Porpoise Bay Provincial Park

 

Porpoise Bay Provincial Park is located at the southern end of Sechelt Inlet on the Sunshine Coast and is easily reached from Vancouver via a ferry from Horseshoe Bay to Langdale, then a short drive to Sechelt. This family-friendly park offers wide sandy beaches, sheltered waters for swimming, and lots of grassy areas for playing games. Beachcombing at low tide provides an excellent opportunity to observe a vast variety of intertidal marine life and is one of the favourite activities here. Canoeists and kayakers often use this park as a base camp to explore the many bays and snug coves of the Sechelt Inlet. Sechelt, 4 km to the south, is a lovely laid-back town with many cafes, restaurants, and shops.

Facilities

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

Activities

Fishing Hiking Swimming - - Canoeing / Kayaking - - Bicycling - - - - - - - - - - -

Rating

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

Number of campsites: 84, reservable: 50, nearest town: Sechelt (4 km), Langdale (30 km)

Additional Information

Location

From Vancouver, Sunshine coast is accessed via a ferry from Horseshoe Bay (North Vancouver) to Langdale. Once on the Sunshine Coast, drive 30 km north on Highway 101 to Sechelt. At Sechelt, turn right on Xenichen Ave., then right again on Sechelt Inlet Road, which leads 4 km to the park.

Contact Information

Swens Contracting
E-mail address: info@sunshinecoastparks.com
Phone: (604) 885-3714
Please go to www.discovercamping.ca to reserve a campsite.

Camping Information

Fees

Vehicle Accessible Camping Fee: $22.00 per party / night.

BC Senior Rate (Labour Day to June 14 only): $11.00 per senior couple/night.

Walk-in/Cycle-in Frontcountry Camping Fee: $10.00 per party / night.

Operation Dates

This park is open year-round, but no services are offered  in the off-season. Camping in the off-season is free; please camp at group site as the campground gate is closed. Campground dates with full fees and services: April 15 - September 15. Campground reservable dates: May 5 - September 15.

Facilities

Vehicle Accessible Camping

Vehicle Accessible Camping

This park offers 84 vehicle accessible campsites. Most sites are set in a forest of Douglas fir, cedar, and hemlock.

Walk-in / Wilderness Camping

Walk-in / Wilderness Camping

There is a walk-in camping area. This site is only for cyclists or persons who arrive at the park without a vehicle (backpackers). This site is an open area, there are no designated sites but room for approximately 10 small tents. This area is available on a first-come, first-served basis. The site has a communal fire pit, shared picnic tables and there is a shower building with flush toilets nearby.

Group Camping

Group Camping

There is one group campsite that can accommodate from 15 to 50 people. Please go to www.sunshinecoastparks.com to reserve the group campsite. Group Camping Fee: $22.00 per party / night. Youth Group Camping Fee: $50.00 per group / night.

Picnic Areas

Picnic Areas

This park has a day-use/picnic area. There are 2 open picnic shelters, one change area in the toilet building, pit and flush toilets, and a sandy beach. The day-use area can still be accessed if the gate is locked. There is an adventure playground. Day-use Area Vehicle Parking Fee: $1.00 per vehicle / hour to a maximum of $3.00 per vehicle per/day. One day-use picnic shelter can be reserved through the Park Facility Operator. Please go to www.sunshinecoastparks.com to reserve the picnic shelter. Group Picnicking Fee: $50.00 per group

Campfires

Campfires

Fires are only permitted in the 3 communal fire pits. No fires are allowed in individual sites due to a clean air policy within the park. Firewood can be purchased from the Park Facility Operator or you can bring your own wood.

Showers

Showers

There are hot showers and change houses located in both the day-use and campground areas.

Drinking Water

Drinking Water

Cold water taps are located in both the day-use and campground areas. Taps are shut off during the off-season.

Playground

Playground

There is a playground area at the beach, less than 5 minutes walk from the day-use parking area. There is an adventure playground, grassy area and beach area.

Wheel Chair Accessibility

Wheel Chair Accessibility

The picnic tables, showers, toilets, and one campsite (site #35) are all wheelchair accessible.

Activities

Fishing

Fishing

Fishing is permitted but it is hard to fish from shore as the water is shallow.

Hiking

Hiking

There are several short hiking trails leading through the lush forest beside Angus Creek. A bridge over the creek leads to the mudflats of the estuary where a variety of waterfowl and shorebirds can be observed. Harbour seals and bald eagles may be seen year-round.

Swimming

Swimming

This park has a designated swimming area near the beach.

Canoeing / Kayaking

Canoeing / Kayaking

Canoeing and kayaking opportunities exist in Sechelt Inlet near the park. Kayakers can use the cyclist campsite. There are rentals available outside the park in Tuwanek. Calmer conditions often prevail in early morning and late afternoon.

Bicycling

Bicycling

Cycling is a popular way to explore the Sunshine Coast. Bicycles must be kept to roadways; cycling is not allowed on park trails.

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