Located north of Vancouver between Britannia Beach and Squamish, Murrin Provincial Park is a nice park with hiking trails, rocks to climb and a small lake.
Murrin Park near Squamish
Murrin Provincial Park is a small 25-hectare park just south of Squamish and north of Britannia Beach. It’s a popular place to visit when traveling through the Sea to Sky region between Vancouver and Whistler.
The park is about a 5-minute drive from the Britannia Mine Museum and 7 minutes from Squamish’s Stawamus Chief Provincial Park. It’s right beside the highway, which makes it a convenient place to stop at but means it can be pretty loud near the entrance.
What to do at Murrin Park
The park is popular for rock climbers as well as people just wanting a stretch and short walk in nature. The place features over 250 climbing routes of varying levels of difficulty. Climbers enjoy the variety of different rock faces and climbing angles.
Murrin Provincial Park is also home to a small body of water called Browning Lake. There are spots for picnicking and fishing for rainbow trout scattered around the lake. Dogs are prohibited at both the beach and picnic areas, but can walk on-leash on many of the surrounding trails. There is a small beach area on the side of the lake across the water from the highway. That’s where you’ll find a number of picnic tables.
You can swim in Browning Lake. You can also canoe and kayak there. It’s a tiny lake though, so you’ll likely see more inflatable toys in the summer than actual boats. The lake is stocked with fish. With some luck you might catch something.
For hikers, there is an easy walking trail around the lake. It’s pretty flat all the way around (but not completely level in parts). The trail also connects with a slightly longer 2-kilometre loop that runs up to Quercus Viewpoint overlooking Howe Sound. While the trail around the lake is flat and easy the trail up to the viewpoint is quite steep in parts.
Parking and Accessibility
The parking lot at Murrin Park is also an access point for the Petgill Lake trail. This is a much more difficult trail, running about 11.5 kilometres through the forest up to Petgill Lake.
Camping and overnight parking at the park are prohibited. If you want to camp, nearby places include Alice Lake, Porteau Cove and Stawamus Chief. There is also a nice private campground in Paradise Valley which is about 20 minutes north of Squamish.
The park has pit toilets and some areas are wheelchair accessible (including the picnic area by the lake). This is a popular park, so the parking lot does fill up, especially on sunny days in the summer and weekends in the spring and fall.
Murrin Park Video
To give you an idea of what the park and Browning Lake look like, check out the following video (which was taken in late October). The video features the Browning Lake Trail which takes just a few minutes to walk.
For more details about this small but popular park click Murrin Provincial Park.
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