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The West Coast Adventure

Rent a Tent Canada MAP west coast tour

Vancouver Island and the Sunshine Coast offer campers a unique and utterly beautiful camping experience. This experience heavily revolves around the ocean, inlets, fjords, islands of all sizes and of course the sheer mountains on the mainland. In summer, the warmest days usually achieve a maximum of 28–33 °C (82.4–91.4 °F). However, the rain shadow effect of the island's mountains, as well as the mountains of Washington's Olympic Peninsula, creates wide variation in precipitation. The west coast is considerably wetter than the east coast. This southeastern portion of the island is the most heavily populated region of Vancouver Island and a major area for recreation. The northern, western, and most of the central portions of the island are home to the coniferous "big trees" associated with British Columbia's coast.

The Sunshine Coast is located in southwest British Columbia, and stretches 180 km (110 mi) along the Salish Sea from Howe Sound to Desolation Sound. Overall, it lies just northwest of Vancouver. Although it is part of BC's mainland, access to the region is by air or by water due to the mountainous terrain. There are no bridges connecting the Sunshine Coast to Vancouver or Vancouver Island regions.The trip is part of the adventure!

The total driving distance for the entire tour is around 1500 KMs. (Driving here and there, shopping, sight-seeing...etc.) Optimal tour time: around 14-21 days

We would be very happy to receive feedback from you!  We hope you enjoy this amazing, West Coast of BC camping tour, as much as we do.


  • Rent a Tent Canada - Vancouver

    Vancouver is a vibrant North American city and often named as one of "the most livable cities in the world". Child friendly parks, fine art, great dining, colourful markets, good shopping and more ...all within the city limits.

    North and West Vancouver have a more adventurous appeal. You only have to cross the Lions Gate Bridge and you immerse yourself in the west coast wilderness. A little more daring than its counterpart, (the Capilano Suspension Bridge), the Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge offers a rustic and jiggling adventure. The wooden plank bridge was built in 1912 and is just wide enough for two people to pass each other. It is located 166 feet over the beautiful clear pools and rivers of Lynn Creek and is situated within a 616 acre rainforest.

    Capilano Suspension Bridge is one of Vancouver’s most popular tourist attractions. The reason is simple, there are so many things to see and do! Just minutes from the bustle of downtown Vancouver. Near Richmond (south of Vancouver) and Delta you’ll find a historic fishing village and a fantastic sanctuary for migratory birds. Buy fresh fish on the dock and tour the historic cannery, a National Heritage Site.

    Ten Things to Do and See in Vancouver   Credit: Tourism Vancouver

    Camping close to Vancouver

    Upon arrival at Vancouver airport, you may decide to stay in a hotel, B&B in Vancouver, or you can drive to a nice campground only 30 km south of Vancouver and the airport. This is the best campground in close vicinity to Vancouver, with good facilities including: a swimming pool and free Wi-Fi access. Even though the campground is not in the forest or directly in the mountains, it is a perfect launching point to see Vancouver, and it saves you on expensive Vancouver hotel prices. The campground is 5 minutes away from the city of Whiterock, a city beautifully located at the ocean with beautiful sandy beaches.

    Website: www.peacearchrvpark.ca

  • Rent a Tent Canada MAP Pacific Rim NP

    Trip Distance: 265 km,  +/-6 hour travel time.

    A ferry crossing and a scenic ride will bring you to BC’s wild-west-coast on Vancouver Island. For Ferry crossing (www.bcferries.com) you can go from Horseshoe Bay (north of Vancouver) or Tsawassen (south of Vancouver) to Departure Bay (Nanaimo). Tofino is usually very busy in the season, so Ucluelet may be a better option to go, especially in the busy summer season.

    Things to do and see

    • Nanaimo Bastion and waterfront
    • Englishman River Falls
    • Little Qualicum Falls
    • Cathedral Grove

    On your way to Ucluelet you’ll pass Cathedral Grove Provincial Park on HW4, a must see! Giant Red Cedars and towering Douglas Firs will humble you. MacMillan Park (Cathedral Grove) is located on central Vancouver Island, 25 km west of Qualicum Beach and 16 km east of Port Alberni on Hwy #4, which runs right through the park.


