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Old 08-19-2013, 11:01 AM   #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, 06:42 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, 07:01 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, 10:59 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 08-19-2013, 11:25 PM   #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, 12:02 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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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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Just to clarify by full facilities I mean. Flushing toilets and Showers. None o these sites have hookups.
If you want cell reception only Cultas lake will give you that and golden ears will give you some spotty service down near the lake
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We stayed at Royalwood golf resort after getting work done early this month. Not as nice as Cottonwood, bot $12 less expensive with full hookups. It was OK for 3 days, but not worth 2 weeks unless you plan only to sleep there. If you are thinking of going south, there is a really nice KOA at Lynden--about 30 minutes from the factory. It has full services, a pool, showers and a small lake where I think they allow fishing. And there were no mosquitos or black flys. We spent 4 days there before we left for Yellowknife.
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Sasquatch Provincial Park has two camp site areas. It is just to the east of Harrison Lake which is east of Chilliwack a short distance. I believe there may be a bit of gravel road into the area.

Heading the other direction, west, there is Porteau cove as someone mentioned between Vancouver and Squamish. Just past Squamish a few kms is Alice Lake Provincial park. Some sites there have electric hookups and the park has shower facilities. There is another private camp site south of Whislter on Highway 99 near Brandywine Falls called Whistler RV Park & Campground. I have not been in there but it is relatively new place. Whistler has a camp site called Riverside Resort.

Lots of great hiking and mountains in the Whistler area. Whistler would be about 200 km from Chilliwack.

A drive up the Fraser Canyon east of Chilliwack is a beautiful area. There is a provincial camp site in the canyon called Skihist. Can be hot and dry there in the summer.

Here is a link to the BC Provincial camp sites.

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There are a lot of very nice places within a relatively short drive from Chilliwack.
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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.
Ruthe:

On our maiden voyage we went to Bay View State Park, which is about 1 1/2 hours south of Vancouver BC near Mount Vernon WA. This might be a good spot for you too:
  1. It is not too far from the Escape factory although we had no problems that required a trip back
  2. There are lots of things to see in the area: Whidbey Island, Anacortes, Port Townsend -- one of our favourite places to visit
    Ladybug's Maiden Voyage - a set on Flickr
  3. There is good shopping nearby in Mount Vernon and Burlington, including a large Walmart that carries RV gear and a Camping World
  4. There are nice camping spots: we prefer the ones in front that have a view of the bay -- try to reserve site #2, #3 or #4
  5. There are several interesting hikes from the campground
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Old 08-21-2013, 09:17 AM   #15
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Thanks Brian -- it sounds like another good place for us -- particularly since we have family in Washington State.
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We just got our 19 on August 13 th. our plan was to go back into Canada and stay at cottonwood meadows. Reace brought the trailer across the border around 1130. At that point there was a couple hour wait to get back into Canada. We decided to go down the road and found an rv park with a pull thru ( no backing skills and my first real tow) about 30 minutes away.

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Camperland is about 15 min. east of the factory on hwy 1. Very nice, upscale, and crazy expensive -- like $55 a night. But in my case, worth if for the swimming pool and jacuzzi. Worked wonders on the sore back and butt.

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Any ideas on campsites head back east through
Washington State about 4- 5 ours out of Chilliwack ?
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Any ideas on campsites head back east through
Washington State about 4- 5 ours out of Chilliwack ?
If you are headed back on highway 20, which is the most scenic path across the state, I recommend staying at the Newhalem Campground in the North Cascades National Park. The C loop is reservable, which is only necessary if you will be there on the weekends.

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Old 11-22-2013, 03:38 PM   #20
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Colonial creek campground on Diablo Lake on hwy 20. It is about 3 hrs from Chilliwack and has 129 sites.

It has restrooms with flush toilets, water available, but no hookups. There are a number of other sites in that North Cascades area.
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