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Porteau Cove
Porteau Cove Provincial Park is located 26 km (16 miles) north of Horseshoe Bay and 20 km (12.5 miles) south of Squamish on the 'Sea-to-Sky' Hwy 99.

Howe Sound
Porteau Cove is located on the east side of North America's most southerly mountain fjord, Howe Sound. The setting is beautiful with westerly views towards the Sunshine Coast against a backdrop of snow-covered mountains along the east.

Park Highlights
The park highlights at Porteau Cove include a large number of waterfront campsites, an ocean walk to a lookout point on a small peninsula jutting out into Howe Sound, ocean beachcombing, windsurfing opportunities, fishing, hiking, relaxing, wildlife watching and one of the Lower Mainland's most popular destination for SCUBA diving.

SCUBA Diving
You'll find the SCUBA diving found at Porteau Cove Provincial Park is very interesting with two sunken vessels, the Granthall, a 28-metre (92-feet) steel-hulled tugboat originally built in Montreal in 1928 for the CPR and the Centennial III, a former crane barge acting as artificial reefs. Along with other protections, Porteau Cove attracts lots of various sea life such as ling cod, octopus, colourful plumose anemones, crabs as well as an assortment of underwater plant life among the artificial reefs.

Campground Facilities
The campground area at Porteau Cove, especially along the waterfront, exhibits beautiful south and west panoramic views, are fairly large and quite private. The facilities are open year-round and include flush toilets, fire-pits, 44-vehicle-accessible sites with electrical hook-ups, 16 walk-in sites, 2 cabins available for rent as a result of the 2010 Olympic Legacy and a sani-station. The entrance to the campground has a guardhouse that controls the campground very efficiently by not letting traffic through unless the campsite has been registered to that vehicle.

Day-Use Area
There is a very nice day-use area at the entrance to the park off of Hwy 99 where there is a pier for an emergency ferry terminal and a number of picnic tables and park benches with views of the diving area and beach. The day-use area has a very large parking lot near the park entrance and features a special washroom for SCUBA divers that has a large change room with some showers available.

Reservations
If you want to stay at Porteau Cove, the only way to be guaranteed a site is getting reservations through Discover Camping. Considered one of the most popular places to stay in the Lower Mainland, the campground fills up fast with 80% reservable and only 20% non-reservable. If you are not fussy and don't mind pit-toilets, some of the 16 walk-in sites are also non-reservable and often have vacancies.

Britannia Beach
Facilities and services that are close to the park include Britannia Beach, 8.5 km (5.3 miles) north on Hwy 99 where there is the Britannia Beach General Store, which has a liquor agency and lottery, the CRS Trading Company, a Native Art Gallery, the BC Museum of Mining and the Galileo Coffee Company, a real favourite in the area, especially for people travelling on Hwy 99.

CN Railway and Hwy 99
Just remember, the SCUBA dive area can be very busy on some weekends as a number of dive schools use Porteau Cove as part of their training locations. Plus the campsites are adjacent to the CN Railway tracks as well as Hwy 99 and, at times, can be a little noisy with vehicle and train traffic throughout the evening but, all in all, Porteau Cove is well worth the visit or to stay the night.

Bear Country
There is also the possibilities of encounters with bears, wolves or cougars at Porteau Cove so please play it safe at all times.

Information on Porteau Cove


 

Porteau Cove Provincial Park
Porteau Cove Provincial Park

 

Porteau Cove Beach
Porteau Cove Beach

 

SCUBA Diving Area
SCUBA Diving Area

 

Porteau Cove Campground
Porteau Cove Campground

 

Day-Use Area
Day-Use Area

 

Waterfront Campground
Waterfront Campground

 
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