    At the end of today’s trip you’ll enter the rural town of Ucluelet, lovingly known as ‘Ukee’. An ancient settlement on the northern edge of the Barkley Sound, Ucluelet takes its name from the Nuu-chah-nulth phrase, Yu-clutl-ahts, the "people with a good landing place for canoes".

    Things to do and see

    • Wild Pacific Trail
    • Ucluelet Aquarium
    • Pacific Rim National Park
    • Broken Group Islands
    • Long Beach Trail
    • Black Bear Viewing
    • Whale Watching
    • Cultural Tours
    • Surf Lessons

    The opportunities in this area are almost endless; on the Pacific Ocean, in the rainforest, on a sandy beach or even in the air. Ucluelet Aquarium Website: www.uclueletaquarium.org. Include a visit to Tofino and browse a Native Art gallery, join an aboriginal tour on Mears Island or go whale watching in Clayoquot Sound.

    Nowhere else on earth has the meeting of land and sea created the magnificent beauty of Canada's Pacific Coast. The spectacular Pacific Rim National Park is the only National Park on Vancouver Island, providing protection for substantial rain forests and an amazing marine environment on the west coast of Vancouver Island.

    Campgrounds in Ucluelet & Tofino (see map above)

    1. Surf Junction (between Ucluelet & Tofino)

    Surf Junction is a somewhat more luxurious private campground between Tofino and Ucluelet in a beautiful woodland setting. Campground amenities include hot showers, swimming pool, hot tub, sauna, flush toilets, laundry, ice, fire pits and surf rentals (plus lessons). Due to its proximity to Tofino, you better reserve a spot well in advance (for July/August & weekends).  
    Price indication: $30 to $40 depending on dates.
    Directions: From the junction (Tofino & Ucluelet), take direction Ucluelet and you find the campground after 0.5 km from the junction and on your left.
    Address: 2650 Pacific Rim Hwy, Ucluelet

    Website: www.surfjunction.com

    2. Green Point National Park (between Ucluelet & Tofino)

    A beautiful National Park campground with 94 campsites within the Long Beach Unit of Pacific Rim National Park Reserve. Green Point Campground is open from mid-March to Mid-October. Maximum stay is 7 nights. There are no showers and there is no electricity. There is an indoor theatre where they offer fun and interesting outdoor/nature presentations for the whole family (presented by Parks Canada). During the high season, the campground fills up every night. All sites are situated on a forested terrace with trail access to Long Beach..  
    Price indication: $23.50 to $32.50 per night.
    Directions: The campground is located 12 km north of the Ucluelet-Tofino junction on Hwy.4, midway between Ucluelet and Tofino.

    Website: Green Point Campground

    3. Ucluelet Campground

    A nice private camping with good reviews, conveniently located close to the town (Ucluelet) with 125 campsites. Amenities include flush toilets & showers. 
    Price indication: $30 to $48 depending on dates / hook-ups.
    Directions: Upon entering Ucluelet you will see a carved "Welcome to Ucluelet" sign with a carved eagle on top. Turn left immediately after the sign onto Seaplane Base Rd. They are on the immediate right.
    Address: 260 Seaplane Base Rd, Ucluelet B.C Vancouver Island, Canada

    Website: www.uclueletcampground.com

    4. Bella Pacifica (Tofino)

    Bella Pacifica is a beautifully located private campground with a sandy oceanfront, located just 3 km south of Tofino. Campground amenities include hot showers, toilets, laundry, ice and fire pits. Due to its proximity to Tofino, you need to reserve a spot in the busy season and generally in the weekends.  
    Price indication: $32 to $52 depending on dates and view!
    Directions: Bella Pacifica is on the left approximately 3 km before the village of Tofino, at the end of Mackenzie Beach road - keep your eyes open for our highway signage.
    Address: 400 Mackenzie Beach Rd, Tofino, BC V0R 2Z0

    Website: http://www.bellapacifica.com/

    5. Crystal Cove (RV Park + Cabins + Glamping, Tofino)

    Luxurious and higher priced RV park (only for RVs, so no tenting here). However this RV Park has also 34 beautiful log cabins for rent. All sites are serviced with 30 amp power, water and sewer. There is a playground and showers.  
    Price indication: $55 to $400 depending on dates.
    Address: 1165 Cedarwood Place,Tofino, BC, Canada

    Website: http://www.crystalcove.ca/

  • Rent a Tent Canada MAP Vancouver-Ucluelette-Sooke

    Ucluelet/Tofino to Sooke Trip Distance: 325 km,  +/-6 hour travel time.
    (Vancouver to Sooke Trip Distance: 140 km,  +/-3 hour travel time.)


