Summer in BC starts with the May long weekend and everyone goes camping. Since the days of spontaneously packing up the old canvas tent and a cooler full of food, packing the six kids in the back seat of the old woody, throwing the 100 pound canoe on top of the roof and stuffing in one change of clothes per person, camping has evolved!
Nobody needed reservations. Nobody needed maps. Nobody needed to send out a cyber message that would bring 300 close friends running to meet you out in the woods.
Four ways to go camping;
The “realistic” Camper - www.discovercamping.ca
Under the heading of pick your Provincial park or campground choose Sasquatch.
You will then be given options for the three sites within Sasquatch Park…Hick’s lake, Bench Campground or Lakeside.
- FCFS –( first come, first served) remember, check out is 11am
- All campsites in Sasquatch Park allow wood fires.
- No shower facility, pit toilets only.
The “civilized” Camper:
Need we say more. Harrison offers some great RV sites check our listing.
The Redneck Camper:
The term Redneck has become widely used as a "badge of honor" for those camping in the more remote areas of our region. For camping up the East or West side of Harrison lake visit: http://www.sitesandtrailsbc.ca/default.aspx
- Click on find a site by Location
- Click on Chilliwack
- Scroll to East Harrison or West Harrison.
Remember that west Harrison is accessed from Harrison Mills and not through the Village of Harrison. Your turn off point for West Harrison or the Chehalis forest Service Road is Highway 7 and Morris Valley road. For the East Side of Harrison Lake access is through the Village of Harrison Hot Springs and up Rockwell Drive.
These are remote areas and not for the unexperienced camper. Make sure you have enough fuel, a working spare tire and the means with which to change it. Water and food. Blankets (there is a fair amount of elevation gain the further up lake you go and this can put you into some fairly cold areas.) Make sure that someone at home knows where you have gone and when to expect you back. There is little to no cell phone service and if you break down or need medical assistance you will need to send someone out before help can come in. Only use a 4x4 vehicle or a car you really don’t like.
And here’s a tip…if you have to send someone out (at least 2 hours) and then wait for the ambulance (at least 2 hours), make sure that the person going to get help knows which side of the lake you are on. There aren’t enough ambulances to send one up each side trying to hunt you down on a road where road signs do not exist and directions rely on landmarks as in “When you see the flipped over blue truck, turn.”
The “I want to be spontaneous and use a tent” Camper
Unless you have reservations somewhere, leave the tent at home. Finding tenting sites is difficult at the best of times…on hot long weekends…torture.