Porteau Cove

Advisories

Mooring Buoys: There are currently no mooring buoys available at the park. The offshore mooring buoy has been permanently removed, and the onshore mooring buoy has been temporarily removed for service. There is a small floating dock available for mooring. Caution: There are 2 low tide markers near the floating dock which are not mooring buoys and mark very shallow water. Anchoring is prohibited within the park boundary.

Boat Launch: It may be difficult to launch during the winter months due to the high volumes of driftwood that accumulate on the boat launches, which periodically make launching impossible. BC Parks will post updates as they become available.

Full Service Rates: Full service rates are now in effect. Winter rates start again as of November 12, 2016 (see rates below).

Sani-Station – Winter Service: The sani station will remain open unless freezing temperatures are forecasted. During periods of freezing weather, the sani station will be closed until  the temperatures remain above freezing over a 24 hour period.

Septic System: Porteau Cove is on a septic system, including the sani-station and washroom buildings. Antibacterial soaps and harsh chemicals destroy the health and functionality of the system. Please help protect the septic system and the water quality by using only biodegradable soaps during your stay.

Marine Conservation: Exploring the beach and diving/snorkelling can be a rewarding experience at Porteau Cove. Please practise leave no trace ethics when observing marine life at the park by leaving everything as you find it and by not removing or handling the wildlife. Please see gatehouse at the campground for upcoming interpretive demonstrations and events!

 

Visitor Services

Porteau Cove offers the rental of portable propane campfires.  These campfires can be used during fire bans and easily hook-up to propane barbeque tanks.  If you need to exchange your BBQ tank or buy a new one, you can do it at the gatehouse in the park.

Returning services include general camping supplies sold at the gatehouse including ice, firewood, ice cream and snacks.   A sani-station is on site and located near the gatehouse.

Accommodation – Rent the Olympic Legacy Cabins located at the waterfront of Porteau Cove. For more information on the cabins see Cabins & RV Rentals.

About Porteau Cove

Only minutes from Vancouver, Porteau Cove is the perfect waterfront camping destination. Many of the campsites are on the waterfront. The beach is a great place for exploring and enjoying the stunning views of Howe Sound. Fishing (outside of the Provincial Park boundary) and boating are very popular in the area. There are two paved boat launches with day parking for trailers in the park.

One of the park’s main attractions is the tidal and inter-tidal marine life of the park’s foreshore areas. There is a good diversity of marine species, both along the shore and underwater. A scuba diving area has been developed with sunken ships and artificial reefs that have greatly enhanced sub-tidal marine life.

Porteau Cove Provincial Park is situated on the eastern shore of Howe Sound, 38 km north of Vancouver. To get there, follow Hwy 99 north from West Vancouver. Follow the signs for Porteau Cove Provincial Park (not Porteau Road which is 2km south of the park). Turn left off of the highway into the park.

Porteau Cove Provincial Park is open year round with limited facilities and reduced fees in the winter (November 12 to February 28).

For more information on Porteau Cove please visit the BC Parks website.

PORTEAU COVE RATES AND FEES

CAMPSITE FEE

Drive-In – per party, per night
$43.00
Drive-In (Winter) – per party, per night
$26.00
Drive-In (Senior) – per couple, per night
$25.50
Drive-In (Senior Winter) – per couple per night
$25.50
Walk-In – per party, per night
$20.00
Walk-In (Senior) – per couple, per night
$10.00

PARKING/DOCKING FEES

Docking per metre
$2.00
Mooring
$12.00
Second Vehicle (Drive-In) – per night
$12.00
Second Vehicle (Drive-In – Senior) – per night
$8.75
Second Vehicle (Drive-In – Winter) – per night
$8.75

VISITOR SERVICES

Sani-Station
Firewood
Ice
$5.00/Dump
1  for $8 or 3 for $20
$4/Bag
Propane campfire rentals
$14/Night + Deposit
Propane Exchange
$29.00/Tank
Propane Buy-In
Combo: Propane Campfire and Propane Exchange
$64.00/Tank
$40.00

TOTAL NUMBER OF SITES

Vehicle Accessible Site
44
Walk In Sites
16

TOTAL NUMBER OF RESERVABLE SITES

Vehicle Accessible Site
44
Walk In Sites
12

OPERATIONAL DATES

Full Service
 February 26 – November 11
*Partial Service
November 12 – February 28

Please note, due to their small size the walk in sites have a maximum occupancy of 4 people and 1 tent.

PARK LOCATION

PARK FACILITIES

Activities

  • Canoeing

    Canoeing

  • Cycling

    Cycling

  • Fishing

    Fishing

  • Hiking

    Hiking

  • Interpretive Programs

    Interpretive Programs

  • Pets on Leash

    Pets on Leash

  • SCUBA Diving

    SCUBA Diving

  • Swimming

    Swimming

  • Wildlife Viewing

    Wildlife Viewing

  • Windsurfing

    Windsurfing

  • Winter Recreation

    Winter Recreation

Facilities

  • Boat Launch

    Boat Launch

  • Camp Fires

    Camp Fires

  • Drinking Water

    Drinking Water

  • Electrical Hookups

    Electrical Hookups

  • Picnic Areas

    Picnic Areas

  • Pit or Flush Toilets

    Pit or Flush Toilets

  • Sani-Station / Dump

    Sani-Station / Dump

  • Showers

    Showers

  • Vehicle Camping

    Vehicle Camping

  • Walk in / Wilderness Camping

    Walk in / Wilderness Camping

  • Wheelchair Access

    Wheelchair Access

  • Winter Camping

    Winter Camping