    On your way to Sooke you’ll pass by BC’s capital; Victoria: still a city with a colonial feel and atmosphere.

    Things to do and see in Victoria


    Sooke is the southern-most gateway to Canada's authentic west coast, located 60 minutes from Victoria's Inner Harbour. The great outdoors is the focus here for those eager to refresh themselves in raw nature.

    Things to do and see in Sooke

    • French Beach Provincial Park
    • Sooke Potholes Provincial Park
    • East Sooke Regional Park
    • Whiffin Spit
    • Juan de Fuca Trail
    • AdrenaLINE Zipline (one of the best in Canada!)
    • Lots of amazing hiking in the area!

    Sooke Potholes Regional Park is a swimmers paradise located on the banks of the spectacular Sooke River. Enjoy the views, explore the trails or take a refreshing dip on a hot summer day!

    Juan de Fuca Provincial Park on the west coast of southern Vancouver Island offers scenic beauty, spectacular hiking, marine and wildlife viewing and roaring surf in its course along the Pacific coastline of the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

    Campgrounds around Sooke

    1. Spring Salmon Place Campground

    Spring Salmon Place Campground is a very nice natural campground surrounded by Douglas Fir trees where you wake up with the soothing sounds of rushing water. The campground contains over 60 campsites, just off the Galloping Goose Regional Trail. The campground is located at the north end of Sooke Potholes Regional Park. Recreation, nature, and family fun are just a step away. The Spring Salmon Place Campground, previously known as the Sooke Potholes Campground, is owned by the Capital Regional District and operated by the T’Sou-ke Nation. The campground operates seasonally each summer on a first-come, first-served basis. No online or phone reservations. The campground opens May long weekend. The autumn 2016 closure date has not yet been determined.

    Directions: Follow the Trans-Canada Highway from Victoria, and take the Millstream Road exit (Exit 14) to Sooke. Follow Veterans Memorial Parkway and turn right on Sooke Road. Turn right on Sooke River Road and follow the signs.

    About the Potholes:The Sooke Potholes are one of the most recognized features of the Southern Vancouver Island landscape. Famous as a spectacular swimming spot, many residents of the Capital Region have fond memories of their visits to the Potholes. Each summer tens of thousands of people flock to the park to bask in the sun, take a dip in the refreshing waters and explore the many surrounding trails. The Potholes were formed during the last ice age, about 15,000 years ago. As the moving, melting ice packs stripped the surface, violent torrents of melt water, pressurized beneath hundreds of metres of ice, carved a path deep into the natural bedrock. Huge boulders carried by the glacial action became lodged and were swirled against the canyon walls, consequently carving out the potholes that can be seen today.

    2. China Beach Provincial Park (35 km west of Sooke)

    The fine sand beach is ideal for picnicking, sandcastle building, wading and relaxing. Look for the magnificent grey whale offshore as it travels along its migratory route. As many as 17,000 of these mammoth creatures travel down the coast throughout the migration period!
    The China Beach Campground is located in a forested area with open understory just east of the China Beach day-use area and Juan de Fuca East trailhead. There are 75 drive-in campsites available at this campground. It is a campground with basic facilities only: there are no showers facilities and no sani-station/dump facilities at this park. Pit toilets and water taps are located throughout the campground.
    Price indication: $20.00 per night.
    Directions: Directions: China Beach is located on the west coast of southern Vancouver Island and part of the Juan de Fuca Provincial Park. The park is accessed by vehicle at various points along West Coast Highway 14 between Jordan River and Port Renfrew. The China Beach campground is adjacent to Highway 14 just east of the China Beach day-use, 35 km west of Sooke and 36 km east of Port Renfrew.

