Camping in Squamish

Posted on: May 6, 2024

Camping in Squamish - Your Local Guide

Squamish is a great place to camp. Whether you're with the family looking for a basecamp for holiday adventuring, keen to find a spot on a lake or the ocean or into pitching a tent in the lush Squamish rainforest, the options in and around Squamish are limitless.

For information about camping in BC Parks please check BC Park's website

Please remember that if you are recreating outdoors, you must do so responsibly by leaving no trace, keeping wildlife wild and respecting the amenities, people and nature around us. Check Camping Availability

*SPECIAL NOTICE*

The District of Squamish municipal campfire ban that began on Thursday, May 16, 2024 has been rescinded. Please be aware that while campfires are once again permitted, a campfire ban will be considered once again when conditions require.

Please note that District of Squamish Residential Campfire Permit can only be used on private residential properties with the written permission of the property owner or in designated commercial campgrounds within the District of Squamish boundaries. Fires are never permitted in public areas such as beaches, parks or riverbanks and would still be subject to bylaw enforcement.

Campfire Permit holders are reminded to review the conditions of the campfire permit and ensure that these conditions are met prior to lighting a campfire.

 

Family/RV Camping

Alice Lake Provincial Park

Located just north of Squamish off Highway 99 is Alice Lake Provincial Park. There is a large campground here, right on the lake. There is a good, family-friendly feel, and Alice Lake is an ideal base for all of your Squamish adventures. It's also the perfect place to end your day with a dip. Reservations fill up quickly and can be made on the Discover Camping website here.

Paradise Valley Campground Camping in Squamish - Your Local Guide Image

Located just up Paradise Valley Road, a short drive from Highway 99, Paradise Valley Campground has an escape-from-it-all feel and is located beside the stunning Cheakamus River. Visitors can enjoy easy access to plenty of amazing hiking trails, the Cheakamus, Cheekeye and Squamish Rivers as well as Brohm and Levette Lake. RV Camping and Campsites are available and there is an onsite shop that sells coffee, ice cream and milkshakes.

Mountain Fun Basecamp 

Close to town, just south of Alice Lake Provincial Park on Highway 99, this little resort offers all the services for anyone looking to pitch a tent or park an RV. There are even cozy cabin-like rooms for rent if you're feeling a little more like glamping than camping. The bonus here is it sits right in the middle of some of the best mountain biking and hiking in Squamish. If you don't have a bike with you, Dialed In Cycling is located in the MTN Fun Basecamp office and offers a full fleet of options, plus guided tours and clinics.

Klahanie Campground

Located just across from Shannon Falls in Darrell Bay, Klahanie Campground has been serving campers in the Sea to Sky for over 30 years. It's a great spot to relax and is a short walk to check out the base of the Stawamus Chief, Shannon Falls and the Sea to Sky Gondola. The views of Howe Sound here are breathtaking, and the campground features a private beach with epic views for watching the sun go down. 

Olympic Park Campground

The Sea to Sky Corridor has a new camping destination in the beautiful Callaghan Valley - Whistler Olympic Park RV & Campground!

Opened in summer 2023, this is your gateway to outdoor recreation and relaxation just north of Squamish. The campground provides 39 spacious campsites with full-service and unserviced options. Enjoy comfortable amenities, scenic views and a unique, secluded and historic setting in nature, surrounded by the stunning beauty of evergreen forests, valleys and mountain ranges. 

Rustic Campgrounds

Stawamus Chief Campground Squamish BC

Stawamus Chief Provincial Park

Nestled in the forest below the 700-metre tall granite monolith known locally as the Chief. This provincial campground is the best place to camp if you're a rock climber, just pitch your tent, throw your gear over your back and a short walk through the woods brings you into the heart of some of the best rock climbing in the world. This campground is first come-first served.

Mamquam River Campground

Squamish's newest campground is rustic but lovely and is situated next to all the conveniences of town and adjacent to the Mamquam River. Please note there is no running water or RV services, think backcountry camping made front country. Although outhouses are cleaned frequently, campers are encouraged to bring their own hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes to clean surfaces before and after use.

Squamish Valley Campground

Just up the Squamish Valley road sits this beautiful campground along the Squamish River. The campground has a real rustic feel but is still relatively close to town. Campers can roam the 195-acre property which includes a private, sandy beach with views of the Tantalus Range! Open for RVs (with no hookup) and tents, outhouses are provided. 

Ocean Camping

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Porteau Cove

There is no greater pleasure than pitching a tent and drifting to sleep to the sounds of waves crashing against the shores. The 56-hectare park offers a ton of exploring through its driftwood beaches, tidal and intertidal marine life, sunken ships, artificial reefs, picnic areas and pebble beaches. The campground includes 44 drive-in and 16 walk-in campsites that are reservable online

Sea to Sky Marine Trail

There are a number of campsites in Howe Sound for paddlers and boaters, including six new recreational sites that have been established. The BC Marine Trails map provides information on each site, as well as information on launch sites, hazards and risks. If you are intending to boat or paddle to a campsite, it's extremely important that you are trained, prepared. and connected. Marine trail users are cautioned that risk can occur at any time at any location, and proper equipment, clothing, rescue gear, preparation and training are recommended to ensure optimal safety.

 

Campsite Availability

Looking to secure a campsite? Check out our handy campsite availability calendar to find available camping sites for your trip dates.

 

Responsible Recreation

Squamish is a beautiful place to camp and we want to make sure that everyone is able to enjoy it while having a safe and responsible adventure. Please follow these guidelines for respectful behaviour so that we can all enjoy our parks for a long time to come. We recommend reading through the BC Parks Guide to Safe Camping here prior to camping in and around Squamish.

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