I’ve lived in Vancouver, BC for almost two years now, and I’m almost ashamed to say that I haven’t ventured further than the lower mainland in and around Vancouver. So last weekend, when I took an evening drive out on the Sea to Sky highway to Porteau Cove Provincial Park, I realized just how much of Beautiful British Columbia I was missing out on.
Porteau Cove Provincial Park was established on July 24, 1981 and is located 38km north of Vancouver and just 20km south of Squamish. With a drive as beautiful as the Sea to Sky highway, you won’t even notice the time passing by.
The camping area holds 44 vehicle accessible sites (both park and waterfront views) and 16 walk-in sites; all sites comes with an electric output available for a small fee. Camping is available year-round and all sites are 100% reservable here. There are also cabins and huts available to rent!
Activities around Porteau Cove include things like canoeing, kayaking, fishing, cycling and hiking on nearby trails, swimming, and wildlife viewing. I’ve also recently learned that two antique ships have been sunk in the water amidst man-made reefs to enhance the scuba diving experience around the area and also to cultivate a unique marine life ecosystem.
The park also supports marine fees for mooring and use of docking facilities. The main parking lot has large parking spots available for vehicles, trailers, and boats.
My first impression of Porteau Cove was that the area was so very serene. The air was fresh and crisp, the sun was bright and reflecting off the surface of the water, and in the distance you could hear birds chirping. It was refreshing and calming and everything one would need to escape the hustle and bustle of the city.
My friend and I went on a small hike to a viewing platform just beyond the camping area. We found ourselves a small, secluded area and settled onto a large, flat rock overlooking the water. All we needed was a little bit of music, a little bit of sunshine, and a little bit of a breeze and we were perfectly content to sit and bask in the wonderful views around us.
Let me take this moment to give a special shout-out to my amazing friend, because not only was she my kick-ass Beautiful BC tour guide but she was also my unofficial photographer that day!
We wanted a better view to watch the sunset so we took the long walk across the beach back to the parking lot. We walked along the rocky shore, skipped flat stone pebbles across the water, and found some interesting little barnacles and mussels safely nesting amongst the rocks.
We also took a moment to climb this extremely narrow and not entirely safe rock face to get a better view of the setting sun. It was a great view and I got some spectacular shots but trust me when I say there was a moment when even I didn’t think I’d have the guts to climb back down!
You know that phrase, “beauty is in the eye of the beholder”? Well, while watching the sunset from the shore, I couldn’t think of a single reason how anyone could look out across the water and not feel encapsulated by the beauty of the mountains and the sky.
It was like the setting sunlight painted a perfect canvas of colour across the sky and that colour kissed the mountaintops and bled into the water to create this extraordinary reflection of the vastness and depth of the area.
It was breathtaking. And once again, I am so very grateful to call British Columbia my home.
Have you ever been to Porteau Cove Provincial Park? Let me know in the comments section below!
(Featured image: Kathryn Ho, www.instagram.com/khitters)