sleep below a thundering waterfall http://ow.ly/5hUi

    @hummingbird604: For me, camping means a cabin with hot showers, wifi and a warm bed to sleep in.

    @TourismSquamish: Favourite camping around Vancouver? Alice Lk for car camping http://bit.ly/zhDbW and Garibaldi Lk for backcountry

    I like @hummingbird604’s response the best :)

  3. For those wanting a nice hike as well, I would definitely recommend Garibaldi Lake. A glacier-fed turquoise lake, surrounded by snow-capped mountains. Hard to beat


    Nice list!

  4. I really like reading your article, I have also bookmarked your website for the future. Thanks!

  5. Great post! indeed!

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