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Porteau Cove Provincial Campground

Vancouver Metro Area, British Columbia

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  • Porteau Cove on the Howe Sound.- Porteau Cove Provincial Campground
  • Front gate for ice and information.- Porteau Cove Provincial Campground
  • Porteau Cove Olympic Legacy Cabins.- Porteau Cove Provincial Campground
  • Most sites have beach access.- Porteau Cove Provincial Campground
  • The views from most camp sites is amazing.- Porteau Cove Provincial Campground
  • Communal cooking and eating area.- Porteau Cove Provincial Campground
  • Sinks for clean up.- Porteau Cove Provincial Campground
  • Some camp sites are very large and spacious.- Porteau Cove Provincial Campground
  • Some site are doubles.- Porteau Cove Provincial Campground
  • The beach access and view from a site in Porteau Cove Provincial Campground.- Porteau Cove Provincial Campground
  • Viewpoint at the end of the campground.- Porteau Cove Provincial Campground
  • A floating dock in the cove.- Porteau Cove Provincial Campground
  • Cliff jumping into the cove.- Porteau Cove Provincial Campground
  • Large park and lagoon.- Porteau Cove Provincial Campground
  • Wild pebbly beaches.- Porteau Cove Provincial Campground
  • Driftwood lining the shore creates a great playground.- Porteau Cove Provincial Campground
  • Diving for dinner.- Porteau Cove Provincial Campground
  • Picnic area for day use.- Porteau Cove Provincial Campground
  • The old ferry dock is a great place to catch the sunset.- Porteau Cove Provincial Campground
  • View of the Serratus Mountain Glacier.- Porteau Cove Provincial Campground
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Most sites have private beach access. Beautiful views. Year-round camping.
Cons: 
Train runs behind the campground. Spots are reserved very early.
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Region:
Vancouver Metro Area, BC
Congestion: 
High
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Camping fee: 
$43.00
Day-Use/Parking Pass Required:
Not Required
RV sites: 
5
Tent/Car sites: 
39
Tent/Walk-in sites: 
16
Group sites: 
5
Cabins: 
2
Picnic Tables: 
Yes
Dogs allowed: 
Yes
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Campground Description

Campground Description

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Located almost exactly between Vancouver and Squamish and nestled at the very bottom of Brunswick Mountain in the Howe Sound, Porteau Cove is in the heart of Canada's outdoor adventure playground. Porteau Cove was originally established in 1908 as a resource for Vancouver's growing need for sand and gravel. A small group of employees lived there and built a schoolhouse, tennis courts, and a ferry dock for service between Squamish and Vancouver before the introduction of the rail lines.

A campground since 1981, Porteau Cove attracts adventurers and divers from around the world for its top-notch diving and fishing. The water here is very clear and has high visibility due to cold temperatures and a lack of bacteria. Some ships have been sunk just offshore to create artificial reefs for marine life to grow and for divers to explore.

Most of the campsites are along a small, crescent-shaped pebbly beach lined with large timbers and driftwood. There are 44 car/tent campsites with fire pits and electricity; 16 walk-in campsites share communal fire pits, a communal eating and cooking pavilion, water services, and outhouses. There are two log cabins with full amenities that sleep four, and these are available for rent year round.

Campsites 1 through 11, excluding 6 and 8, have northwest facing beach access, and sites 13 through 22 have southwest facing beach access. Sites 32 through 43 have beach access as well, these are a closer to the road. Most of the walk-in campsites also have beach access that faces northwest. 

The park is located at the end of the campground along with the lagoon, amphitheater, and lookout point. A wooden walkway and stairs take you up to one of Howe Sound's most beautiful views, which is a great place to watch the sunset. Just behind the lookout point is an area for cliff jumping into the cove. The cove has a mooring dock for small boats, and this can be a great place for swimming and laying in the sun.

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