    Website: China Beach Campground (reservations by DiscoverCamping.ca)

    3. French Beach Provincial Park (20 km West of Sooke)

    French Beach Provincial Park: A great place to sit and watch the sun go down, enjoy nature at is purest and to spot whales, bald eagles, otters, ospreys and a variety of seabirds. Situated on the scenic Strait of Juan de Fuca on the west coast of southern Vancouver Island. French Beach Provincial Park offers much more than just beautiful hiking trails through lush forests. A wide swath of green lawn fronts the sand, and pebble beach where visitors can relax and enjoy a picnic or take a cool dip in the ocean. The 1,600-meter beach at this park is an ideal location for exploring and whale watching. The magnificent Gray whales pass by this park in the spring as they migrate to northern feeding grounds, and return again in the fall.

    French beach has a wonderful provincial park campground. Campground facilities include a picnic/day-use area, a sani-station and fresh water. There are 69 campsites, of which many are first-come-first-serve. Note that there are no shower facilities at this park and only pit toilets (no flush). There is a small store adjacent to the park.
    Price indication: $26.00 per night.
    Directions: Located on the west coast of southern Vancouver Island. The park can be accessed via Highway 14, 20 km west of Sooke. Directional signs are posted along the Highway.

    Website: French Beach Campground (reservations by DiscoverCamping.ca)

  • Rent a Tent Canada MAP Vancouver-Ucluelette-Sooke to Campbell River

    Sooke to Campbell River Trip Distance: 275 km,  +/-3 hour travel time.
    (Ucluelet/Tofino to Campbell River Trip Distance: 245 km,  3 hour travel time.)

    Near Parksville you can choose between the faster route on Inland Highway HW19 or the more scenic route that the (Old) Island Highway (HW19A) offers.

    Things to do and see on your way:

    A ride back to the east coast of Vancouver Island and to the ‘salmon capital’ of BC. Horne Lake Caves -one of the best cave resources of Vancouver Island, home to more than 1,000 caves. At Horne Lake Caves Provincial Park you can experience the magic of the underground world in the many caves protected within this unique park.

    Campbell River

    The young and vibrant community of Campbell River on the east coast of central Vancouver Island is beautifully set between Strathcona Park to the west and the Discovery Islands to the east, a metropolitan town located on the frontier of a BC wilderness, inhabited by few people but many animals. Long known as the Salmon Capital of the World, Campbell River is an amazing destination, in more ways than one.

    Things to do and see in Campbell River

    Hollywood has discovered Campbell River's scenic locations for film making - The Scarlett Letter and Eaters of the Dead (released as 13th Warrior) were filmed here. You don't actually have to dive in order to enjoy an unusual underwater experience on the Campbell River. Snorkeling here from July to October provides an opportunity to watch from the surface as salmon, some as large as 50 pounds (28kg) school in the estuary in advance of spawning.

    Strathcona Provincial Park, designated in 1911, is the oldest provincial park in British Columbia. Located almost in the centre of Vancouver Island, Strathcona park is a rugged mountain wilderness comprising more than 250,000 hectares. Mountain peaks, some perpetually mantled with snow, dominate the park.

    Campgrounds around Campbell River & Strathcona Provincial Park

    1. Strathcona Provincial Park- Buttle Lake campground and Ralph River campground

    Strathcona Provincial Park is open all year round, providing (car) camping facilities at Buttle Lake and Ralph River. Both campgrounds are great for swimming. Both campgrounds are with basic facilities (no showers, however Buttle Lake Campground offers in addition an adventure playground. Picnic grounds are located at several sites on and near Buttle Lake and a boat launch ramp is located on the eastern shore of the lake, opposite the campground.
    Price indication: $20.00 per night.
    Directions: Strathcona Provincial Park can be approached by several different sides; however, its headquarters and campgrounds are reached via Highway 28, about 28 miles west of Campbell River and Highway 19. The Ralph River Campground requires a 15.5 mile drive south from Highway 28 along the east shore of Buttle Lake; you'll find the well-marked turnoff from Highway 28 on the east side of the bridge that spans Buttle Narrows, where Buttle Lake merges with Upper Campbell Lake. An old-growth Douglas fir forest shelters the peaceful setting of the campsites at Ralph River. Buttle Lake Campground is farther west, and just a short distance south of Highway 28 at the junction of Upper Campbell.

