Have you been feeling the call of the wild? Are you itching for a morning surrounded by nature, where the birds are chirping and the hustle & bustle of the city feel far away? Yeah, us too. But we’ve got a solution, and it comes in the form of some of the best camping spots that aren’t too far from Vancouver. So, we’ve teamed up with Mark’s to get you geared up for these six awesome places to camp this summer and fall.

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So, when you’re venturing out to these gorgeous camping spots, set yourself up with some WindRiver gear. Let Mark’s take care of your worries about ticks and mosquitoes, so you can take care of the nature escape ahead of you.

Let’s plan an adventure, shall we?


porteau cove camping near vancouver

If you’re looking for waterfront camping, then this is the spot for you. Located on the most southerly fjord in North America and overlooking Howe Sound and mountain peaks, your eyes will never get sick of these views. Scuba diving, cycling, canoeing, fishing, hiking, and windsurfing are just a few of the activities that you’ll be able to try out while at Porteau Cove.

Distance from Vancouver: 45 mins


cultus lake camping near vancouver

Located only a short drive from Vancouver, Cultus Lake Park has gorgeous beaches along a freshwater lake, and surrounded by mountain peaks. With 65 acres of group campsites, full hook-up sites, and seasonal tenting sites, there’s a site for everyone. Not to mention basketball and volleyball courts, a nearby water park, boat rentals, and more to fill your days to the brim with.

Distance from Vancouver: 1 hr 30 mins


sasquatch provincial park camping near vancouver

Situated north of Harrison Hot Springs, this provincial park has a series of pocket lakes and is surrounded by birch forest and gorgeous mountain views. Two of the pocket lakes are perfect for boating and canoeing, whereas Trout Lake is the ideal spot for a tranquil day of fishing. While you’re out there, take a scenic stroll through their light hiking trails and check out their interpretive programs!

Distance from Vancouver: 2 hrs



If you’re craving some time on the coast, definitely check out this Sunshine Coast campground. You can canoe on the calm morning waters, and then spend your afternoons hiking, fishing, and cycling. Or, if you’re looking to relax, soak up the sun on the sandy beaches. Whatever you’re looking for, Porpoise Bay definitely has it.

Distance from Vancouver: 2 hrs 20 mins


alice lake camping near vancouver

Just north of Squamish, you’ll find yourself immersed in nature at this family-friendly campground. With surrounding mountains, forests, and grassy areas, you’ll have views for days. The four freshwater lakes are perfect for swimming and fishing, and the nearby trails have options suitable for any fitness level.

Distance from Vancouver: 1 hr 15 mins


golden ears provincial park

Any adventure seekers out there? If so, then this spot is for you. Golden Ears is known for its wide variety of activities available. From waterskiing, windsurfing, boating, and fishing, to horseback riding through the rugged park trails. Seriously, you won’t be getting bored at this coastal campsite!

Distance from Vancouver: 1 hr

Well then folks, there you have it. Get those campground resos booked and make the most out of your summer!