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Total number of campsites
Total reservable frontcountry sites: 60
Total vehicle-accessible sites: 44
Total double sites: 5
Total walk-in sites: 16
Total rv-accessible sites: 1
Total pull-through sites: 2
Total cabins: 2
Cabins and huts

Porteau Cove Olympic Legacy Cabins

The Olympic Legacy cabins were built by Pioneer Log Homes of Williams Lake, BC and used during the 2010 Winter Olympic Games at Simon Fraser University and the British Columbia Institute of Technology as information kiosks and a showcase of BC Parks.

Each cabin has one bedroom and a loft, a private kitchen and a bathroom. All linens will be supplied. Maximum occupancy for the cabins is four people.

Get more information and make a reservation on the Sea to Sky Parks website.

Vehicle-accessible camping

This park offers 44 vehicle-accessible campsites. Five are double sites and two are pull-through sites. Campsite reservations are accepted during the summer months and first-come, first-serve sites are available in the off-season.

There is extra parking in the day-use lot available for a fee. The closest store is in Britannia Beach, approximately 10 minutes north by car. 

This park is extremely popular during peak-season, from May long weekend to Thanksgiving weekend. Reservations are highly recommended.

Walk-in camping

There are 16 walk-in campsites are available. There is a flat path to the camping area, approximately five minutes from the parking lot. 

Most of these campsites are small, ocean-front sites. Because they are small, the maximum occupancy per site is four people. There is a limit of one tent per site. 

There are no picnic tables at these campsites, only sitting benches. There are communal fire rings. These sites are located adjacent to a popular grassy, marine cove day-use area. Garbage bins are provided. There are no flush toilets located in this campground area, however there are two pit toilets.

Winter camping

Sites 1 to 44 are available during the winter season. Walk-in sites 1 to 6 are also available for winter camping. The washroom/shower buildings are closed during the winter season. Potable water is available at one standpipe outside the campground washroom. The sani-station is open unless temperatures drop below freezing.

Winter vehicle-accessible camping fee: $18 per party per night camping fee plus $8 electrical per night = $26 per party per night

BC senior winter rate: $17.50 per senior party per night plus $8 electrical/night = $25.50 per party per night. 

See the camping fees page for information on senior camping discounts.

Accessibility information

Accessibility information is available for the park, as well as these areas:

Drinking water

Cold water taps are located in both the day-use and campground areas. Park visitors are requested not to wash dishes at the water taps. Taps are shut off during the low season.

Boat launch

There are two paved double-wide boat launches. There is parking available for vehicles and trailers in the day-use area. 

It may not be possible to launch during low tide. It may be difficult to launch during the winter months due to the high volumes of driftwood that accumulate on the boat launches. Boats are prohibited in the dive area. 

There is also one mooring buoy and a float available for moorage in the small cove.

There are two low tide markers near the floating dock which are not mooring buoys and mark very shallow water. Anchoring is prohibited within the park boundary. 


A sani-station/dump is available in this park all year, although, due to freezing, the water may be shut off during low season. It is located just past the gatehouse at the entrance to the campground. There are hose hook-ups for campers and trailers located at the sani-station. There are also sani-stations located in Squamish and Brackendale area.

Electrical hookups

Each site provides 30amp service with one standard RV receptacle (NEMA TT-30) and one 15amp standard household receptacle (NEMA 5). There is an additional electrical service charge of $8/night for these sites (whether the power is in use or not).


Campfires are permitted in designated fire rings only. Beach fires are not permitted. Firewood is available for sale, or park visitors may opt to bring their own. Collection and burning of driftwood is prohibited. Beach wood is an essential component of the inter-tidal zone. Collection and burning of woody debris such as leaves, branches etc. is also prohibited. Trees and woody debris provide critical habitat for wildlife and put important nutrients back into the soil. Winds off the ocean blow campfire smoke into adjacent campsites, so please respect your neighbours and their air quality.

Picnic areas

This park has a day-use/picnic area. There is a beach that is mostly pebbled and rocky with large driftwood. There are several picnic tables located along the ocean front of Howe Sound. There can be quite strong in and out flow winds along the Howe Sound. Garbage bins are provided. There are no covered shelters or change houses in the day-use area. Flush toilets are available. There are no fire pits. Some picnic tables have barbeque attachments. Pets must be on a leash at all times. The gate is locked between the hours of 11pm and 7am.

Pit or flush toilets

There are pit and flush toilets located in the campground, and only flush toilets in the day-use area. During low-season, only pit toilets are available for use in the campground. The day-use area is open year-round and has flush toilets available which are located in the small upper parking located adjacent to Highway 99.


There is a shower building located in the campground that provides hot water and electrical outlets for hair dryers, razors etc.


There is an easy walking trail to a lookout that overlooks Porteau Cove and Howe Sound. There is a slight elevation gain with a series of rock and wooden steps. The walk to the lookout is approximately 300m. 

For your own safety and the preservation of the park, obey posted signs and keep to designated trails. Shortcutting trails destroys plant life and soil structure.


The park has a rock and pebble beach for ocean swimming; sneakers or beach shoes are recommended. A series of man-made reefs and two sunken vessels provide excellent scuba diving opportunities. There are no lifeguards on duty at provincial parks.


Canoeing and kayaking are available in the ocean area. Paddlers should know the ocean currents before setting out. The nearest kayak and canoe rentals are in Squamish.


Outside the park boundary, fish for salmon. It is illegal to fish for cod, rockfish and other finfish in Howe Sound, area 28-4

Harvesting or collection of marine life within the park foreshore boundary is prohibited. Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have an appropriate licence.

Wildlife viewing

A short walking trail leads to a lookout which provides a spectacular view of Howe Sound and Porteau Cove. There are also good views of marine waterfowl and harbour seals, harbour porpoises, river otters, mink, coyotes, and racoons. From spring until fall, orcas, gray whales, and humpback whales may also be seen. Every two years, pink salmon spawn in the estuary in the park.

Pets on leash

Pets/domestic animals must be on a leash at all times and are not allowed in beach areas or park buildings. You are responsible for their behaviour and must dispose of their excrement. Backcountry areas are not suitable for dogs or other pets due to wildlife issues and the potential for problems with bears.


Bicycles must keep to roadways and trails. Bicycle helmets are mandatory in British Columbia.


The strong winds of Howe Sound can create excellent windsurfing opportunities. A popular windsurfing area known as 'the Spit' is in Squamish at the confluence of the Squamish River and Howe Sound.

Scuba diving

A series of man-made reefs and two sunken vessels provide excellent scuba diving opportunities. Depths vary from 6m to 18m (20’ to 60’). Be cautious of changing tides and strong in and outflow winds. Penetration of vessels is not recommended. The diving area is marked by a series of marker buoys. Various fascinating marine life has established itself throughout the dive area. Harvesting or harassment of marine life is prohibited within the park’s marine foreshore. Diving from a boat is prohibited within the park boundary.

There is an outdoor shower available in the day-use area from March 1 to November 12.

There are steps that lead down to the water’s edge that are located in the main parking lot. Please use proper etiquette when changing into and out dive gear in the parking lots, and avoid gear sprawl that inhibits vehicular traffic. Commercial diving such as providing instruction and guiding is prohibited unless authorized by a park use permit.

Winter recreation

Day-use is open with limited facilities. Winter camping is permitted, but services are limited. Only portions of the campground may be vehicle-accessible; access may be restricted due to snow fall.