Porteau Cove Provincial Park, Sea to Sky Highway

Surrounded by the fjord-like Howe Sound, Porteau Cove offers beautiful views along its rim, connecting ocean as well as the sunset occurring to the West. This Sea to Sky Highway stop is also a popular camping, diving and viewpoint area. CREDIT: Venture Vancouver, SOURCE: www.venturevancouver.com

Porteau Cove (and Porteau Cove Provincial Park), surrounded by Howe Sound offers beautiful sunsets from its shoreline.





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Located 38 kilometres north of the beginning of the Sea to Sky Highway in West Vancouver, Porteau Cove Provincial Park is a popular camp site and diving location. With its sunken boat reef the area provides a home for marine creatures while also offering calm waters in this southern fjord. Surrounded by Howe Sound, Porteau Cove is a popular viewpoint - the small peninsula offers view of the surrounding mountains, forests and ocean as well as stunning sunsets.

The Sea to Sky Highway along British Columbia's West Coast along Howe Sound offers stunning views of snow capped mountains, ocean and scenic temperate forests. The highway, a beautiful stretch of road, is too narrow for viewpoints making the few accessible areas popular destinations for travellers. One such area is Porteau Cove located half an hour (38 km north) from Vancouver encompassing a lower peninsula with a parking lot at sea level overlooking the surrounding highway, mountains and ocean.

Porteau Cove is best known locally as a diving area for beginners and throughout the year clubs, small groups and classes converge to the shores to learn the basics or to have their first underwater experience in the calm but scenic marine environment (created when a ship was sunk to provide homes for fish and other creatures).

The Cove is also a popular summer destination - as well as a viewpoint it is a Provincial Park encompassing 50 hectares with many amenities such as camping, hiking, biking, swimming, fishing, windsurfing, a boat launch and public facilities. Open from late Winter (March) to Fall (September), Porteau Cove is a popular destination as it is both close to Vancouver but offering the beautiful West Coast scenery.

No matter the time of year, Porteau Cove (translated from French to: Water's Gate) on North America's most southerly fjord is a beautiful space to enjoy along the Sea to Sky Highway.

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Uncovering a range of land along the Sea to Sky Highway, low tide at Porteau Cove offers visitors a glimpse into why the area is a popular diving spot. Underneath rocks, dozens of crabs scuttle along the rocky shores with interesting eels and other creatures to be found during these exploration periods.
One of the region's most visited diving areas, the calm waters along the shores of Howe Sound have made Porteau Cove along the Sea to Sky Highway a well known diving area. With stunning views and interesting marine sea life and vegetation, beginners to advanced divers can always be found off the shores of this inlet.
Porteau Cove Provincial Park, located 38 kilometres from Horseshoe Bay along the Sea to Sky Highway offers many activities such as camping, hiking, water sports including diving, one of the most popular uses of the Park.

Location of Porteau Cove Provincial Park

Use the interactive map below to locate and explore the areas around Porteau Cove Provincial Park

Along the Sea to Sky Highway about half an hour from Horseshoe Bay - look for signs indicating a westward road.

Map of Sea to Sky Highway

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