Nairn Falls Camping

Quick Facts:
  • BC Provincial Parks website:
  • Access to water: short drive or an easy hike to One Mile Lake just to the north of the campground
  • Rustic facilities: pit toilets, pumped water, no showers
  • Activities: nice hike to Nairn Falls, and it’s a good basecamp for Whistler, Pamberton, and Joffrey Lakes
  • Outdoor Fam rating: 6 out of 10

Nairn Falls Provincial Park is situated on the Sea to Sky Highway just south of Pemberton. It’s a fairly rustic campground, with only pit toilets, no showers, and hand pumps for water. Probably due to the simple amenities, the nightly fee here was $22/night compared to the usual $35 in BC Parks.

Hand pump at Nairn Falls Campground

However, due to its proximity to Whistler (25 minutes) and Pemberton (5 minutes), this is still quite popular and fully reserved.

The campground stretches from the highway in the north to Green River to the west and east. The highway noise can be quite loud for the northern half of the campground. The loud river flow would drawn out the noises for campsites closer to the river.

An empty campsite on the southern end of the campground. The river is below a fenced off cliff.

Junior just graduated from balance biking to pedal biking, so we started bringing his bike on our camping trips. It definitely made packing more interesting.

There was a small trail right off the campground that took us to a river bank. It was a great evening stroll before bed.

Green River.

The mosquitoes were pretty bad since we came here in late July and we didn’t have room to bring the cooking tent. Mosquitoes are basically part of the experience of camping anywhere near bodies of fresh water in July and August.

We found a little pump track in the middle of the campground, in what looked like an empty group camping area.

On day two, we went to check out Duffey Lake Provincial Park (45 mins) and the Nairn Falls Hike. On day three, we visited the One Mile Lake before heading home. This campground would also be a great jumping off point to go visit Joffre Lakes Provincial Park (30 mins).

Overall, this is a no-frills, reservable BC Parks campground close to the Whistler and Pemberton area. The campground itself provides access to the very scenic Nairn Falls, and another trail takes you to One Mile Lake. Other than that, this campground’s main function would be to serve as a basecamp to explore the nearby attractions.

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