Golden Ears Provincial Park

 

With 408 vehicle-accessible campsites, Golden Ears Provincial Park has the biggest campground and sees the largest number of campers in the entire province of British Columbia. There are three separate campgrounds with showers and flush toilets, and most of the campsites are set amongst trees offering shade and privacy. The immense popularity of this park is due, in part, to its proximity to Vancouver and its satellite communities. This should not discourage visitors, however, as the park is huge and there is such a huge variety of activities that no one will leave disappointed. For those interested in hiking, there is a multitude of trails ranging from an easy, fun walk along the bank of Gold Creek toward a spectacular waterfall, to a gruelling overnight trek to the summit of Golden Ears. In addition, there is an extensive network of trails where horseback riding or mountain biking is permitted. For those enjoying water-based activities, swimming, boating, canoeing, waterskiing, and windsurfing are all available in the beautiful Alouette Lake. Fishing is also possible in Alouette Lake and some streams. The day-use area is situated at the beach at Alouette Lake and is serviced by two mammoth parking lots. This area is extremely popular in the summer; it offers picnic tables, a sandy beach, and plenty of grassy areas for active games.

Facilities

Vehicle Accessible Camping Walk-in / Wilderness Camping Group Camping - - Picnic Areas Campfires Flush Toilets Pit Toilets Showers Drinking Water RV Sani Station - Playground Boat Launch Wheel Chair Accessibility Beach Managed Site / Facility Operator

Activities

Fishing Hiking Swimming - Boating Canoeing / Kayaking Waterskiing Wind Surfing Bicycling Mountain Biking - Climbing - Horse Riding - - - - - -

Rating

Campsite privacy
Fun for kids
Lots of shade
Peacefulness/Quietness
Activities

Number of campsites: 408, reservable: 182, nearest town: Maple Ridge (14 km), Vancouver (50 km)

Additional Information

Location

Golden Ears Provincial Park lies in the Coast Mountains 11 km north of Maple Ridge on the north side of the Fraser River. Access to the park is by vehicle via Highway 7 or Dewdney Trunk Road through the Municipality of Maple Ridge. If heading west, turn right onto 232nd and if heading east, turn left onto 232nd; then turn right onto Fern Crescent and follow road into park.

Contact Information

SSG Holdings Ltd
Email address: ssgparks@telus.net
Ph: 1-604-466-8325
Please go to www.discovercamping.ca to reserve a campsite.

Camping Information

Fees

Gold Creek and Alouette sites:Vehicle Accessible Camping Fee: $24.00 per party / night.BC Senior Rate (Labour Day to June 14 only): $12.00 per senior couple / night. Winter Vehicle Accessible Camping Fee (Gold Creek campground only): $10.00 per party / night.North Beach sites:Vehicle Accessible Camping Fee: $15.00 per party / night. BC Senior Rate (Labour Day to June 14 only): $7.50 per senior couple/night.

Operation Dates

Campground Opening and Closing Dates:(campground is accessible but may not offer full services such as water, security, etc.)      Alouette campground: June 19 – September 7 (only available as overflow during Spring and Fall seasons)Gold Creek campground: Open all yearNorth Beach campground: June 26 – September 7 Campground Dates with Full Services and Fees:      Alouette campground: June 19 - September 7Gold Creek campground: April 1 - October 12North Beach campground: June 26 - September 7Campground Reservable Dates:      Alouette campground:  June 19 - September 6Gold Creek campground: May 15 - September 6North Beach campground: June 26 - September 6

Facilities

Vehicle Accessible Camping

Vehicle Accessible Camping

There are three vehicle accessible campgrounds in this park - Gold Creek (148 sites), Alouette (205 sites) and North Beach (55 sites). There are 6 pull through sites in the North Beach campground only. Most sites are located in the trees and are equipped with tent pads. There is no parking for extra vehicles, maximum two vehicles per site. Gold Creek is the only campground available during the winter season.

Walk-in / Wilderness Camping

Walk-in / Wilderness Camping

Wilderness/walk-in camping is allowed at Alder Flats on the West Canyon Trail and Panorama Ridge on the Golden Ears trail, but no facilities are provided. No campfires are allowed. ***** Rustic marine campsites are located on Alouette Lake at Moyer Creek, The Narrows and Alouette River (north end of the Lake). On the east shore of Pitt Lake, the marine campsites are located at Raven Creek, Osprey Creek South and Osprey Creek North. Across from Pitt Lake on the east side is Pinecone Burke Provincial Park on the west shore. All of these marine campsites are only accessible by boat, have tent pads, a pit toilet, some have picnic tables but there are no campfire rings and no campfires are allowed.

