Six new recreation sites were established in Howe Sound in 2015. These campsites are only accessible by boat and provide a vital link between the Lower Mainland, Squamish, and the Sunshine Coast. They were developed jointly by the BC Marine Trails Network Association and the Trans Canada Trail Foundation with the assistance of the Squamish First Nation, local Regional Districts and municipalities and Recreational Sites and Trails BC (RSTBC), a branch of the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations.
In the Spring of 2017, SKABC entered into a formal partnership agreement with RSTBC to look after maintenance of the sites at:
- Ramillies Channel
- Bain Creek
- Thornbrough Channel
- Islet View
- Zorro Bay
- Tantalus Landing
The club’s involvement started in 2015. Work has involved have re-positioning boulders to make boat runs, brushing and levelling tent pads, putting in steps up steep banks to facilitate access, installing picnic tables, adding signage, building short trails, removing hazard trees, installing bear-proof food cache boxes, stringing up bear cache wires. In addition, maintenance trips starting in 2017 have picked up garbage left behind by thoughtless visitors and clearing away unwanted and poorly placed unofficial fire rings.
SKABC's future plans include installing low maintenance composting toilets, improved and increasing the number of tent pads. Access trails will be improved too, including kayak 'parking' at sites with inadequate beach space. Look for our visitor logbooks to sign in, make suggestions for physical improvements or report on how the site is being managed. Suggestions can also be sent to our Howe Sound Steward at firstname.lastname@example.org. We hope visitors will send in comments with their smartphones while they are still at a site.
Here's a video tour of the Howe Sound Campsites:
SKABC volunteers visit and maintain each site at least twice annually, at the start (May) and at the end (October) of the main camping season. Transportation of people tools and supplies are generally by power boat or water taxi. Through fundraising events and donations, we seek to keep access to these sites free to the general public.
SKABC accepts donations to fund future improvements and maintenance to the Howe Sound campsites. Thank you for supporting this great recreational opportunity.