    Website: Buttle Lake + Ralph River Campgrounds (reservations by DiscoverCamping.ca)

    2. Elk Falls Provincial Park

    Elk Falls Provincial Park is a very beautiful and popular provincial park with 122 campsites surrounded by trees and along the Quinsam River. Note that this campground has only pit toilets and no showers. Parks Canada explains as follows its popularity: a thundering waterfall and some of the finest year-round salmon fishing in Canada are just two of the reasons Elk Falls is one of the most popular provincial parks on Vancouver Island. Add to that the extensive network of forest trails, the nearby Quinsam salmon hatchery and, in the fall, the sight of spawning salmon in the Quinsam and Campbell Rivers, and it’s easy to see why this provincial park is considered one of the best campground accommodations in the “Salmon Capital of the World”. The campground has an adventure playground and a sports field at the campground at this park.
    Price indication: $20.00 per night.
    Directions:10 minutes from Campbell River on Highway 28.

    Website: Elk Falls Campground (reservations by DiscoverCamping.ca)

    3. Parkside Campground & RV (Campbell River)

    Friendly private campground close to Campbell River (8 km) and surrounded by beautiful trees (Hemlock, Cedar, Douglas & Balsam). Campground offers hot showers, clean flush toilet & coin laundromat. Each year hummingbirds return in greater numbers to enjoy the feeders hanging outside the windows of the campground office. McIvor Lake swimming area is located nearby (3.5 km) & Elk Falls only (2 km).
    Price indication: $25.00 per night.
    Directions: From Nanaimo and Victoria, BC, Canada: – Take Highway #19 (new inland route)north from Nanaimo (2 hrs) or Victoria (3.5 hrs) to Campbell River. Follow highway signs for Gold River.
    Or, Take Highway 19A (coastal scenic route) and follow highway signs for Gold River. At the intersection of Highway 19 and 19A Highway 19A becomes Highway 28.

    Website: Parkside Campground & RV Park

  • Rent a Tent Canada MAP Cambell River to Telegragh Cove

    Campbell River to Telegraph Cove Trip Distance: 200 km,  +/-3 hour travel time.

    Enjoy the drive into the remoteness of northern Vancouver Island.

    Telegraph Cove

    The historic community of Telegraph Cove was established between 1911-1912 during the building of the telegraph line from Campbell River and is one of the last boardwalk communities remaining in British Columbia. Fringed by lush rainforest, which is typical of this region, Telegraph Cove on Northern Vancouver Island creates a feeling of being completely removed from the stress of everyday life. You do not have to venture far to experience the beauty of this quaint hamlet, which is surrounded by an array of wildlife including eagles, black bears, and whales.

    Things to do and see in Telegraph Cove

    Cape Scott Provincial Park is a wilderness area, preserving a truly magnificent area of coastal British Columbia. Visitors to the 21 849-hectare park can expect to find little development except trails. The park is characterized by 40 miles (64 km) of scenic and rugged ocean frontage from Nissen Bay in the north to San Josef Bay in the south. Rocky promontories and jagged headlands are scattered along the remote and wide sandy beaches. Nels Bight is the most impressive of the 9 beaches in the park, at 2,400 metres long and over 200 metres wide!

    The present countenance of the Alert Bay (Cormorant Island) community reflects much of its past history. Visitors to the area will be fascinated by the mixing and contrasting of the cultures. The native art forms are represented by their carving, paintings weaving and metal crafting. Artifacts and events of the past can be viewed in the community's U'mista Cultural Centre and the Library-Museum.

    Campgrounds around Telegraph Cove

    1. Alderbay Resort (Port McNeill near Telegraph Cove)

    Private campground with 90 campsites, beautifully located on the north shore of Vancouver Island. Open campground setting, with hot showers, flush toilet & laundromat. This is a great location to enjoy spectacular sunsets and to spot bald eagles and whales.
    Price indication: $27.50 per night.
    Directions: Turn off Highway 19 onto Beaver Cove Road. The entrance to Alder Bay Resort is on the left, 6 km down Beaver Cove Road.

