Squamish Camping Guide


The popularity of Squamish within the #vanlife community has increased to the point where there is great concern about the group’s collective environmental impact. “Wild” or “Freedom” camping has become unmanageable environmentally because of the high numbers of campers.

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  • Spit Road - Squamish Estuary/Wildlife Management Area
  • Downtown Squamish
  • Mamquam Forest Service Road/Powerhouse Springs Road
  • Any residential area


Area Map



Where to Camp

1 Stawamus Chief Provincial Park BC Parks 74
2 Klahanie Campground Private 150
3 Squamish Municipal Campground Municipal 35
4 Mamquam River Campground Non-profit 75
5 MTN Fun Basecamp Private  50
6 Alice Lake Provincial Park BC Parks 110
7 Cat Lake Recreation Site BC Rec Site 50
8 Paradise Valley Campground Private 86
9 Porteau Cove Provincial Park BC Parks 60
10 Squamish Valley Campground Private  78
Listed above by distance from the Stawamus Chief. 

Visit for a Campsite Availability calendar.


20 Garbage and
recycling drop-off
Squamish Landfill, Landfill Road
21 Recycling drop-off Queens Way Recycle Depot
22 Showers and Aquatic Centre Brennan Park Recreation Centre. DO NOT use toiletries in rivers and streams.
23 Free Wi-Fi Various coffee shops and restaurants throughout Squamish; Brennan Park Recreation Centre; Squamish Public Library.
24 Medical Care Squamish General Hospital, Walk In-Clinc, VCH, Community Health Centre. 
25 Police

RCMP Station

*An RV Dump Station is located in front of Canadian Tire at Mamquam Road and Highway 99. 


#NOTrace Camping

  • Local fire bans restrict the use of campfires.
  • Leaving food unsecured will attract bears and other wild animals. This is dangerous for you, and puts the bears at risk once they become garbage bears. Never keep or consume food in your tent.
  • Garbage/recycling must always be secured and disposed of properly. See the list of resources for drop-off locations.
  • Ensure proper disposal of human waste and toilet paper. No one wants to encounter it while walking in our trails.
  • Please don’t pollute our waterways. 
  • Before leaving, return your site to the condition in which you found it.
  • Be respectful to your neighbours – we live here and take great care of our community.


Important Numbers


Fire (non-emergency) 604.898.9666
Police (non-emergency) 604.892.6100
Bylaw Enforcement 604.815.5067
RAPP line to report wildlife concerns or other natural resource violations 1.877.952.7277


Unauthorized camping and related activities within the District of Squamish are addressed in the following municipal bylaws: Camping Bylaw No. 2679, 2019, Zoning, Park Use, Fire Service, Wildlife Attractant and Traffic Bylaws. Unauthorized camping includes but is not limited to: vehicle, tent, RV, temporary shelter in zones that do not permit this activity. Natural Resource Officers from the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development also enforce provincial natural resource legislation such as the Land Act and the Wildfire Act, where applicable.

Squamish is located in prime bear habitat. Be bear smart and follow these Camping in Bear Country guidelines.