Group Camping

Group Camping

There are two group campgrounds in this park, Alouette and Golden Ears. There is a covered shelter available at the Golden Ears group site only. The Alouette group site is located near the lake. Please call 1-604-466-8325 to reserve a group campsite. Group Camping Fee: $24.00 per party / night. Youth Group Camping Fee: $50.00 per group / night.

Picnic Areas

Picnic Areas

There are 3 day-use beach areas: ***** Alouette Day-use Area has ample parking, a sandy beach with roped off swimming area, and canoe/kayak/pedal boat rentals. Change house, and flush and pit toilets are available during summer season. There is a beach area for dogs between the boat launch and the canoe rental shop. ***** Campers Beach Day-use Area is a hike-in area adjacent to Alouette and Gold Creek campgrounds. It has a sandy beach and pit toilets. ***** North Beach Day-use Area is adjacent to the North Beach campground and is accessible on foot from the East Canyon Parking Lot via the North Beach Trail. Day-use Area Vehicle Parking Fee: $1.00 per vehicle / hour to a maximum of $3.00 per vehicle per/day.

Campfires

Campfires

Campfires permitted in the provided fire rings only. Firewood can be purchased in the park or you may bring your own wood. No fires are permitted in the backcountry.

Showers

Showers

There are hot shower buildings located in the Alouette and Gold Creek campgrounds. There are no showers at North Beach campground. During the winter season, all shower buildings are closed.

Drinking Water

Drinking Water

Cold water taps are located throughout the park. Taps are shut off during the winter season.

RV Sani Station

RV Sani Station

A sani-station/dump is available during the summer season. The sani-station/dump is located off the main roadway leading into the park before the information shelter and campgrounds. Sani-station Use Fee: $2.00 per discharge

Playground

Playground

This park has an adventure playground at the Alouette campground.

Boat Launch

Boat Launch

There is one four-lane cement surface boat launch at the south end of Alouette Lake. Overnight parking is available for vehicles and trailers.

Wheel Chair Accessibility

Wheel Chair Accessibility

There are wheelchair accessible toilets at all campgrounds and in the Alouette day-use area. Four campsites at the Gold Creek campground are paved. The Spirea Universal Access Trail is wheelchair accessible. Wheelchair access is also available to the beach from the south parking lot.

Activities

Fishing

Fishing

Fishing is possible in Alouette Lake.

Hiking

Hiking

There are over 80 km of hiking trails in Golden Ears Provincial Park. Trails range from easy to extremely difficult. The Spirea Universal Access Trail is wheelchair accessible.

Swimming

Swimming

There is swimming available from the beaches at all campgrounds and day-use areas.

Canoeing / Kayaking

Canoeing / Kayaking

Canoeing is very popular on Alouette Lake. Canoe/kayak/pedal boat rentals are available for rent in the Alouette day-use area from May through September. For more information please contact Rocky Mountain Boat Rentals at 604-864-1651. The park also offers boat accessible camping along the Lake.

Waterskiing

Waterskiing

There are waterskiing opportunities on Alouette Lake.

Wind Surfing

Wind Surfing

There are windsurfing opportunities on Alouette Lake.

Bicycling

Bicycling

Cycling is permitted on roadways and marked trails. There are over 20 kilometres of mountain biking trails in the park. Mountain biking is allowed on Menzies Trail, East Canyon Trail and Alouette Mountain Fire Road.

Climbing

Climbing

There are no recommended technical climbing opportunities in Golden Ears Park. ***** There are two mountains accessible by official trails that require intermediate skills to reach the peaks. Both require long strenuous hikes requiring proper equipment and experience. Alouette Mountain is accessed on 11 kilometres of trail from Mike Lake using the Incline and Alouette Mountain Fire Access Trails. A return trip will take 9 or 10 hours. ***** The Golden Ears are accessed from the West Canyon parking lot via the West Canyon/Golden Ears Trail. This 12-kilometre trail has an elevation change of 1500 meters. Suggested one way time is 7 hours. Ascent of the North Ear is made from the left (east) side across a permanent snowfield. Extreme caution is advised and proper equipment is recommended. Water may be scarce beyond Alder Flats. Expect snow on Panorama Ridge well into July.

Horse Riding

Horse Riding

There is an extensive network of horse trails, totalling more than 20 km in length. Park trails open to horses include the Incline Trail, East Canyon Trail and Mike Lake Trail.

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