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Camping in Squamish

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With summer just around the corner we thought we’d let you in on some the best camping spots in Squamish, along with some tips on what to bring. Everyone knows Squamish is Canada’s outdoor recreation capital, and what better way to get outside than going camping!

Be Prepared

The most important thing when going camping is to be prepared. That means having all the equipment you may need, along with any food and a plan of where you’re going. What to bring:

  • Tent
  • Sleeping bag
  • Warm clothes + waterproofs
  • Water
  • Stove + cool box (optional, but will make a huge difference!)
  • Food
  • Torch

One thing to be aware of when camping near Squamish is the possibility of bears. Our furry friends may look cute, but they can smell your food and will stop at nothing to get it! Be bear aware and remove all food from vehicles and store in a bear box or roped up in a tree overnight.

Where to go

There are so many good camping spots near Squamish that it’s hard to choose our favourites. It completely depends on what you want to do and how far removed you want to be. For the active adventurer, many climbers choose to camp at the base of the Stawamus Chief or at Klahanie Campground, but if you’re after more than climbing we suggest Paradise Campground. Here you will find natural beauty along with amenities and tons of activities! For the most comprehensive and diverse choice of camping experience, Squamish Valley Campground offers 250 acres of land with a mix between ‘rustic’, un-serviced land and maintained campground. It also has an RV park. The grounds are located by a river with a sandy beach, making it perfect to relax on those hot summer days. Just north of Squamish is Alice Lake Provincial Park, here you will find a fully serviced campground located in a forest by a lake. This campground is wonderful for children and is even an adventure for adults!

A real adventure

For those wanting to really get away from it all, why not take one of the incredible hikes located near Squamish, such as Elfin or Garibaldi Lake. But remember to be fully prepared and inform people of your plans and destination. For more information on backcountry camping check out the BC parks site HERE.