    Website: Alder Bay Resort

    2. Broughton Strait Campground (Port McNeill near Telegraph Cove)

    Private small campground with about 20 campsites plus a group tent site. Campground location is quiet and peaceful set in the midst of a grove of evergreens. Campground amenities include a playground, (free) showers, flush toilets and free Wi-Fi.
    Price indication: $25.00 per night.
    Directions: Follow Campbell Road into Town of Port McNeill. Turn Left On Broughton Blvd. Follow 550 SW Main to campground.

    Call: +1 250 956-3224

    3. Telegraph Cove Resort Campground

    Telegraph Cove Resort Campground is a large campground with 120 serviced sites, nestled in a stand of old-growth trees. There are treed and field sites available. There are two small creeks running along either side of the campground. Amenities include washrooms, showers, laundromat, firewood and a sani-dump.
    Price indication: $32.00 per night.
    Directions: The Telegraph Cove Resort campground is located one-half kilometre from the Resort Office, a ten-minute stroll up the hill.

    Website: Telegraph Cove Resort

  • Rent a Tent Canada MAP Telegraph cove to powel river

    Campbell River to Telegraph Cove Trip Distance: 315 km,  +/-6 hour travel time.

    A ferry crossing from Comox to Powell River and a scenic drive will bring you to BC’s Sunshine coast on the mainland. For ferry crossing info: www.bcferries.com.

    Powell River

    Where endless green mountains meet sheltered Pacific Ocean waters, Powell River provides a stimulating blend of outdoor adventure and cultural amenities. Powell River offers outdoor lovers countless opportunities for kayaking, hiking, mountain biking and scuba diving.


    The picturesque fishing village of Lund, BC, is located on the west coast of Canada, 120km north of Vancouver, on the Sunshine Coast. Lund is located at “Mile 0” of Highway 101, one of the world’s longest highways. The other end, a mere 15,202km away, is in the South American town of Quellon, Porto Monte, Chile. Desolation Sound possesses a magical magnetism that draws paddlers from distant shores.

    For years the Coast Salish People enjoyed the area for its plentiful berries and shellfish. Lund was established in 1889 by two brothers, Charles and Fred Thulin, from Sweden. Since then it has become a thriving fishing village offering an abundance of fish, crabs, clams, and oysters. Nowadays the population swells in the warmth of the summer to enjoy Lund’s charm and to access Desolation Sound Provincial Marine Park, the Copeland Islands, Okeover Inlet, and tropical ‘sandy’ Savary Island.

    Captain George Vancouver records in his journal for June 1792 that he sailed past an island lying in an east-west direction, ‘having beauty such as we have seldom enjoyed’, which he named Savary's Island. The island was occupied at that time by the Coast Salish People who, influenced by the shape of the island, called it Ayhus, meaning double-headed serpent.

    Rent a Tent Canada Footprint Nature Explorations

    Things to do and see in the area:

    Campgrounds around Lund and Powell River

    1. Sunlund-by-the Sea Campground (Lund)

    A very beautiful quiet family friendly campground with around 45 sites. The campground is hidden in a small valley, surrounded by alder, cedar and cherry trees, blackberry, salmonberry and salal bushes, with two small creeks bordering many of the campsites. All sites are grassy and include a drinking water tap, sewer/waste-water drain, and domestic/RV electrical outlet. Other amenities include free Wi-Fi, clean washrooms, showers, laundry room and dish washing stations. Campground includes 2 rental cabins.
    Price indication: Starting at $32.00 per night.
    Directions: From the Powell River's Westview Ferry terminal turn left at the traffic lights. Follow Highway 101 to Lund (30mins). As you enter Lund, turn left onto Larson Road, turn right onto Murray Road. SunLund is on the immediate right. 1496 Murray Road, Lund, BC

    Website: www.sunlund.ca

    2. Okeover Arm Provincial Park (Closest to Lund)

    First come first serve provincial park campground with 18 sites, on the doorstep of Desolation Sound Marine Park and on the east side of the Malaspina Peninsula. Basic amenities: pit toilets, no showers. This is a great place to enjoy canoeing and kayaking, searching out the varied marine life and walking through the lightly-forested upland.
    Price indication: $18.00 per night.
    Directions: At northern terminus of Hwy #101, 19 km north of Powell River. Lund is the closest community to the Park, located approximately 9 km west by road.

