Quiet Camping At Birkenhead Lake Provincial Park

Last Updated on October 11, 2020

We love to have at least one summer camping adventure. This year, because of Covid, we will be staying closer to home, and will be spending a lot of time where the wifi is weak. With British Columbia in Phase 3, we are now able to travel around the Province. We always have a “better reason” to explore outside of BC, so this is giving us the perfect excuse to learn and see more of our Province. There is so much that we have yet to discover in beautiful British Columbia. Since the summer started, we have been so in awe of all the little gems we had not yet made time for, like camping at Birkenhead Lake.

We love the feeling of the open road, and there’s always magic found up a long dirt road. Birkenhead Provincial Park was definitely no exception. Up a long service road is a gorgeous campground and lake; a little slice of BC heaven.

We love the ease that comes with camping. There is no schedule, sleep when you want, go to the lake when you want, huddling around a campfire. It is the simple life. We also love going to sleep under the stars and at Birkenhead we woke in the morning to the sound of the rushing Phelix Creek and birds happily singing away.

The campsites were pretty full, yet the camping at Birkenhead Lake was quiet, and there were never many people at the lake entrance by our campsite. There were only a couple families lakeside whenever we were. It felt like we had that little slice of paradise to ourselves.

Camping at Birkenhead Lake was a blast. We had my kids’ favourite person, Auntie DD, along for the fun. The kids love when she travels with us; they never want her to go home. They even fought over who got to stay in Auntie DD’s tent each night with her. They all have such an irreplaceable bond.

There was a great 1km Goat Lookout Trail that started right from the campground. The rewarding views of the lake at the end are well worth the hard work. Keep in mind though, there are some dangerous drop-offs along the trail, so keep your kids within reach at all times. Hiking up with three kids almost-seven and under was a challenge, but they did SO well.

There are also bears in the area, so be bear prepared. Darcy saw a black bear not far from the campground gate one morning, but that was our only sighting. The bear also just happily carried on its way.

We had so much tasty camp food this time — we roasted hotdogs over the campfire, made “camping nachos”, pancakes, jiffy pop, roasted corn on the cob, and had a great variety of s’mores. Time and time again, I’m convinced that food just tastes better when it is prepared outdoors over a campfire or camping stove.

We played UNO, Go Fish and had a lot of fun with our velco ball and catch game, badminton rackets, other simple pleasures at the campsite. It kept the kids entertained for hours.

Birkenhead Lake Provincial Park Facilities

These campsites are drive-in for easy access. They have pit toilets (the cleanest I have ever seen), water, garbage and a sani-station. There are no showers, but you could easily set up a camp shower if you want to freshen up. We found camping at Birkenhead Lake to feel quite private, as we were well surrounded by forest. Campsites are gravel and have a fire pit and picnic table.

Make sure you check for fire bans as every summer they are restricted as the summer goes on.

How To Get There

Birkenhead Provincial Park was a gorgeous drive up the Sea-To-Sky Highway from Vancouver, a drive we could never be tired of. Birkenhead Provincial Park is located 90 km north of Whistler, one of our favourite local places for adventure. To get there, follow Highway 99 north from Whistler. In Pemberton follow the signs to Mount Currie and then to D’Arcy. The turnoff to the park is 33 km from the turnoff to D’Arcy. The park is 17 km from this point on a good quality, loose gravel road.

An attempted-fun-note: Darcy doesn’t use the apostrophe in his spelling, but we tried to make our way past Birkenhead to D’Arcy, BC for a little laugh and photo, but some communities are not accepting any through traffic still. There were a lot of signs telling you to go away and turn around, so we respectfully did so.

Take a wander through our campground adventure: 

Kids enjoying the lake view at Birkenhead Lake in Pemberton, BC
The kids having moments like these with their siblings is why we travel with them.
Whistler, BC
Passing through one of our favourite places, Whistler, en route to Pemberton.
Road to Pemberton, BC
The views were incredible all the way up the sea-to-sky and beyond!
Mountain views in Pemberton, BC
Imagine waking up to that view every day? WOW!
Mountain views along the dirt road to Birkenhead Lake in Pemberton, BC
Searching for magic along this long dirt road.

Mountain views in Pemberton, BC

Mountain views in Pemberton, BC

Mountain views in Pemberton, BC

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Scenic view along the service road to Birkenhead Lake in Pemberton, BC

Aerial views along the dirt road on the way to Birkenhead Lake in Pemberton, BC
We were so blown away by the beauty that we had to stop for some drone views.
Campsite aerial in Birkenhead Lake in Pemberton, BC
A simple setup, and amazing memories.
Family camping at Birkenhead Lake in Pemberton, BC
Family photo
Campsite at Birkenhead Lake in Pemberton, BC
Gorgeous spot to set up camp!
Kids with floaties at Birkenhead Lake in Pemberton, BC
We kept the floaties more simple this time. We usually have a monster floatie, but really didn’t have the space for a long journey. They were so thrilled with their jellyfish, pizza and Jacob only wanted that tiny little tube! haha
Family camping at Birkenhead Lake in Pemberton, BC
Auntie DD is a fabulous travel buddy!

Family roasting hot dogs at Birkenhead Lake in Pemberton, BC

Kids roasting marshmallows at Birkenhead Lake in Pemberton, BC

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Everything you need for s'mores at Birkenhead Lake in Pemberton, BC
Our S’mores spread

Making s'mores at Birkenhead Lake in Pemberton, BC

Making s'mores at Birkenhead Lake in Pemberton, BC

S'more made with ROLO
Rolo S’mores too!
The night sky camping at Birkenhead Lake in Pemberton, BC
On clear nights I love staying up late to watch the stars appear in the night sky.

The night sky camping at Birkenhead Lake in Pemberton, BC

Happy kids camping at Birkenhead Lake in Pemberton, BC
Auntie DD’s little tent was perfect to keep Olivia safe to play when we needed to be hands free for a moment.
Ready for a camping meal at Birkenhead Lake in Pemberton, BC
Pancake breakfast of champions

camping pancakes for breakfast at Birkenhead Lake in Pemberton, BC

Camping nachos at Birkenhead Lake in Pemberton, BC
Nachos! We warmed up the toppings on the camping stove and decided to just dump it all over the table and devour. SO good!

Camping nachos at Birkenhead Lake in Pemberton, BC

Bee on a wildflower at Birkenhead Lake in Pemberton, BC
Simple beauty around the campground. I have never seen a bee work so fast and furious.
Hiking The Goat Lookout Trail at Birkenhead Lake in Pemberton, BC
The beginning of the Goat trail off the campground
Kids hiking along Birkenhead Lake in Pemberton, BC
We had a little bit of rain overnight, luckily just one night. Three different ways to make it over a puddle.
Kids playing cards camping at Birkenhead Lake in Pemberton, BC
So much laughter and great memories in the making when you camp with your kids.
Family smiling in tie dye shirts at Birkenhead Lake in Pemberton, BC
When there are so many kids to get to cooperate and look at the camera, this is the best it gets these days!

 

Camping with kids is always such an incredible adventure. Their curiosity brings out the kid in all of us. They continually remind us to not care who is watching (because really, nobody is watching you anyways), and to really appreciate the simple parts of life. I love that our kids really genuinely enjoy being in nature and love seeing the happiness that brings.

 

What are some of your favourite memories camping with your kids, or as a kid?