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Camping Whistler

Whether you are looking to free camp on a forest road, camp in designated campsites, or want full hookups at a luxury RV park, this complete guide to camping in Whistler will help you.

Whistler is one of our all-time favorite travel destinations.  With an abundance of outdoor adventures, epic shopping, lively events, and incredible culinary experiences, there is something for everyone in Whistler.

We’ve been traveling full-time in our RV for 8 years and are always searching for the best campgrounds along the way.

Sometimes it is nice to get off-grid, save money, and feel secluded in the forest, and other times I just want a free hot shower and all the luxury that I can get while still having the freedom to roam in my RV.

Camping in Squamish + Whistler: Sea to Sky Camping Guide
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Since we do travel in an RV, and by the looks of how many CanaDream, Crusie Canada, and Adventurer RVs we see traveling the Sea to Sky highway, we directed this blog more towards people traveling in RVs or vans.

This blog has great options if you are looking for some epic tent campsites near Whistler.

RV Camping Whistler

Riverside Resort

Rates: $64-72 (plus taxes) per night from May 1-Oct 9, $56-$60 (plus taxes) per night from Oct 10-April 30; Tent Sites are $43 per night (plus taxes) May 1-Oct 9 and are $26 Oct 10 – Dec 18 and Jan 3 – Apr 30. 
Big Rig Friendly: Yes
Showers: Yes, CAD 1 for 5 minutes
WiFi: Yes + Free

If money isn’t an object, this is THE campground you want to stay at in Whistler. I loved how spacious the campground felt.  

It has it all and is in the perfect location if you want to be near Whistler Village, Lost Lake, and many of the biking and hiking trails. Getting a site will be your biggest challenge because they fill up fast seeing as they are the only option in town. 

Camping in Whistler at Riverside RV Park
Spacious campsite at Riverside RV Park in Whistler

There are 6 sections, with the lower three all being very close to the playground and sand volleyball area.  

The cabins are right by the main reception building that houses the laundry, mini market, and a full-service cafe.  

Right behind that is the full hookup RV site, which is right next to the paved bike path, The Valley Trail, that takes you into Whistler Village.  

Just on the other side of the bike path is the tent camping area.

As far as tent camping goes, this wouldn’t be my first pick unless I was in desperate need of some showers, but the location is great if you want to be close to town.

The other three areas are located across a one-lane bridge and up the hill a bit, but they are closer to the Scandinave Spa as well as the mountain biking and hiking trails that surround Lost Lake.  

I preferred staying up here.  There is a multi-use area that has a partial hookup area for RVs up to 26 feet and at the top near the spa is the area with the yurts.  Click here to get prices for the yurts and cabins.

The yurts looked awesome btw and I would want to stay in those if I was not traveling in an RV and wanted to spend some time at the spa, hiking, and mountain biking.  

Camping in Whistler at Riverside RV Park

Campground Highlights

  • Centrally Located: One of the best parts of Whistler is that there is an extravagant network of bike paths that connect various sections of Whistler.  When you stay at Riverside Resort, you are literally on the bike path and minutes away from epic mountain biking, shopping and eating in Whistler Village, and scenic swimming and relaxing at Lost Lake.
  • Amenities Galore: Riverside Resort has all the amenities you want in an RV resort…hot showers, a dump station, full hookups, a dishwashing station, a laundromat, trash and recycling, a full-service cafe, and a playground.
  • Hot Showers: While the showers weren’t free, at least they were relatively cheap–only CAD 1 for 5 minutes. 
  • Free WiFi: The WiFi is free and works relatively well.  It wasn’t fast enough to upload or download videos but it was great for web browsing and social media.  The WiFi also seemed to work better from the upper camping area than when we stayed in the lower.  
  • Dish Washing Stations: Next to every restroom/shower building is a dishwashing station which is great for tent campers (or large families like me traveling in an RV that is completely broken:/)  
  • Lending Library: My kids loved that you could borrow movies for free from the front desk, there was a book exchange library, and board games to borrow. 
  • Laundromat: There is a laundromat on site, which is also available to the public. Laundry costs about $4 for the washer and $3 for a 45-minute dryer cycle. 