    Website: Okeover Arm Provincial Park

    3. Willingdon Beach Campground

    Family friendly private campground along the shoreline and only 5 minutes away from the BC ferries (to Comox). Beautiful setting with grassy tenting areas, a children’s playground, Laundry facilities, flush toilets and coin- operated showers.
    Price indication: $20.00 to $34.00 depending on location and services, per night.
    Directions: Along the Sunshine coast Highway, south-side of Powell River. 4845 Marine Ave, Powell River, BC, V8A 1V4 Tel. +1 604-485-2242

    Website: www.willingdonbeach.ca

  • Rent a Tent Canada MAP Powell river to Sechelt

    Trip Distance: 130 km,  +/-3 hour travel time.

    A ferry crossing from Saltery Bay to Earls Cove and a scenic drive will bring you to Sechelt. For ferry crossing info: www.bcferries.com.

    Skookum Chuck Narrows Provincial Park

    Skookumchuck Narrows Provincial Park provides trails and viewing areas for visitors who wish to experience the awesome power of incredibly turbulent tidal rapids. On a 3 meter tide, 200 billion gallons of water flow through the narrows connecting Sechelt and Jervis Inlet. The difference in water levels between one side of the rapids and the other sometimes exceeds 2 metres in height. Current speeds can exceed 30km/hr. The rapids are famous for their spectacular whirlpools and whitewater, watch for kayakers playing in the standing waves! Tidal chart: www.waterlevels.gc.ca

    Smuggler Cove Provincial Park

    Smuggler Cove is a small, picturesque ‘all-weather’ park on the south side of Sechelt Peninsula near Secret Cove. To access this park by land, visitors can hike 4 km from a parking lot off Hwy 101. This park provides hiking, swimming, kayaking and picnicking. Look out for beavers at work!


    Located on the Sunshine Coast north of Vancouver, Sechelt is as laid back as it is scenic, full of quirky artists and surrounded by green coastal mountains.Nestled on a strip of land between Howe Sound and the Strait of Georgia, this largest municipality on the Sunshine Coast attracts visitors with its blissful mix of water and land activities, suitable for all ages and ability levels.

    Campgrounds around Sechelt

    1. Porpoise Bay Provincial Park

    Porpoise Bay Provincial Park is a family friendly campground with 84 campsites, of which a few are first come-first serve. This park is characterized by second-growth forest, open grassy areas and sandy beaches. The park makes an excellent base camp for paddlers exploring the Sechelt Inlet. Campground amenities include a children’s playground, showers and flush toilets.
    Price indication: $29.00 per night.
    Directions: Located at the southern end of Sechelt Inlet, Porpoise Bay Provincial Park is 4 km north of Sechelt off of Hwy 101. Vehicle access is via Sechelt Inlet Road northeast of Sechelt.

    Website: Porpoise Bay Provincial Park (reservations by DiscoverCamping.ca)

    2. Roberts Creek Provincial Park

    This small provincial park campground is located in forest of large cedars, Douglas fir and Hemlock trees and along the cobblestone ocean beach. Campground consists of 21 first-come-first-serve campsites with basic amenities, pit-toilets and no showers. The beach at the picnic area is a good viewing area for watching whales and seals.
    Price indication: $20.00 per night.
    Directions: At northern terminus of Hwy #101, 19 km north of Powell River. Lund is the closest community to the Park, located approximately 9 km west by road.

    Website: Roberts Creek Provincial Park

  • Rent a Tent Canada MAP Vancouver-Squamish-Whistler-Sechelt

    Sechelt to Squamish Trip Distance: 95 km,  +/-3 hour travel time.
    (Whistler to Vancouver Trip Distance: 130 km,  2 hour travel time.)

    A ferry crossing from Langdale to Horseshoe Bay and a quick drive will bring you to Squamish and beyond. For ferry crossing info: www.bcferries.com.

    You finalize the loop back to Vancouver via Whistler and Garibaldi Provincial Park.

