Winter boondocking in BC?

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  1. dmitrym

    dmitrym New Member

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    Hey friends,

    Are there any places close to lower mainland that are not snow covered in january-march? I'd like to give winter camping a go in '15 maybe. I'd prefer not to camp at an RV site, forestry sites would be great. Any suggestions?

    Thanks!
     
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    Have you considered Brae Island in Fort Langley? Go guarantees of not being snow covered but close to sea level.They have powered sites or you can try Derby Reach.
     
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    Thanks West Coast Canuck, I'll definitely check it out! Do you know of any areas that might be a little more secluded? I'm trying to get away from people :)
     
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    Try Chilliwack lake, not Cultus, should be fairly quiet for the time of year that you are going. However, there could be a likelyhood of snow. Golden Ears is a Provincial site that is open year round as well and will close if there is snow. Derby Reach should also be quiet at that time of the year as well.
     
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    Porteau Cove, Alice Lake,
     
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    It's not really boondocking, but the Gold Creek campground at Golden Ears Prov Park, is cheap in the winter ($11 a night) but is rustic camping as there are no services. You must bring your own water/wood in. The trails - even hiking the beach areas - are all open and worth the efforts as you can hike up to the falls. It is quite a beautiful area. I have yet to catch fish, but they are there in Alouette Lake.

    Porteau Cove is nice - noted previously, and it puts you right on the Ocean. Plenty of great views, hikes around Shannon Falls, or the Chief, and sites to see such as the museum at Britannia Mine.

    On the Chilliwack Forest Service Road, there are plenty of boondocking areas along the river before you get to the Prov parks at Chilliwack Lake.
     
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    If you or other's are planning a January, February camping trip on the west (wet is what locals call it ) wear windproof jackets, and bring plenty of dry tinder and kindling with you. A four season jacket is also recommended. All around Chipmunk creek near Chilliwack Lake has alot of boondocking, though lots of partiers abound, be forewarned. Around Hope lots of areas but same issues.

    Another destination not mentioned, and that time of the year likely ZERO party crowd, is Harrison Lake East and West FSR. West has ten mile Bay, five mile bay, several other awesome destinations if you have a 4x4, or are willing to hike in on foot, there are even natural hot springs, but that is a LONG Drive in a equipped 4x4 in winter. We have done it several times. Incredible soak once you get to one of the two destinations.
    East side is 2wd truck or suv friendlier, with again, more destinations if you have a 4x4. If you just want no service camping, both sides of the lake have incredible destinations. Some are even maintained Rec (Recreation) Sites, which have pit toilets, occasional picnic tables, or tent pads, other's have nothing. Lots of pullouts, creek side destination's.

    Enjoy.
     
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