Metro Vancouver’s Belcarra Park
Bordered by water, Port Moody and the Village of Anmore, Belcarra Regional Park is a highly popular day-use park. At 2700 acres in size, it’s also quite large. Popular activities here include hiking, swimming, boating, fishing and crabbing.
The park is at the edge of Indian Arm, Burrard Inlet and Bedwell Bay. In roughly the middle is Sasamat Lake. All this water makes for some great opportunities for both fishing and boating. The park also offers canoe and kayak rentals for folk wanting to explore by water.
Where is Belcarra Park?
The only access point to the park by car is through Bedwell Bay Road. From there, folk can either take the turn-off for Sasamat Lake or continue deeper into the park to access the Belcarra Bay area.
The park is also accessible by bus. TransLink‘s bus route #150 takes passengers directly to White Pine Beach at Sasamat Lake and routes 181 and 182 connect to the Belcarra Bay picnic area.
(NOTE: Transit schedules are subject to change. Also, bus #150 is a seasonal bus route. During the summer months of June through August the bus runs every day. During the rest of the year, however, it is only in effect on weekends and holidays.)
For a map of the area click Belcarra Regional Park Map.
Hiking in Belcarra Park
Within the park there are around 26 km of hiking trails and 9 km of cycling trails. Some of the most popular trails include Springboard Trail and Sasamat Lake Loop. Hikers can also use the trail system within Belcarra Regional Park to connect with Buntzen Lake which is another popular place.
To get to the ocean, people can hike along one of two trails. Jug Island Trail is an intermediate-level trail that leads to a small beach with views of Indian Arm (which is a fairly large body of water that connects with the ocean via Burrard Inlet). In the opposite direction, folk can also hike the Admiralty Point Trail which follows along the south end of the park and has views of Burrard Inlet.
For more information on hiking in Belcarra Park see the Park’s Trail Brochure.
White Pine Beach at Sasamat Lake
Sasamat Lake is one of the warmest lakes in Metro Vancouver and is therefore popular for swimming and relaxing during the summer months. At White Pine Beach there is a sandy beach, dock/floating bridge, concession stand and a trail that goes all the way around the lake.
To learn more about the popular swimming and sun tanning spot, see our article about White Pine Beach.
Belcarra Park Day-Use Facilities
There are two main picnic areas within Belcarra Park. There is the Belcarra picnic area at the west end of the Park and the White Pine Beach picnic area at Sasamat Lake.
Both picnic areas contain covered picnic benches and barbecue areas for large groups of up to around 50 people. There are also other picnic tables scattered around the area (although they are not under cover). Picnic shelters can be reserved in advance online.
If the area is not already booked, visitors are able to use the shelters on a first-come, first-served basis.
Sasamat Outdoor Centre
The Sasamat Outdoor Centre can be found on the west shore of Sasamat Lake. It’s a registered non-profit organization that offers a variety of outdoor recreation programs for people of all ages. In the summer months the place runs a kids’ day camp. The centre is also reservable for private events.
Tips and Advice
Below are some tips to help you get the most out of your visit to the area.
TIP #1: Both Belcarra Park and Sasamat Lake get very busy during the summer months. Get there early since the gates are shut once the parking lots are full.
TIP #2: Buntzen Lake is also beautiful, and just a 15-minute drive away. Be sure to check it out one day too.
TIP #3: Dogs on leash are welcome at Belcarra Park; however, they are not permitted on White Pine Beach and other beaches around Sasamat Lake.
TIP #4: The park is a popular place for fishing. At Sasamat Lake you need a freshwater licence. In the waters of Indian Arm, Burrard Inlet and Bedwell Bay, however, a tidal/salt-water license is required.
Other articles that might be of interest include the following:
- Sasamat Lake
- Buntzen Lake
- City of Port Moody
- Lower Mainland Parks and Nature
- Vancouver on a Budget
- Outdoor Recreation Activities