    Garibaldi Park, named after its towering 2,678 metre peak, Mount Garibaldi, was designated as a provincial park in 1927. In honour of the 19th century Italian patriot, Giuseppe Garibaldi, the park is known for its natural beauty and its endless hiking opportunities. Garibaldi park’s rich geological history, diverse vegetation, snow-capped mountain, iridescent waters, abundant wildlife and scenic vistas all contribute to the immense beauty. The park is located in the heart of the Coast Mountains just 70 km north of Vancouver. Offering over 90 km of established hiking trails, Garibaldi park is a favourite year round destination for outdoor enthusiasts.

    Things to do and see in the "Sea to Sky Corridor"

    Campgrounds close to Whistler

    Nairn Falls Provincial Park

    This park provides a good base camp for exploring Whistler, the Pemberton Valley or nearby Garibaldi Provincial Park with the 60 m high falls (a 1.5 km hiking trail will take you to the viewpoint). Nairn Falls Provincial Park is a typical natural-but-basic (no showers and with pit-toilets) campground with 94 campsites of which 40 are first –come-first serve.
    Price indication: 18 CAD/night /campsite.
    Reservations: www.discovercamping.ca
    Website: http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/explore/parkpgs/nairn_falls/
    Directions: Along highway 99, located 32 km north of Whistler and 5 minutes from Pemberton town centre.

    Whistler RV Park & Campground

    Large private campground with 143 sites located only 18 km south of Whistler Village. The campground includes include clean flush toilets and warm showers. This campground is a good choice if you plan to visit Whistler. Note that in the summer it can get busy here as Whistler is a popular town to visit.
    Price indication: 29 CAD/night for tents and 43 CAD for R.V./camper.
    Website: http://www.whistlerrvpark.com/
    Directions: Whistler RV Park and Campground is approximately 100km north of Vancouver and 40km north of Squamish. Coming from direction Vancouver, on highway (Hwy 99), turn left onto Brew Main Road, 1km north of Brandywine Falls Park. At the left hand turning lane, you will see a white sign at the entrance of the road.

    Campgrounds close to Squamish - Outdoor capital of Canada!

    Squamish is the perfect location to enjoy all the gems that Greater Vancouver have to offer. It is an easy drive to downtown Vancouver, to the beautiful Whistler, and to the coast islands.

    Alice Lake Provincial Park

    A very popular campground along Alice Lake with 108 campsite of which 62 can be reserved (www.discovercamping.ca). The campground has showers facilities. It is strongly recommended that you make a reservation well in advance to stay at this park during the months of July, August and September. The park is usually full even on weekdays with little turnover of campsites in the morning.
    Alice Lake is surrounded by towering mountains, dense forests and grassy areas. There are four fresh water lakes that dominate the landscape and make swimming and fishing very enjoyable pastimes. The trail around Alice Lake is a popular one for an evening stroll and for the more adventurous there is the Four Lakes Trail. There are excellent views of the Squamish River and the Tantalus Range from the DeBeck's Hill Trail.
    Price indication: 35 CAD/night for tents and 43 CAD for R.V./camper.
    Website: http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/explore/parkpgs/alice_lk/
    Directions: Situated off Highway 99, approximately 13 km north of Squamish.

    Paradise Valley Campground

    This private campground with super friendly management situated in the most beautiful setting with swimming water at walking distance, the best mountains for great hiking and the coast line for a nice stroll.
    Price indication: 29 CAD/night for tents and 43 CAD for R.V./camper.
    Website: http://www.paradisevalleycampground.net/
    Directions: Situated off Highway 99, approximately 14 km north of Squamish.Coming from direction Vancouver, on highway (Hwy 99), turn left onto Brew Main Road, 1km north of Brandywine Falls Park. At the left hand turning lane, you will see a white sign at the entrance of the road. Address: 3520 Paradise Valley Road, Box 404 Garibaldi Highlands Squamish, BC.

    Eagle Vista Campground

    A very nice private campground with super beautiful toilets and showers facilities. Camping is surrounded by mountains and rivers, trails and rock-climbing. Free Wi-Fi.
    Price indication: 38 CAD/night for a campsite
    Website: http://www.eaglevistarv.com
    Directions: From Vancouver: Highway 99, turn Right at Finch Drive, turn left onto Logger's Lane, and turn right at Centennial Way. From Whistler: Highway 99, turn left at Finch Drive, turn left onto Logger's Lane, and turn right at Centennial Way.