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Golden Ears Provincial Park

Golden Ears Provincial Park

At over 62,000 hectares, Golden Ears Provincial Park is one of the largest parks in British Columbia, and one of the most impressive in Metro Vancouver.

The park is located about 10 km north of Maple Ridge and connects with the even larger Garibaldi Provincial Park to the north, which itself stretches up past Whistler.

Beautiful Golden Ears Park

Mountainous Golden Ears Provincial Park is home to three campgrounds: Alouette, Gold Creek (open year-round) and North Beach. From mid-October to April, however, the park is open only from 8 am to 5:30 pm. During the warmer months, the gates are open from 7 am to 11 pm.

People Swimming at Alouette Lake
Alouette Lake

Alouette Lake

In the summer, kayaks and canoes are available for rent most weekends at the Alouette Lake Beach day area, and daily during the heart of the season.

Other popular park activities include hiking, cycling, mountain climbing, fishing, camping and horseback riding. Alouette Lake is also popular for water-skiing and windsurfing, and dogs are permitted in most areas of Golden Ears, on leash, but not at the beaches.

TIP: The day area at Alouette Lake Beach has a huge parking lot, which on hot sunny days in the summer can still fill up due to the venue’s huge popularity. To improve your chances of finding a parking spot on a sunny weekend or statutory holiday, try to arrive before 11 am.

If you arrive later in the afternoon, on an especially busy day you might find the park actually closed to late-comers due to overcapacity. It can be a very popular place!

Gold Creek

A little further up by car from the Alouette Lake day area and campground is Gold Creek. There you will find a second campground, plus a beautiful river area that’s popular for playing in on hot days.

Close to the gravel parking lot is a great 2.7 km trail to Gold Creek’s Lower Falls. The hike is fairly level the whole way and takes about one hour in each direction. Dogs on leash are welcome, but not bikes or horses (both of which have plenty of other trails elsewhere in the park to go along).

Halfway up the trail to the Lower Falls is a beach area by the river, which is a great rest spot and popular place for picnics.

River at Golden Ears Park
Gold Creek at Golden Ears Provincial Park

 

NOTE: Cell phone reception is poor or non-existent in much of Golden Ears Park, including the campgrounds and Alouette Lake day area, which makes for an especially nice escape, unless you need to stay connected.

Golden Ears Park is not far from the much smaller Rolley Lake Provincial Park, which also has a great campground, and Stave Falls, a BC Hydro Powerhouse with an interesting visitors’ centre.

Other Information

Click Golden Ears Park Information Guide for more details on the park, or check out the BC Parks website.

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