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Old 11-03-2015, 12:02 PM   #1
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Where to camp around Vancouver, BC?

Our snowed-out Yosemite trip is turning into a Canada trip. Any recommendations for favorite place to camp near Vancouver, BC? We prefer woodsy parks to parking lots. Electricity is nice
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Porteau Cove is one of the Provincial parks that is still open. I always liked Alice Lake, but it has closed for the season AFAIK.

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I've never stayed at Capilano, but I go past it all the time. Centrally located. Parking lot-ish. Very convenient to Vancouver.

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Capilano isn't very nice. And is under Lions Gate bridge, so the noise can get to be a bit much. It's the closest you'll get to being in Vancouver. I suppose it all depends on how close to Vancouver one wants to be. There's Burnaby Cariboo RV which is close to a skytrain station, which makes getting in to the City very easy.
There's Dogwood Campgrounds in Surrey, about 30km East of the City centre.
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Capilano isn't very nice. And is under Lions Gate bridge, so the noise can get to be a bit much.
I don't need be that close

Thanks, I'll check out those parks, see if any of these seem about our speed.
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Are you near a AAA office? It might be worth picking up the British Columbia camping guide from them.
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Another stroke against Capilano is that they don't allow dogs.
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Porteau Cove is great. Really great if you like trains. And if you are into climbing vertical rock faces, you just have to go a bit towards Squamish. Jim


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Thanks, The pups are staying home this trip, so no dogs isn't a deal breaker. Maybe a couple nights at Capilano just to get the city experience, then out to somewhere more relaxing
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I've only looked at parks with close proximity to downtown since we both have offices there.

Burnaby Cariboo RV has a nice park for walks/biking, and 10min walk to the skytrain. Nothing else really around it but easy access to the highway. Has indoor heated pool, game room and I think an exercise room. Next to train tracks, so try to get a spot towards the south side.

Peace Arch RV Park is near White Rock, a bus stop for getting downtown, spacious sites, trees, and they are in process of putting up the xmas lights which are supposed to be quite extensive. Cell data isn't great but works enough for me to work (we have a cell booster). Wifi not great, and limited to 512mb/day. Quiet and relaxing. Try to get a spot further from the freeway/roads.

Capilano is best if you want easy access to downtown, restaurants, beach, etc. Nice walkway to get to the beach with a park. It is a parking lot.

We're currently located at Peace Arch, about to try out Capilano, have only driven through it and around the area. We like Peace Arch, but need some variety.
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Our favourite when travelling through the area is Derby Reach in Langly. No amenities but all sites back onto the Fraser River. Very peaceful.


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That looks like our kind of place, thanks
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Depends on what you want to do in Vancouver. To see the city, Capilano is the closest. We checked it out when in Van for three weeks this Summer and thought it would be an option for the future.
Burnaby would suit your trailer size but try to get a perimeter site to the South as already mentioned. It is very tight. I measure the site width at around 16'. We had a problem getting in with our 30 and the awning was jammed against the hedge. Expensive for short stay at $63 a night. Working in US $ will help you. Hope this helps
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We have stayed in most of the places suggested so far so I will add my 2 cents worth.

Porteau Cove is great for a day or two but it is kind of out in the middle of nowhere. They do have electric hook ups in some sites which is quite rare in BC Provincial Parks. As has been noted it is on the railway tracks.

Derby Reach is great but doubt it would be open during your intended timeframe.

Peace Arch RV park is right on the freeway so lots of noise. If I was to stay down that way I would prefer Hazelmere RV Park which is well off the road. Hazelmere is quite treed for a private camp ground and very convenient to the border. If you opted for this option I would then just go to the park and ride parking lot (close to the Peace Arch RV park) and take transit into Vancouver. Border RV Park is also down that way, but it is pretty much an RV parking lot while being "sanitized".

Capilano RV would be a bit noisy for my taste.

Hope you enjoy your trip!
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I really appreciate all the suggestions, and it looks like we'll be using them this spring, because we cannot get our passports together fast enough to use for this trip! Haven't been across the border for a few years - Driver's Licenses were sufficient last time. Oh well But still, great info, thanks so much to all of you!
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