There are three
major provincial campgrounds located along the Sunshine
Coast. Two of them are on the southern portion of the
Sunshine Coast: Roberts Creek Provincial
Park, has vehicle/tent sites and straddles Hwy 101, about 9
miles (14 km) west of Gibsons.
Porpoise Bay Provincial Park, has vehicle/tent
sites located 2.5 miles (4 km) north of Sechelt
on East Porpoise Bay Rd. (Note: In addition to the vehicle/tent
sites there are also bike-in sites for those who are cycle-touring
the region.) A third, Saltery Bay Provincial
Park, has vehicle/tent sites, including double units, and sits
beside the BC Ferries' Saltery
Bay terminal on Jervis Inlet south of Powell
A camping fee per site per night is charged at all of these parks.
Although Roberts Creek and Porpoise Bay fill up quickly in summer
months, you'll stand a much better chance of squeezing into Saltery
Bay Provincial Park, owing to its more remote location, which requires
an additional ferry ride from Earls
to these three major provincial parks, there's also camping at Smuggler
Cove Marine Provincial Park. Located about 9 miles (15 km) northwest
of Sechelt, this small,
sheltered marine park with walk-in campsites serves as a jumping-off
point for paddlers wishing to explore several offshore islands in
what is arguably the most scenic location on the Sunshine Coast.
Watch for the well-marked approach to the park on the south side
of Hwy 101, between Halfmoon
Bay and Secret Cove.
Follow Brooks Rd 3 miles (5 km) to the parking lot, from where you
can either paddle in or walk a 1-mile (1.6-km) trail to the campsites.
Arm Provincial Park, near Lund on the northern Sunshine Coast,
is another small campground frequented by paddlers. This park is
the choice of those intent on exploring Desolation
Sound. Except in the busiest summer months, you'll probably
have your pick of any of the vehicle/tent sites and adjacent walk-in
sites in the forest beside Okeover Arm, a long neck of water along
the east side of Malaspina Peninsula, 3 miles (5 km) south of Lund.
There's a federal dock and boat ramp here and, unlike in Lund, plenty
of parking, should you be heading out for an extended paddle. The
park lies 3 miles (5 km) east of Hwy 101 on Malaspina Road.
There are more
Forest Service recreation sites concentrated around Powell
River on the northern Sunshine Coast than in almost any
other similar-sized area in British Columbia. This is a testament
not only to the dozens of lakes surrounding the town but also to
the amount of logging that has taken place here for the past 70
years. Where there is logging, there are Forest Service recreation
sites. Much of the forest is still in recovery, particularly at
higher elevations, but where industry first cleared the easiest-to-reach
trees, the second growth is beginning to re-establish itself.
One of the best sites includes Dinner Rock. The entrance
to the site is on the west side of Hwy 101, 2.5 miles (4 km) south
of Lund. Drive slowly as
you approach Lund and watch for the sturdy wooden campground sign
at the entrance to a dirt road that leads 0.5 mile (1 km) downhill
to a dozen beautifully positioned sites. (Note: A gate bars access
to the site October 15-April 15.) With plenty of firewood, freshwater,
and a car top boat launch, this is where you want to be when a full
moon lights up Malaspina Strait and shooting stars strafe the night
roads east of Powell River, you'll find more good camping at Forest
Service sites at Inland Lake, including award-winning cabins
designed for people with disabilities. South of Powell River there's
camping at Lois Lake at the start of the Powell
Forest Canoe Route, at Khartoum Lake, also on the canoe
route, as well as at Nanton Lake and at Dodd Lake,
both located on the Welwood Mainline Forest Road.
campsites along the Sunshine Coast include Katherine Lake Regional
Park, near Garden Bay and
Irvines Landing, and Haywire
Bay Regional Campground, near Powell River. To find Katherine
Lake Regional Park, turn west off Hwy 101, about 3.4 miles (5.5
km) north of Madeira Park. Follow Garden Bay Road about 2.5 miles
(4 km) west of the highway to Katherine Lake, the smallest of four
lakes ringed around Pender Harbour. Haywire Bay Regional Park
is reached by driving east of Marine Avenue (Hwy 101) in downtown
Powell River on Duncan Avenue, north on Manson, and east on Cassiar
to Yukon. Follow Yukon to Haslam. Turn east on Haslam, then north
on Inland Lake Road. Haywire Bay Road branches west of Inland Lake
Road and leads in short order to the campsites.
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