Golden Ears Provincial Park is a 555.9 square kilometres (214.6 sq mi) provincial park in British Columbia, Canada. It is named after the prominent twin peaks, which are commonly referred to as Golden Ears (Mount Blanshard) (elevation: 1,716 metres (5,630 ft)). The park was originally part of Garibaldi Provincial Park (established 1927) but was split off as a separate park in 1967. The area was logged extensively in the 1920s by the Lougheed and Abernathy Logging Company. Many recreational attractions are found within the park. Golden Ears Provincial Park is a protected area that contains many endangered species of flora and fauna.
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We love camping at Golden Ears! There isn’t cell reception at the campsites so if you’re looking for a way to fully disconnect from the world and connect with the family this is the place to go! No worries though, there’s spotty reception at the beach. Beach is a rocky beach, but the water is clean!
Long walk to the lake
Beautiful setting, but it's a treck to get to the lake. The map is misleading. Washrooms could have been cleaner.
This park is beautiful. Camping in the forest and the scenery is great. The only downside is that it is a busy campground. The bathrooms are not always the best maintained. But there is a campers beach and lots of space to explore.
Super Accessible Nature!
Golden Ears Provincial Park is an exquisite nature haven that is easily accessible to those in the Lower Mainland. Majestic mountains, tranquil lakes, and lush forests create a truly serene backdrop for a multitude of outdoor activities. The park offers well-maintained campsites, making it an excellent choice for family camping trips. The extensive trail system, particularly the Golden Ears Summit trail, provides hikers with unparalleled views of the surrounding beauty. A visit to Alouette Lake, with its calm waters and picturesque vistas, is a must-do activity. Despite often being busy during the summer months, Golden Ears Provincial Park manages to maintain its tranquility and remains an exceptional retreat for nature lovers. We love camping here with our kids!
Big campground. Beautiful area. Great for kids
Golden ears is one of the biggest campgrounds with 3 different camping areas. Hike to the waterfalls (45mins). They keep Gold creek campground open all year around. Beautiful area. Limited cell reception.
Gold Creek is the best!
Gold Creek campground is one of my favorite places to camp on the lower mainland, the beach access is awesome and the campground has two real bathrooms complete with showers!
Busy but nice
Not too far of a drive from the city. Main beach and Gold Creek are very busy but it is possible to find some quieter spots. Great place for a family weekend.
Alluette Lake campground
Good facilities, clean, spacious isolated sites
An easy camping trip for those in Vancouver
If you’re a camper living in B.C.’s Lower Mainland, you’ve likely already visited Golden Ears. The park is a short drive from Vancouver, and contains a lot of campsites—which makes it an easy weekend getaway for those in the city or the Fraser Valley.
The campgrounds at Golden Ears afford reasonable space for campers. That said, the trees in the campgrounds aren’t that dense, meaning that you have limited privacy in many of the campsites. So, if you’re intent on a quiet and private campsite, this might not be your first choice.
The campsites are perched up above the water, meaning that views are quite limited. The walk to the water isn’t long, though, and there’s a nice beach where you can spend a sunny afternoon with friends.
Walking a little further down the road brings you to the river, and its chilly waters. The water is clear and gorgeous. As such, many find a little spot here to spend the day. You’ll also spot some paddle boards, kayaks, canoes, and speedboats here.
Hiking trails are plentiful and afford access to some backcountry camping opportunities. I gather that trail runners likely use these trails extensively, given the lush, beautiful, fern carpeted forest they’re situated in.
Golden Ears’ amenities are ample with flush toilets, warm water showers, and potable water.
If you’re looking to go car camping with friends, Golden Ears is a good choice given all of the space available in the park. It does fill up quickly, though, and can be noisy at times.
Personally, I prefer quieter settings when in nature. As such, Golden Ears is often our first camping trip of the year. This allows us to pull out all of our gear and give it a test run before embarking on trips further afield.
Serene and Beautiful
If you don't require running water or bathrooms, this is the best site in Golden Ears. Nicely spaced out sites, some of which are extremely large. The beach access is steep but much quieter than the Alouette side of the park. There's no park, no running water, only outhouses and a hand water pump that I don't believe is for potable water...but if you can do without its definitely the best campground in Golden Ears.
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