Camping in Vancouver

Camping in Vancouver

Vancouver is surrounded by beautiful alpine lakes, rivers and waterfalls all in the middle of some lush forests.  It is an incredible place to get back to nature.  With provincial parks nearby you can satisfy that camping urge all year round.  Here are some of the best camping spots in and around Vancouver that you should check out.  Some have easy access where you can drive on in while others are a bit more isolated and you may have to do some hiking.  Some of these places are hugely popular so it is in your best interests to book early, especially on any long weekends.  Here are some of the best campgrounds in Vancouver.

China Beach, Juan de Fuca Provincial Park

China Beach is located right on the coastline of Vancouver Island and was voted one of the top sites in the Northwest by Sunset Magazine.  It is pretty hard to argue with that once you get here.  It is probably the furthest from all the campgrounds on the list but the trails lead to wide open seas with white sandy beaches and you can drive on up.  Not only that you are allowed to camp on the beach here.  Imagine waking up to the smell of saltwater and the sound of the waves crashing.  The campsite has all the amenities you need including fire pits for cooking, firewood, recycling facilities and you can book double sites if you’re bringing a group.  Here is a look at the beaches.

Gold Creek Campground, Golden Ears Provincial Park

This is another campground that you can drive to directly located in the north east of Vancouver.  If you like camping but want your creature comforts too then this is the spot for you.  It has some pretty sweet amenities, there are fire pits, hot showers, flush toilets, boat rentals, it is wheelchair accessible and there is a host on site to make sure you have everything that you need.  If you’re looking for things to do while you’re here head off on the trails to get a good look at the Rockies and then head over to Gold Creek falls which is just about the most perfect picnic spot anywhere.

Garibaldi Lake, Garibaldi Provincial Park

This is not for the novice camper, this is Canadian backcountry camping at its finest.  You are surrounded by beautiful glacial lakes, mountains reaching to the sky in the background and alpine flowers all around you.  If you want peace and quiet without the chaos of other tourists then this is where you want to go.  You are going to be roughing it, there isn’t even drinking water here so bring your own or be prepared to purify some mountain spring water.  They have a leave no trace policy so whatever you bring with you, you are going to take back home.

Alice Lake Campground, Alice Lake Provincial Park

This campground is a little closer to the mountains, not very far from Whistler and it is popular with families.  There are plenty of amenities and you can bring in a camper, there are electric hookups, flush toilets, showers, hot and cold water and a playground for the kids to enjoy.  There are trails nearby that will take you through open clearings and you can check out some of the lakes.  The mountains are always present in the background and there is a swimming area here too.  This is the ideal family camping spot.  Reserve early, this place books up fast!