Tag: provincial park

  • Winter camping baby step! in Porteau Cove

    Winter camping baby step! in Porteau Cove

    Winter camping is always a daunting but exciting prospect. It’s a frontier that we haven’t explored yet, and conquering it would mean unlocking the possibility for year-round camping. The risk of hypothermia in the winter is real though, when we’re separated from the elements with nothing but a few sheets of plastic. However, there is…

  • Camping at Porteau Cove Provincial Park

    Camping at Porteau Cove Provincial Park

    Quick Facts: The most stunning waterfront campsites are usually reserved for paddle campers who have to put in the work, but there’s one location where you can park your car next to your tent: Porteau Cove Provincial Park. It’s an easy 1 hour drive from Vancouver, and it allows you to camp right on the…

  • Camping at Golden Ears Provincial Park

    Camping at Golden Ears Provincial Park

    Quick Facts: Golden Ears Provincial Park is one of the closest parks to Vancouver, so despite the massive campgrounds with a combined 443 front country campsites, it can still get full on a summer weekend. In fact, it’s so popular that in the peak season, BC Parks imposes a free day pass system for day…

  • Camping at Chilliwack Lake Provincial Park

    Camping at Chilliwack Lake Provincial Park

    Quick Facts: Chilliwack Lake Provincial Park is located 140km east of Vancouver and surprisingly far from Chilliwack. From Vedder Crossing, you need to drive another 40km east on Chilliwack Lake Road, which gets increasingly remote and wild but thankfully it’s paved the entire way till the provincial park. Along Chilliwack Lake Road, there are lots…

  • Rolley Lake Camping

    Rolley Lake Camping

    Quick Facts: Rolley Lake Provincial Park features a sizable frontcountry campground close (but not immediately adjacent) to the small and paddler-friendly Rolley Lake, with luxurious amenities including hot shower, flush toilet, and a playground. We put this campground high on our to-visit list, and at the first sight of warmish weather this spring (14 degrees…

  • Camping at Ruckle Provincial Park on Salt Spring Island

    Camping at Ruckle Provincial Park on Salt Spring Island

    Quick Facts: I have done two awesome paddle camping trips this summer, once in Indian Arm, and another time in Sechelt Inlet. Both were fantastic trips, but I wished I could share the awesome experience of rustic marine camping with my family. It’s truly a whole different experience camping with the ocean as our front…

  • Camping at Goldstream Provincial Park

    Camping at Goldstream Provincial Park

    Goldstream Provincial Park features a campground just 25 minutes outside Victoria via Highway 1. It has what we call the “deluxe” facilities by provincial park standards: hot shower, flush toilet, deep sinks for dish washing, and even decent cellular reception. But our first impression of the campground was less than perfect. At around 2pm, there…

  • Duffey Lake Paddle

    Duffey Lake Paddle

    Quick Facts Parking and Launching: Duffey Lake Viewpoint Launching type: pebbly beach Difficulty – windy and small waves made it more of an intermediate paddle Boat traffic – no motor boats View – majestic, snow capped Mt Rohr accompanies the outbound paddle Facilities: none. Overall score – 5/10 Duffey Lake sits on Highway 99, halfway between…

  • Nairn Falls Hike

    Nairn Falls Hike

    Quick Facts: AllTrails link: Nairn Falls Trail, 2.6km out-and-back trail with 108m elevation gain Difficulty: easy, but unprotected steep slopes down to the river requires close supervision for a toddler Traffic: heavy Facilities: pit toilets at trail head View: powerful waterfall cutting deep into a gorge Overall score: 8/10 Nairn Falls Provincial Park has a…

  • Nairn Falls Camping

    Nairn Falls Camping

    Quick Facts: 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. However,…