Porteau Cove Provincial Marine Park Location and History
Established in 1981 as the first underwater park in BC, Porteau Cove is located just 15km south of Squamish on Hwy 99 on the eastern shores of Howe Sound. Situated on the most southerly fjord in North America, the park features waterfront campsites with a view over Howe Sound to the mountains beyond. An old ship has been sunk to provide interest for Scuba divers and to attract marine life. There are special facilities for divers.
The park is 50 hectares in size, and is good for picnicing, camping (60 sites), swimming, windsurfing,has a boat launch and great views over Howe Sound.
The park’s key attractions are the tidal and inter-tidal marine life with a variety of marine species to see, both along the shore and underwater.
Porteau Cove is complete with a man-made reef, a cliff dive, three sunken ships and various other wrecks. The dive to the ships is 9 – 30 m depending on the tide. The waters here are moderately shallow and are often warm. The bottom is sandy with small rocks and drop off after the reef
Fishing is not permitted inside of the provincial park.