Squamish Campground Project - An Affordable Place to Stay

Oct 6, 2016 at 11:36
by Pinkbike Staff  
Mamquam River Campground images.

The Sea to Sky Synergy Project provides youth in the justice system with mentoring and employment opportunities to make meaningful changes in their lives. It has been working in the community of Squamish with some of its most vulnerable members for 20 years.

Long-time community member, John Harvey has a vision to replicate the model he's created (see the video below); including a re-invigoration of Community Work Service (CWS to the Courts) to build an affordable not for profit campground.




8 acres of Crown land in the geographic center of Squamish, the "outdoor rec capital of Canada" saved for funky, cheap camping. And yes, bikers will camp there too.

There is a big fundraising event Oct 28th at the Valhalla store in Squamish at 7 PM, Mountain Adventure Show, and more. Door prize, silent auction, beer by donation with all proceeds in support of Mamquam River Campground.

The proposed Mamquam River Campground will serve the biking community in a big way. It will become famous as a cheap camping option for those that can't afford the hotels, etc.

Mamquam River Campground images.

Mamquam River Campground images.

www.mamquamrivercampground.ca


23 Comments

  • + 17
 Good idea, squamish is really short of camping, but they will need strictly enforced time stay limits or it will just be full of climbers living there all summer
  • + 1
 yep more camping would be awesome not only in the Squamish area but up north towards Whistler and Pemberton as well! One of the things that I mentioned to the folks taking surveys at the Trailheads. good to see it coming to action!!
  • + 2
 They need to replicate the idea by the stawamus river so the climbers can stay where they already are (it makes logistical sense too)
  • + 6
 The mosquitoes are the size of small birds and the bears come around asking for handouts.
Always raining.
Check out Mohab or Whistler.
Why would any one want to spend a night in Squamtom.?
  • + 8
 Perfect.. one less person.
  • + 6
 Don't forget the meth labs
  • + 4
 That sounds a lot like Bowen islands tag line... "don't forget to leave"
  • + 0
 Check out whistler? Are you f*cking drunk mate? Clearly you have no idea about Whis no offence bud.
  • + 0
 Yes! All true! Don't come and ride our endless trails, climb our mountains, or drink our beer! Nowhere to camp here anyway!
  • + 3
 They don't call it Squantanamo Bay or Squampton for nothing. Pack your heat on the trails. @leelau , funny enough, they actually did have a SWAT team raid a crack shack downtown Squamish yesterday, helicopter and all.
  • + 2
 @Gski: unfortunately I was only half joking

Surrey by the Sea
  • + 2
 @leelau:
I thought that was nanaimo's old nickname!
  • + 2
 @leelau: it was.. but squamledesh has a certain sister city feel at times.
  • + 2
 @joeyrotundo: For sure. @erikwyattatmedotcom has it right and Nanaimo is Squampton by the Sea. But one can make a strong argument for Squamish to take that crown
  • + 7
 Affordable and accessible camping in such a beautiful place should be available to all... except pikeys of course.
  • + 1
 I live a few blocks away. Great use for this particular property, we need more non profit or B.C. Park camping within 150 km of the GVRD. Many of our US American friends will feel at home with the SV Rod and Gun Club at such close report.
  • + 1
 I've known John Harvey for years and I can assure you that the amount of time and commitment he has been putting into this campground is top notch. It will be an excellent place for anyone to stay for its proximity to everything from climbing to world class MTB trails.
  • + 2
 This is properly brilliant! Adds an element of cost-effectiveness that will hopefully cause more people to come support the Squamish tourism economy!
  • + 1
 It's a good idea, but I can't help but think it will be impossible to get a spot there. Given how under-served Whistler is as well for camping and how close it is to Vancouver, it is difficult to meet the demand.
  • + 0
 Hoping this will happen and reduce the current dirtbag camping situation in squish....I have no qualms with proper backcountry camping, but the sheer number of people shitting / car camping near trail heads with no facilities can't be a good thing
  • + 2
 It's a good start, Squamish is great! Maybe a local death penalty for bike theft as well, So we don't have to cuddle our rides at night!
  • + 3
 This is awesome! BC needs more bare bones affordable campsites!
  • + 0
 It's gonna suck cause the dirt bags will just fuck it up

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