Stawamus Chief Provincial Park

 

Stawamus Chief Provincial Park is located just off Highway 99, 3 km south of Squamish. This park protects the 652-metre granite rock and the habitat that it provides for nesting birds and other wildlife. Stawamus Chief, the second largest granite monolith on Earth, is a world-renowned rock climbing destination. Every year, thousands of climbers wishing to ascend the granite face of the Chief come to this park. There is a large number of climbing routes available, ranging from to novice to advanced. It is also possible to hike up the Chief. Although the hike is very steep, those who attempt it will be rewarded with spectacular views of the Howe Sound and the mountains beyond. The nearby Shannon Falls Park provides access to magnificent 335-m tall cascading waterfalls.

Facilities

Vehicle Accessible Camping Walk-in / Wilderness Camping - - - Picnic Areas - - Pit Toilets - Drinking Water - - - - - - Managed Site / Facility Operator

Activities

- Hiking - - - - - - - - - Climbing - - Wildlife Watching - - - - -

Rating

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

Number of campsites: 62, reservable: 0, nearest town: Squamish (4 km)

Additional Information

Location

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Contact Information

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Camping Information

Fees

Vehicle Accessible Camping Fee: $10.00 per party / night.

BC Senior Rate (Labour Day to June 14 only): $5.00 per senior couple/night.

Operation Dates

This park is accessible for camping year round, but no services such as water and firewood are provided during the off-season.  The gate is locked during the off-season and thus only the walk-in sites are available for camping.

Campground dates with full fees and services: May 1 - October 15.

Facilities

Vehicle Accessible Camping

Vehicle Accessible Camping

This park offers 15 vehicle-accessible campsites on a first-come, first-served basis. Vehicle-accessible sites are not suitable for large RVs. The remaining 47 sites are walk-in only. Sites are well-shaded with mature second-growth coniferous trees. There is parking for extra vehicles in the day-use parking lot, available for a fee. The gate is locked between the hours of 11pm and 7 am, and during the winter season. Walk-in camping is available when the gate is locked. No campfires are permitted at this park. Setting up of slack lines is prohibited within the park. Campsites are small and overcrowding is not permitted. This park has winter camping opportunities; however, the gates are locked in the winter, so camping is walk-in only and no services are provided.

Walk-in / Wilderness Camping

Walk-in / Wilderness Camping

Walk-in campsites are provided. The 47 sites are less than a 5 minute walk from the parking lot. The tent pads are raised gravel pads with a wooden border. Tent pads are small and overcrowding is not permitted. Sprawling of gear and camping equipment off of tent pad is prohibited thus ensuring understory vegetation is not damaged. A central cooking shelter is available. Park visitors must bring their own cook stove; campfires are prohibited. Campsites are extremely shaded with large mature coniferous trees. Please store all food in the storage lockers located throughout the campground and in the cooking shelter.

Picnic Areas

Picnic Areas

This park has a day-use/picnic area. There are pit toilets and one covered shelter available. There are no barbeque attachments on the picnic tables. The gate is locked from 11pm to 7am. The day use area located within the highway pull out is provided with picnic tables, information kiosk and pit toilets. This area provides an excellent vantage for watching climbers and viewing the Peregrine Falcons. There is another day use area located adjacent the campground which hosts picnic tables and offers a spectacular for of Squamish and Howe Sound.

Drinking Water

Drinking Water

Cold water taps are located at the entrance to the campground. Taps are shut off during the off-season.

Activities

Hiking

Hiking

Hiking trails are accessed from the day-use parking near the campground. They follow Oleson Creek before dividing into separate trails to each peak. The trails are also accessible from Shannon Falls Provincial Park. Be properly prepared for a strenuous hike and changing weather. * First Peak: 1.5-kilometre trail with an elevation gain of 500 metres. * Second Peak: 1.7-kilometre trail with an elevation gain of 700 metres. * Third Peak: 1.8-kilometre trail with an elevation gain of 750 metres. * To Shannon Falls: 1.5-kilometre hike from the Stawamus Parking Lot.

Climbing

Climbing

This is a world-class climbing destination. Climbing closures are in effect generally from March 15 until July 31 to minimize disturbance to nesting Peregrine Falcons. Area closures may change year to year depending on where these magnificent falcons choose to raise their families. Commercial climbing such as guiding and giving instruction is prohibited unless authorized by a valid Park Use Permit. Bouldering opportunities exist at the base of the Stawamus Chief.

Wildlife Watching

Wildlife Watching

Fantastic views of Howe Sound and the Squamish Valley from all peaks. Excellent viewing area from the highway pull out day-use area. Peregrine Falcon can be viewed from the highway pull out day-use area.

User Reviews

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

Not a typical park

Submitted by Guest on August 8, 2009

This park is not like other provincial parks, it feels like it was made exclusively for climbers and hikers (although anyone can stay there). If you have a mid-size/large RV you would have a hard time fitting it in. Campsites don't have tables. I wouldn't call this park a 'family oriented', but if you are a climber or a hiker - you would definitely enjoy this place. Great place for active outdoor enthusiasts!

 

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Stawanus Chief

Guest
Aug 7, 2009

All campsites look like this. There is a little forest behind where you can set up your tent, but no tables.

Guest
Aug 7, 2009

 

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