With the BC Parks online reservation service currently on the fritz, making those springtime camping plans can be tough. To help ease the burden, here are 10 of the best non-provincial campsites in and around Metro Vancouver.
Located on the riverside near Brohm Lake, Paradise Valley Campground offers a heavily forested environment, as well as a ton of places for hiking, bouldering, kayaking, biking, and a federal fish hatchery for a bit of education.
Address: 3520 Paradise Valley Road, Squamish
Next to the Squamish River, the Squamish Valley Campground is another gem in the forested crown of West Coast camp sites. Take in the sights and sounds of the Pacific Northwest, swim in the river, or hit the trails: there’s something for everyone.
Address: Squamish Valley Road near Cloudburst Crescent
Near Davis Beach, Creekside is a full service camp ground with 38 sites including RV hookups for water, electricity, and septic. The Wilson Creek runs alongside the property, but there’s always the pool if you’re not ready for wild water.
Address: 4314 Sunshine Coast Highway
Just 45 minutes outside of Vancouver, Anmore offers a comfortable and quiet camping experience, while still being close enough to all the amenities you could need.
Address: 3230 Sunnyside Road, Port Moody
Part campsite, part Historic Site, Kilby Park features beautiful campgrounds, as well as the BC Museum of Rural Life. Complete with collections and exhibits, it’s a one-of-a-kind camping experience.
Address: 215 Kilby Road, Harrison Mills
Dogwood is one of the more popular campgrounds in Surrey, and features clean facilities, hot showers, a place to do your laundry, even Wi-Fi. If you’re looking to get back to nature or just get out of the house you can’t go wrong.
Address: 15151 112 Avenue, Surrey
In rural Surrey, Hazelmere is more than a quarter mile from a quiet country road. If you’re looking to lay out under the stars and forget cars even exist, there are worse places to go than Hazelmere.
Address: 18843 8th Avenue, Surrey
This campsite has it all: bike rentals, a cafe, a kid’s activity centre, clean, modern bathrooms, themed weekends, and more on the gigantic 156 site camp grounds. Make your reservations soon because this looks like the place to be.
Address: 9451 Glover Road, Langley
Near Cultus Lake, Sunnyside is a nice quiet campground in the forested, rustic cabin filled wilds of Chilliwack. Take a boat out on the lake and live the way West Coasters were meant to.
Address: 3405 Columbia Valley Highway, Cultus Lake
Vedder River is just down river from Cultus Lake, and even quieter. Do some fishing and bird-watching, take the kids to the playground, or learn a little something at the spawning channels and fish habitats. B.C. is a beautiful place.
Address: 5355 Giesbrecht Road, Chilliwack