The picturesque Sea to Sky Corridor may soon welcome a new addition to its camping facilities.
The Squamish-Lillooet Regional District (SLRD) (British Columbia, Canada) has taken the first step towards the realization of a new campground adjacent to the renowned Porteau Cove Provincial Park.
This week, the SLRD board members reviewed an application for the proposed campground, which is envisioned to be nestled between the CN Rail line and Highway 99. The board’s unanimous approval of the first reading signifies the initial endorsement of the project, though it still awaits further readings and approvals.
The enthusiasm for the project is palpable among the board members. SLRD Director and Squamish Mayor, Armand Hurford, expressed his excitement about the proposal, noting that he had already visited the proposed site. Board chair and Whistler councillor, Jen Ford, echoed this sentiment, emphasizing the potential benefits of the project for the region.
According to Pique News, the proposed campground, a brainchild of applicant Paul Wood, is set to be a comprehensive camping facility. It aims to offer 37 walk-in tent sites, seven tent or car camping sites, and 42 RV sites.
This would significantly augment the camping options in the vicinity, especially considering that the existing Porteau Cove Provincial Park offers around 60 campsites.
The new proposal envisions a holistic camping experience, with a building dedicated to camper amenities such as a concession, laundry, showers, and boat rentals. The facility also plans to offer 16 one-bedroom staff accommodations, ensuring dedicated service for campers.
The layout of the proposed campground has been meticulously planned. Initial drawings suggest that the northern end of the site will house the three-story amenities building. As campers venture southwards, they will encounter the various campsites, ensuring a seamless camping experience.
A point of discussion among the board members was the proposed employee accommodation. There were concerns about ensuring that these accommodations would be strictly for employees and not for short-term stays.
However, Claire Dewar, a senior planner for the SLRD, clarified that the current zoning bylaws would only permit these units for campground employees or related individuals.
With the first reading now complete, the project enters a phase of broader consultation. Feedback will be sought from First Nations groups, the District of Squamish, the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, the Ministry of Forests, BC Parks, and Vancouver Coastal Health. This comprehensive review process underscores the importance of the project and its potential impact on the region.
Squamish, with its natural splendor and recreational opportunities, stands as a beacon for outdoor enthusiasts. The region boasts eight provincial parks, myriad recreational areas, and a plethora of activities ranging from hiking to biking.
The vibrant food and drink culture of Squamish, coupled with its indoor attractions, makes it a sought-after destination. The proposed campground, with its extensive facilities, aligns perfectly with Squamish’s ethos of promoting outdoor activities. It promises to be more than just a place to camp; it aims to be an experience that resonates with the spirit of Squamish.
The proposed new campground near Porteau Cove represents a significant step towards enhancing the recreational facilities of the Sea to Sky Corridor.
As the project navigates through the approval processes, it carries with it the hopes and aspirations of a community that values nature, recreation, and sustainable development.
The campground, once realized, will not only cater to the camping needs of the region but will also stand as a testament to Squamish’s commitment to promoting outdoor activities and tourism.