Alice Lake - July 2016
Alice Lake Provincial Park is conveniently located between Vancouver and Whistler, approximately 10 minutes north of downtown Squamish. The park offers serviced (electricity), non-serviced, and walk-in sites with all necessary amenities (running water, flush toilets, hot showers). Canoeing and kayaking are popular activities on the lake and rentals are available during the summer months. Alice lake is a short walk from the campground but the day-use area can be very busy during summer months, so you need to arrive early to secure a spot. The park also offers a number of trails for hiking and mountain biking.
The park is located approximately 13 km north of Squamish on highway 99. The trip took us approximately 1 hour from Vancouver.
This campground offers medium to large sites which include a firepit and picnic table. Although the sites are located in the forest, the trees are not dense, so there is not a lot of privacy between sites. 55 of the 96 vehicle accessible campsites have electrical hookups at the site and there is a surcharge of $8 for these sites. The campground also offers 12 walk-in campsites and 2 group sites.
There are two shower buildings that offer free hot showers and electricity. There are also numerous fresh water taps and pit toilets located throughout the park. In addition, the campground offers a sani-dump for a $5 fee.
The lake can be used for swimming and non-motorized boat activities. If the lake is too cold, there are quite a few hiking and biking trails in the park.
Great location, very close to Squamish for any last minute purchases
One of the few provincial parks with serviced sites (electricity only)
Sani-dump, hot showers, flush toilets, and running water are available
Very popular park, so the day-use area is busy on the weekend and campsite reservations are hard to get
Regular bear activity
Sites offer minimal privacy and some sites are near the road, so there is a lot of traffic noise throughout the day.