Ah, July. Just the mention of this month gets many people daydreaming about hot dogs, s’mores and sleeping under the stars. Fortunately, B.C. campsites are abound within quick driving distance of the Lower Mainland that’s ripe for throwing some gear in the pickup, grabbing a few friends and setting up camp. Below are some tried-and-true B.C. campsites, and the trucks to get you there.
Just past Squamish, this family-oriented campground is perfect for those that like to be surrounded by the mountains, trees, and plenty of beautiful lakes. Fire pits, tap water, pit/flush toilets and free showers accommodate all levels of adventurers.
Located in Maple Ridge, three large sites offer walk-in availability, a day use area, beaches and a boat launch for marine activities. When the weather gets really hot, take a refreshing dip in Alouette Lake.
Easily one of the most popular summer destinations in B.C., Cultus Lake is only an hour and a half drive from Vancouver. If you get bored of playing bocce ball or throwing the Frisbee, check out the waterslides at the nearby water park.
Just as important as picking a destination, you’re going to want a reliable and safe vehicle with lots of room to carry people and stuff. Here are a couple of great options.
With room for five and a maximum tow rating of 2,268 kilograms, the Ridgeline is made for outdoor excursions. Independent front/rear suspension gives the truck car-like handling, and the dual-action tailgate makes for easy loading and unloading supplies. Three standard 12-volt power outlets means more than just the driver gets to charge his or her devices.
Redesigned for 2014, the Tundra can go straight from the construction zone to the countryside without batting a headlight. The standard 4.6-litre, 310-horsepower V8 can traverse any logging road you may come across with ease, and a choice of a 5.5-foot, 6.5-foot or 8-foot bed depending on model means hauling cargo is no problem. The Tundra also features Toyota’s STAR Safety System consisting of Vehicle Stability Control, Traction Control, Anti-lock Brake System and more.
Written by: Benjamin Yong for OpenRoad Auto Group
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