Cedar Lake Recreation Site

Regional Park

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1400 Cedar Lake Forest Service Rd.
Golden, BC, Canada V0A 1H2
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GPS: 51.2636, -116.9848

Last Price Paid: $0
Number of Sites: 10
Open Seasonally: Yes
Tent Camping: Yes

Accessibility is not guaranteed, always scout ahead before driving down dirt roads.
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Margot Bai
Toronto, ON, Canada 17' Taylor Coach Nik Nat 2017 Toyota Tacoma
121 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 5
Site Number: 2

Margot Bai would stay here again

“Rustic public campground in the mountains just 15 minutes outside the town of Golden BC”

Reviewed Oct 21, 2017

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With just 10 campsites nestled in a mountain forest setting, this public campground provides a close connection with nature. Tall spruce trees surround the campsites: the earlier sites 1 – 5 are more open with less privacy but better sun exposure and closer to Cedar Lake. Sites 6-10 are more secluded and deeper making them better for larger rigs.

The campground is open from May 1 to Oct 15 and costs $12 per night to camp. Outside these dates, the campground remains open and accessible and you can camp there for free. The website says it is closed outside these dates, but the signage at the campground does not, and there is no gate barring access. A local confirmed it is fine to camp there off-season. To get there, you drive 8 km up the mountain on a paved road Kicking Horse Pass. Turn left on Dog Tooth Road, a gravel road with some ruts and potholes but entirely passable and only about 2 km to the campground.

Cedar Lake itself is small but pretty with a day use area at the lake with parking, pit toilets and picnic tables. A trail runs along one side and there is a rope with a platform you can swing high over the water and jump in. There is an extensive network of super pretty trails in the area. Signage on the trails provides some guidance; you can also see the trails on Google Maps to help you find your way.

Cell signal was excellent at the campground. The campground has 2 pit toilet buildings but no dump station. There are 2 dump stations in the town of Golden. The one at the visitor centre is more accessible, right off Highway 1 but charges $7 by pay station and was already closed for the season when we were there in late October. The other dump station is located in town at the Golden Municipal Campground and is free! However this campground is open May 1 to Oct 31 – dump station is likely closed outside the operating season.

The town of Golden is gorgeous in a valley surrounded by the Rocky Mountains and with a river running throught it. A lovely network of urban trails follow the Kicking Horse River, including a gorgeous timber frame pedestrian bridge. The town has a library with free wifi, a brewery, restaurants, a cinema and a vibrant main strip. A business called Free Energy on Highway 1 near the A&W filled our 20lb propane tank for just $16 and had a small store with RV supplies.

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  • dry camping
  • picnic area
  • swimming beach
Site Amenities:
  • fire ring
  • picnic table
  • restrooms: vault
  • trash
  • pets


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