Camping in Whistler, Canada

Camping in Whistler, Canada
Situated about 50 miles up the Sea and Sky Highway from Vancouver, Whistler is one of that city's gateways to outdoor adventure. In the summer, the rugged ice-capped mountains, lakes and green forests around Whistler provide numerous opportunities for hiking, nature watching and fishing. When the snows start to fall, Whistler becomes an internationally-known base for skiing and other winter sports. Best of all, camping in the Whistler area is available summer or winter.

Riverside RV Resort and Campground

The Riverside RV Resort and Campground is actually set on the banks of Fitzsimmons Creek, and offers a mix of RV and tent sites. The RV sites are decorated with wildflowers and come with water and electrical hook-ups, as well as cable connections for an extra fee. The tent camping area is separated from the RVs, and every campsite is surrounded by trees and shrubs. All campsites come with a picnic table and fire ring, and the campground as a whole is serviced by comfort stations with showers and dishwashing stations. Other amenities at the resort include a camp store, an 18-hole miniature golf course, and courts for volleyball and badminton. Riverside RV Resort and Campground is open year-around.

Riverside RV Resort and Campground
8018 Mons Road
Whistler, BC V0N 1B8
604-905-5533
whistlercamping.com

Garibaldi Provincial Park

With its rugged, icy mountains, thick forests and highland lakes, Garibaldi Provincial Park dominates the landscape to the west and south of Whistler. Five separate entrances to the park line Highway 99, or the Sea to Sky Highway, within a 10-mile drive both north and south of Whistler. The park has four separate campgrounds. Elfin Campground is open year-around, Garibaldi Lake and Taylor Meadows are open between early May and mid-November, and Red Heather is open only in the winter months. The campgrounds at this park are almost backcountry in nature, as all are reached by hiking and the only services are pit toilets. A backcountry permit is required to camp in Garibaldi Provincial Park, which is paid through a self-registration system at the start of every trail leading into a camping area. During the summer, the park has lakeside fishing and swimming, extensive hiking trails, and some cycling. While the park's lakes are open to canoeing, no canoes are available for rent there. During the winter, the park switches over to snowshoeing, skiing and snowboarding.

Garibaldi Provincial Park
Fraser Valley C, BC 95310
800-689-9025
env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks

Callaghan Lake Provincial Park

Callaghan Lake Provincial Park is situated less than 10 miles to the northwest of Whistler, and was described by the British Columbia Parks Dept. as a "prime year round backcountry recreation area." The park has a first-come, first-serve and no-fee campground. All the campsites are drive-in and serviced by fire rings, picnic tables, and a mixture of pit and flush toilets. During the summer, the park is open to fishing and hiking. Canoeing is permitted on the park's lakes, but no canoes are available for rent. During the winter, the park opens to winter sports like snowshoeing and skiing. The campground at Callaghan Lake is open only between mid-June and late October.

Callaghan Lake Provincial Park
Squamish-Lillooet D, BC 95310
800-689-9025
env.gov.bc.ca

Article Written By Edwin Thomas

Edwin Thomas has been writing since 1997. His work has appeared in various online publications, including The Black Table, Proboxing-Fans and others. A travel blogger, editor and writer, Thomas has traveled from Argentina to Vietnam in pursuit of stories. He holds a Master of Arts in international affairs from American University.

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