Golden Ears Provincial Park – BC Parks

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Boat Launch

Boat Launch




There is one four-lane cement surface boat launch at the south end of Alouette Lake. There is overnight parking available for vehicles and trailers in the boat launch parking lot. There is no nearby marina to moor boats overnight. Waterskiing is permitted. It is not recommended to leave your boat overnight in the water due to theft. The park also offers boat accessible camping along the lake; see the rustic marine campsites information.


During months outside the summer season, the water level in Alouette Lake may vary considerably due to water management by BC Hydro. Boaters should be especially wary during low-water conditions, as submerged stumps and other obstacles may be hazardous to navigation.










Campfires

Campfires




Campfires are not permitted in the backcountry and marine sites of Golden Ears Park. Use a portable fuel stove for cooking!


Campfires are only permitted in metal fire rings provided at the Alouette Campground, Gold Creek Campground and North Beach Campground. Firewood can be purchased in the park from the

park operator

or you may bring your own wood. Limited burning hours or campfire bans may be implemented. To preserve vegetation and ground cover, please

do not gather firewood

from the area around your campsite or elsewhere in the park (this is a ticketable offence under the

Park Act

). Dead wood is an important habitat element for many plants and animals and it adds organic matter to the soil.







Drinking Water

Drinking Water




Cold water taps are located throughout the park.
Drinking water from taps is tested on a regular basis. Water
taps are shut off in the winter season. For water testing information, please contact the Park Operator at 604 466-8325.


All backcountry drinking water should be filtered, boiled and/or otherwise treated
before consumption. Wash all dishes and conduct personal hygiene at least 30
metres from any water source.


Please Note: There is no permanent source of water past Alder Flats.
Depending on the season, water can be melted from the snowfield that may
remain in the northern shadow of the peak.










Group Camping

Group Camping




There are two group
campgrounds available for reservation, by any group booking a minimum
of 15 adults, with a maximum total of 50 persons. A minimum
booking fee applies and additional fees apply for extra persons. There
is a covered shelter available at the Golden Ears group site by West Canyon parking lot. The Alouette group site is located near the boat launch by the lake. Group campgrounds may be booked up to one year in advance.


Keys issued for both the Golden Ears and Alouette group campgrounds will not allow access to the main park gate on Fern Crescent. Please plan to have your entire camping party enter the park prior to the daily park closure time.



Youth group camping charges per night are $1/person (6+), with a $50 minimum and $150 maximum.
Read the Youth Group policy about Criteria for Youth Groups.


Regular group camping charges per night are the base rate for the site, which is $120.00/group site/night,
plus $5/adult (16+, minimum charge for 15 adults), plus $1/child (6-15).
Children under 6 are free!











Picnic Areas

Picnic Areas


There are four day-use beach areas on the shoreline of Alouette Lake in Golden Ears Park.


  • Alouette (South Beach) Day-use Area: Vehicle accessible area located at kilometre 7 along the main parkway. There is a sand/gravel beach with seasonal roped off swimming area, no lifeguards are on duty; canoe/kayak/pedal boat rentals are available (see “Canoeing” above). There are barbeque attachments available on some picnic tables. Bring briquettes and barbeques, fires are not permitted. Dogs are not permitted in the main part of this day-use area. There is a beach area for leashed dogs between the boat launch and the canoe rental shop.


    • Open for summer season with full services – flush toilets, drinking water taps, changehouse.

    • Open for winter season with minimal services – pit toilets only.


  • Campers Beach Day-use Area: Campers Beach is a walk-in area adjacent to Alouette and Gold Creek campgrounds. Day-use visitors can park in visitors’ parking lot beside the ticket booth. Campers Beach has a sand/gravel beach with a seasonal roped off swimming area, no lifeguards are on duty. Dogs are not permitted. A water tap is available April 1 to Thanksgiving. Only pit toilets are available.

  • North Beach Day-use Area: North Beach day-use area is adjacent to the North Beach campground, accessible on foot from the East Canyon parking lot via the North Beach Trail. The beach is sand/gravel, no lifeguards are on duty. There are only pit toilets available. Dogs are permitted on this beach, but must remain on leash.

  • Alouette (East Beach) Day-use Area: The East Beach day-use area is directly across from South Beach and only accessible by boat. Pit toilets are provided and are located a short distance up from the beach at both the north and south end.


Please Note: Fires are NOT permitted at the day-use areas. Overnight camping is NOT permitted. There is NO garbage removal at Campers Beach, North Beach and East Beach. Please take along a garbage bag and carry out ALL trash that

you generate








Pit or Flush Toilets

Pit or Flush Toilets




Pit and flush toilets
are located at Alouette and Gold Creek campgrounds and the day-use area of
the park. There are only pit toilets at North Beach campground. During winter season all flush toilet facilities are closed, pit toilets only.


Pit toilets are located at all designated backcountry camping areas and marine
campsites. Supply your own toilet paper. At no time should garbage ever be
placed in the toilet facilities!








Playground

Playground


There is a playground near the washroom/shower building in the north end of Alouette campground.






Sani-Station/Dump

Sani-Station/Dump


A sani-station/dump is available during the summer season. The sani-station/dump is located off the main parkway just before the campgrounds. The sani-station is closed from Thanksgiving Monday to March 31.


Sani-station Use Fee: $5.00 per discharge, payment by $1 and $2 coins only.








