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post #1 of (permalink) Old 04-20-2016, 06:19 PM Thread Starter
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I am looking for places to camp that are accessible on a Friday after work. Meaning I could leave downtown Vancouver around 3:30 or 4:00pm and have set up camp before it it totally dark. This could be short/easy back country campgrounds, or just some remote roads/lakes where I can camp on the side of the road beside my car. Any suggestions would be totally appreciated!
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post #2 of (permalink) Old 04-20-2016, 07:04 PM
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Are you considering Provincial Parks campgrounds?
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post #3 of (permalink) Old 04-20-2016, 07:05 PM Thread Starter
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I won't rule them out, but would prefer to avoid the crowds and the high camp fees that come of them have.
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Basically, within 2 hrs of Vancouver, you either need to hit up a designated campground, or invest in a 4x4, to car camp.
On the other hand you can hike in and camp almost everywhere. Some spots are better for it than others though. Pitching your tent on Dog Mountain might make you wish you'd chosen a campground instead.
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Actually there are quite a few but not posted freely as people like to keep their spots a secret. I would suggest driving up Squamish FSR and exploring a little bit. There are some nice spaces up there some being waterfront property.

If you want to hike Deeks Lake or Burke Mountain are relatively close but wouldn't call them easy with overnight gear.

Last suggestion is to try during weekdays as weekends and close campsites = no peace and quiet.

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Actually there are quite a few but not posted freely as people like to keep their spots a secret.
Well, not to mention that many of them are more appropriate for stealth camping (roll out the bivy sack after dusk, pack it up at dawn) than for full on pitch-the-tent-and-kick-back-by-the-fire "camping" which may attract unwanted attention.
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http://www.campsquamish.com/
http://www.sitesandtrailsbc.ca/default.aspx


After work but before dark is a bit subjective, as office kick-off time can vary as can sunset depending on the time of year.

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