Porteau Cove Provincial Park is a great campsite just 40 minutes north of downtown Vancouver (it is actually the nearest campsite to Vancouver). Porteau Cove, known to many as a great local scuba diving spot, is a beautiful area offering great views of Howe Sound and full car-camping facilities. Activities available in Porteau Cove include canoeing, swimming, fishing, diving, hiking, and windsurfing. It is also an RV friendly site.
Situated on the most southerly fjord in North America, the park features waterfront campsites with a view over Howe Sound to the mountains beyond. An old ship has been sunk to provide interest for Scuba divers and to attract marine life. There are special facilities for divers. Adjacent train tracks are active and occasional noise disturbance may occur.
The only draw-back to Porteau Cove is the camp sites are really, really small. You’ll be lucky to fit two tents into one lot with any space to spare, and if you want privacy from your neighboring campers, this probably isn’t for you. On the plus side, since there isn’t much privacy, camping here is a great way to meet some new people.
|Campground Hours of Operation|
All dates are subject to change without notice
|Opening and Closing Campground Dates:|
(campground is accessible but may not offer full services such as water, security, etc.)
|Year round (gate is open during off-season)|
|Campground Dates with Full Services and Fees:||Winter fee from November 1 to February 28; reduced services.|
|Campground Reservable Dates:||April 9 – September 6|
|Total Number of Vehicle Accessible Campsites:||44 vehicle accessible sites|
16 park/walk-in sites
|Number of Reservable Campsites, if applicable:|
(all remaining sites are first-come, first-served)
|30 vehicle accessible sites|
12 park/walk-in sites