Showers

Showers


There are hot showers at no extra cost in buildings located in the Alouette and Gold Creek campgrounds. There are no showers at North Beach campground and group campgrounds. During the winter season, all shower buildings are closed.






Vehicle Accessible Camping

Vehicle Accessible Camping




There are three vehicle accessible campgrounds in this park – Gold Creek, Alouette and North Beach. The campgrounds are for the use of registered campers only; picnicking facilities are available at the Alouette (South Beach) day-use area.


Golden Ears campgrounds are extremely popular, and fill most weekends during the summer. Overnight stays are limited to 14 nights per calendar year per person. You can find photographs and descriptions of all the campsites at Discover Camping. Maximum two vehicles per campsite (both must register); there is no parking for extra vehicles within the campgrounds. Visitors parking lots are available for day parking at all campgrounds. Campsite reservations are accepted and first-come, first-served sites are also available. Camping fees are payable in cash only at the park. Campers must have a designated sleeping accommodation (RV, camper, tent trailer, RV trailer) on site in order to register.


  • Summer season (mid-June to Labour Day) – all campers check in at the ticket booth.

  • Shoulder season (April 1 to mid-June, and Labour Day to Thanksgiving)


    • campers with reservations: check the reservation board at the ticket booth for your last name/site number, and proceed directly to your reserved campsite. Staff will come by to complete your registration.

    • campers without reservations: locate an unoccupied campsite that does NOT have a “Reserved” sign, staff will come by to complete your registration. If you cannot locate a vacant campsite, check the reservation board at the ticket booth for reserved campsites that may be available on a one or two-night basis, or check with staff in the park.


Gold Creek campground is open year-round (road conditions permitting).


  • Please note: Due to campground expansion in Gold Creek, some of the facilities shown on the campground maps will be relocated.


Alouette and North Beach campgrounds are gated and locked during the shoulder season unless required as overflow (see “Campground Dates of Operation” above). Golden Ears Store and Concession is open late June to Labour Day, otherwise the closest store is in Maple Ridge approximately 14 kilometres away. Cell phone reception is poor or not available at most locations in Golden Ears Park, and there is no pay phone in or near the park.



Gold Creek Campground: open all year


Vehicle Accessible Camping Fee: $35.00 per party / night


BC Senior’s Rate (day after Labour Day to June 14 only): $17.50 per

senior party/

night. Read the

User Fees Policy

for information on Senior Camping Discounts.


Alouette Campground: open 3rd Friday in June to Labour Day


Vehicle Accessible Camping Fee: $35.00 per party / night


BC Senior’s Rate (day after Labour Day to June 14 only): $17.50 per

senior party/

night. Read the

User Fees Policy

for information on Senior Camping Discounts.


North Beach Campground: open 4th Friday in June to Labour Day


Vehicle Accessible Camping Fee: $23.00 per party / night


BC Senior’s Rate (day after Labour Day to June 14 only): $11.50 per

senior party/

night. Read the

User Fees Policy

for information on Senior Camping Discounts.








Walk-In/Wilderness Camping

Walk-In/Wilderness Camping




Backcountry Camping is permitted at designated wilderness sites only. Rustic camping sites are located at Alder Flats on the West Canyon Trail at 5.7 km, Viewpoint Beach at 4.5 km and Half Moon Beach at 9.8 km on the East Canyon Trail as well as on Panorama Ridge near the Emergency Shelter on the Golden Ears Trail at 10.7 km.


Pit toilets are available at Alder Flats Viewpoint Beach and Half Moon Beach. A seasonal porta potty is provided on Panorama Ridge during high volume use in the summer.


A backcountry camping permit, obtained through the Discover Camping website link below, is required for your overnight stay in the backcountry of Golden Ears Park. Proof of payment must be carried at all times while in the park.


Backcountry Camping Fee: $5.00 per person / night


Please pay your backcountry camping fees here:

Backcountry Registration System


Rustic marine campsites are located on the west shore of Alouette Lake at Moyer Creek, The Narrows and Alouette River (north end of the lake) as well as on the east shore of Pitt Lake, at Raven Creek, Osprey Creek South and Osprey Creek North. All of these marine campsites are only accessible by boat and pit toilets are available at each camping area. There are no mooring facilities.


Please Note: Campfires are not permitted in the backcountry in Golden Ears Park. Campfires are permitted below the high-water mark at marine sites on Alouette and Pitt Lake. Backcountry and marine campsites are user-maintained and there is no garbage removal service in any of the backcountry or marine campsites. Please take along a garbage bag and carry out all trash that you generate.








Wheelchair Access

Wheelchair Access


There are wheelchair accessible toilets at all campgrounds and in the Alouette (South Beach) day-use area. There are wheelchair accessible showers in Gold Creek and Alouette campgrounds. Four campsites at the Gold Creek campground are paved. The Spirea Universal Access Trail is wheelchair accessible. Wheelchair access is also available to the beach from parking lot #2 at the Alouette (South Beach) day-use area.






Winter Camping

Winter Camping




Winter camping is available in Gold Creek campground (unless park road is closed due to hazardous conditions). Alouette and North Beach campgrounds are closed in winter season.


During the winter season, Golden Ears Park main gate is locked from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 a.m. daily. A call-out number is posted on the main gate to contact staff for emergencies only during closed hours. Campers exiting the park on an emergency basis during closed hours cannot re-enter the park until after 8:00 a.m. the following morning. An attendant will collect the fee and complete registration on site. Payment is accepted in cash only.


Winter Camping Fee: $13.00 per party/night










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