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Porteau Cove Provincial Park

Porteau Cove

Porteau Cove is a provincial park and campground located on the Sea to Sky Highway just south of Britannia Mines and Squamish, so less than an hour’s drive from downtown Vancouver in good traffic.

Sea to Sky’s Porteau Cove

The campground is amazing not so much for its rocky beach, but for its world-class views. From Porteau Cove the waters of Howe Sound, the rising mountains and the striking islands are truly spectacular.

Porteau Cove Sunset in March
March sunset at Porteau Cove

The campground is open year-round, but with full service and full fees from March to mid-November. It is dog (on a leash) friendly, and close to good hiking trails. The park is also an exceptional place for scuba diving, especially as there are two vessels in the area for exploring. Fishing of any kind within the park, however, is not allowed (although there are salmon and cod for catching outside the park boundary if you have a boat).




Porteau Cove
Porteau Cove Camp Site

The main drawback to the campground (and it’s not a minor one) is that it is close to the highway, and the railroad tracks.  We’re told that the trains no longer go through there at night, but it hasn’t been confirmed. What will make the possible noise worth putting up with is if you can get one of the camp sites right on the water. (Click Porteau Cove Campground for a map of the campground).

In addition to camp sites, Porteau Cove has a couple of wonderful and very comfortable cabins for rent too, each with a bedroom, loft, kitchen and bathroom. Linens are supplied and the maximum occupancy per cabins is four people. The cost is about $200 from mid-May to mid-October, and $140-ish at other times. Click Sea to Sky Accommodations for details about the cabins.

See Porteau Cove Info for a park map and brochure.

TIP #1:  As mentioned above, the two drawbacks about Porteau Cove for camping are the train tracks and proximity to the highway – so it might be good to take earplugs. Also, book a campsite on the water, both for the million dollar views and the fact that they are slightly further away from the tracks.

Porteau Cove
Porteau Cove camp site with RV