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Old 08-19-2013, 12:01 PM   #1
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Camping near Chilliwack

I know it's early, but I'm already starting to think about our trek next June to Chilliwack. We will pick up the trailer in mid June and then plan to stay in the area for a couple of weeks to make sure everything is okay. I'd love to hear about people's favorite campgrounds. We're not sure which side of the border we'll be on, but I suspect that campgrounds in Canada might be nicer.
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Old 08-19-2013, 07:42 PM   #2
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Tammy and Reace can help you with campgrounds near the factory.
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Old 08-19-2013, 08:01 PM   #3
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We stayed at Cultis Lake Provincial Park near Chilliwack in July and it was quite disappointing. Very busy, crowded, poor site, and my two kids and I got stung about ten times between us by a swarm of wasps. Maybe others have a better experience there.

We also stayed a couple of nights at Porteau Cove Provincial Park near Squamish in July. Was also very busy, but we enjoyed this park tremendously with an ocean front site and awesome views.
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Old 08-19-2013, 11:59 PM   #4
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The Cottonwood RV Park is the closest "camping" to the factory. When we were there the Mosquitos were so bad that we could not even eat outside, and this is coming from an Albertan, where Mosquitos were invented! It is also very expensive, but it is clean. I agree, Cultus Lake is a zoo, but Chilliwack Lake is very nice, and close by. I have not camped in Manning Provincial Park, but most BC Provincial Parks are great. The Washington State Parks just across the border on the coast are also great.
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Old 08-20-2013, 12:25 AM   #5
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This has been a bad year for mosquitoes, pretty much everywhere. Hopefully, the hatch is over for this year and a few years to come.
That said, I can't imagine spending two weeks in the Chilliwack area. Need to know something about your camping style to help.
If you like to boondock, Kane Lakes near Merritt has a couple forestry sites for $12 a night ( $6 for seniors ). You get a picnic table and pit toilets. No water or anything else. Pack your garbage out. On the lake, with fishing. Maybe two hours from Chilliwack.
If you want services, Nk'Mip Resort in Osoyoos is on the lake, has full service, cable, and will have a casino this fall. Has a winery, tasting room, pools, hot tubs etc. Probably four hours from Chilliwack.
I'd spend a day or two in Chilliwack area, with trips to Walmart for supplies and then get out of Dodge.
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Old 08-20-2013, 01:02 AM   #6
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On the U.S. side of the border we are thinking hard about Larrabee State Park. It is near the coast, bellow Bellingham, 1 hr 17 min from Chilliwack.
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Larabee is nice, and further south is Deception Pass, which we really liked.
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Old 08-20-2013, 03:35 PM   #8
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Baglo, when we camp we like to be in beautiful places where there are good hikes and hopefully somewhere to swim (although I know the lakes are pretty cold there). I don't think we'll be wanting to go down too many dirt roads right at the beginning. Doesn't matter if there are hookups.
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Chilliwack lake has lots of really good hiking and very scenic area. Lake is swimmable but very cold not usually all that busy especially mid week. I go there regularly. for facilities just outhouses and water

Manning park again is excellent for hiking very scenic and good for swimming but again the lake is very cold. This park has full facilities

Cultas lake... Excellent lake for swimming but very busy area and hiking is not all that great. I wouldn't recommend unless you were going mid week before summer vacation. full facilities

There is also golden ears park again very nice area with lots of hiking. Very scenic. lake is a little warmer than the other two also. full facilities

There are many more sites depending on what you want to do. Those are the major ones that I would recommend. If you need anymore advice let me know.. I'm usually at a site in the area at least two or three times a month
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Also if you go to www.discovercamping.ca that is all the reservable sites in B.C
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