S’More Summer left at Golden Ears Provincial Park

Entrance to Golden Ears Provincial Park Photo: Rob Weiss

Twisting and turning along the long winding road we travelled deeper and deeper into the lush forest. With the end of summer quickly approaching it was time for one last camping trip and the proximity and ease of access to Golden Ears Provincial Park made it our obvious first choice. Located in the Coast Mountain Range, 11 km north of Maple Ridge, Golden Ears is a Vancouver favourite.  Ideal for first-time campers or those not quite ready for backcountry travel the provincial park features three vehicle accessible campgrounds, Gold Creek, Alouette and North Beach all situated close to the lake for endless hours of outdoor exploration. Open year round, the Gold Creek site boasts 148 sites, the majority of them reservable through Discover Camping.

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S’More Summer left at Golden Ears Provincial Park

Authentic West Coast Camping – Minutes from Downtown Vancouver

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Night Sky Porteau Cove Provincial Park Photo: Flickr, Damon West

On a daily basis, I awaken to hear the mountains and ocean calling.  There is something deep inside me that craves to be outside.  I am confident that those closest to me would agree that without my regular dose of Nature, I can be extremely difficult to live with.  Often, when time is tight, and I can’t find my way to the back country, I look closer to home, to one of Vancouver’s best seaside attractions – Porteau Cove Provincial Park!    Located on North America’s most southerly fjords, Porteau Cove is famous for views of Howe Sound and the surrounding mountains, scuba diving, waterfront campsites, beachcombing, star gazing and Aurora Borealis viewing.  All this, and only 38 km north of Vancouver on Highway 99.  Unbelievable.

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Authentic West Coast Camping – Minutes from Downtown Vancouver

Things to do at Fort Langley this spring

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Over a century and a half ago, a fur trade organization called the Hudson’s Bay Company established a small post to trade with the First Nations of the West Coast. The enterprise grew, evolved, and influenced history, leading to the creation of the colony of British Columbia. The location of that original trading post is now known as the Fort Langley National Historic Site.

Taking advantage of history, Fort Langley NHS now boasts numerous family-friendly activities. Here’s a rundown of some of the activities offered at Fort Langley.

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Things to do at Fort Langley this spring

New Evening Campfires and More at Fort Langley National Historic Site

photo: oTENTik at Fort Langley NHS

photo: oTENTik at Fort Langley NHS

Fort Langley is the exact location where, a century and a half ago, a huge fur trade organization called the Hudson’s Bay Company established a small post to trade with the First Nations of the West Coast. The enterprise grew, evolved, and influenced history, leading to the creation of the colony of British Columbia.
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New Evening Campfires and More at Fort Langley National Historic Site

Take a Day Trip to Porteau Cove

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Now that fall is here, make the most of dry days with a daytrip out of Vancouver. We all know the rain will soon be here in full force, so get outside for the last few sunny days.

Porteau Cove Provincial Park is an ideal place to spend the day outside of the city. Just a couple hours drive from Vancouver, Porteau Cove is a beautiful spot on the water where you can explore, walk around, and enjoy sunsets and stunning views of Howe Sound.

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Best tent camping near Vancouver? You make the call!

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It’s that time of year again.

With the weather getting warmer, thoughts turn to campfires, s’mores, sleeping bags and bug spray.  Camping is a celebrated summer ritual in Vancouver.  And no wonder – We’re spoiled with dozens of  provincial parks within a two-hour drive of the city.

And these aren’t just roadside campgrounds.  I’m talking about the electric-blue glacial lakes and soaring mountains of Garibaldi.  About the thundering torrents of Nairn Falls.  About the idyllic streams and untouched wilderness of Golden Ears (where, I should point out, Rambo was filmed).

Amenities in these parks vary.  Some offer only hike-in campsites; others have deluxe campgrounds with hot showers and electrical hookups.  But they all come fully loaded with exceptional scenery and access to beautiful B.C. wilderness.

Sadly, summer’s too short to explore them all – which is why I need your help:

Where’s the best camping near Vancouver?  Where’s your favourite place to camp with friends or family? Let us know below.

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Best tent camping near Vancouver? You make the call!

Pitching a tent near Vancouver

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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.