British Columbia is home to one of the most stunning parks in Canada. Golden Ears Provincial Park, Maple Ridge, BC, sits 62,000 hectares, and it is north of Maple Ridge and connects to Garibaldi Provincial Park. Golden Ears Provincial Park is relatively mountainous and houses three campgrounds. Alouette and Ground Creek are open all year, and North Beach is only open seasonally.
Here you can find kayaks and canoes all summer long. There is a boat launch here for people who have their boats. It is best not to leave your boat unattended at night due to possible theft.
Waterskiing is a popular activity here at Alouette Park. Other activities include horseback riding, fishing, cycling and mountain climbing. Dogs are not allowed on the beach, and however, they are allowed in the park if they are on a leash.
Arrive before 11 am if you want to find a park quickly. Arriving very late in the day may force you not to find parking due to the parking lot being filled.
Go up further from Alouette Lake, and you will find Gold Creek. Gold Creek has a stunning river, another campground, and a popular hang-out area. This place is bustling and crowded during the summertime.
There is a trail to Gold Creek’s Lower Falls. It is near the gravel parking lot. You can walk this trail. It is a fairly level trail, so the hike is pretty simple. It should take about an hour to hike the trail in one direction, and it will take a total of two hours for both directions.
You will find another beach area about halfway up the trail. The beach area is near the river, and it serves as a rest spot. You can even choose to stop here and have a picnic.
Be mindful it is hard to stay connected in certain parts of the park. Reception is not the best at this park. But that may be a good thing if you are looking for some time to get away from being on your phone so much.
Camping In Golden Ears Park
The three main campgrounds house over 400 sites for people to camp. The amenities differ depending on which campground you choose. However, Alouette Park, North Beach and Gold Creek have good amenities. They all have pit toilets, and Alouette Park and North Beach have flushable toilets. Additionally, you will want to check out the hot shower facilities in the summer.
All three campgrounds have unique metal rings. You can use these rings for lighting a campfire. Golden Ears Park does not allow campfires in the other park areas. However, water taps are accessible, and these are not accessible in winter.
If you plan on camping with a large group of people, you can book reservations ahead of time. This is your best option if you want to do a large gathering.
A change was made in May 2021. Only Gold Creek is open year-round.
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