Overall

Overall, if you are coming to Whistler and want to partake in the numerous things to do in the town of Whistler, this is where you want to stay.

I highly recommend coming here with mountain bikes because then it’s really fast to get to town and you can explore all the great trails surrounding Lost Lake, many of which were easy enough for my 8-year-old to ride. If bikes don’t work in your agenda don’t worry, there are many places to rent bikes or you should take a hike to Lost Lake via Lower Panorama Trail.

It’s relatively expensive however if you are used to staying in privately owned campgrounds and KOAs that cost $50-100 a night for camping with a resort-like feel, then it’s not too bad. We rarely camp so luxuriously so it felt expensive to us but I did feel like the location makes the price worthwhile.

Whistler RV Park

Rates: Full Hook Up Sites May 1-Oct 1 $60-$65 per night (plus taxes); $50 per night (plus taxes) Oct 1-May 1 *up to 2 adults and 2 children (all additional children or adults are $5/night, plus pets are $5 per night); Tent Sites are $45 per night (plus taxes) and available May 1-Sept 30.  These non-serviced sites can fit trucks with campers and small RV’s.
Showers: Yes + Free
Large RV Friendly: Yes
WiFi: Yes, but it costs $10 per 24 hours (it’s fast though)

If the busy village of Whistler isn’t your thing and you want a campground with views and trails, then camping a few miles south of Whistler might be better for you.  

Whistler RV Park Campground
Being further from the hustle and bustle of Whistler Village, Whistler RV Park, and Campground is a destination in itself with amazing scenery
Photo credit and copyright: WhistlerRVPark.com

This campground feels more like a destination in itself, especially for those wanting access to the snowmobile trails in winter and ATV trails in summer.

There are two main sections, the full hookup area, which has great views of the surrounding mountains, and a tent camping area, which sits under the canopy of the forest, and can fit RV’s up to 24′.

Campground Highlights

  • Frisbee and Wiffle Golf: The campground has a frisbee golf and wiffle golf course, and while it sounds fun, they are both in the forest and unless you are really good, you will spend more time trying to recover your disc or ball from the underbrush than actually playing.
  • Taxi Service: If you want to go to town and not have to unhook and drive your RV, there are taxi services that will pick you up from the campground.
  • Trails Nearby: There are trails directly from the campground and it’s only a short drive from here to many of the best trailheads like Garibaldi Lakes.
  • Activities + Excursions: Whistler Stables is based at the Whistler RV Park and Campground and there is paintball nearby.  Also, Daily Bear Photo Safaris and Olympic Venue Tours will pick you up at the campground if you sign up for their excursions.
  • Free Showers: The showers here are free but they are warm but not super hot and you have to push the button every 5 seconds.
  • Dishwashing Station: There is also a dishwashing station but only cold water and there was no trash nearby, which made cleaning the food out of the dishes a bit of a challenge.
  • Fast WiFi: Even though you have to pay for the WiFi, it was nice to have fast WiFi.

Overall

 Whistler RV Park is cool if you want to Sled-in, Sled-out/ ATV-in, or ATV-out.  The views are epic and if you aren’t on a tight budget or don’t need to be right in the heart of Whistler, this campground has everything you need. As a digital nomad, I appreciated how fast the WiFi was, even though I had to pay extra for it.

The negative here is that it’s pricey for being so remote.  For the same amount of money, you can stay in Whistler and have just as many amenities plus the option to go out to eat and explore.

Free RV Camping Whistler

Wedgemont Trailhead

Rates: Free
Showers: No
Large RV Friendly: RVs over 30 feet are not recommended
WiFi: No

I love free camping especially when it is in a spot that feels safe and is easy to get to. If I have cell service there then I’m really in heaven!

This free camping spot is right by a river and has places to tent camp or just pull up and sleep in your RV/car. It’s not ideal if you are pulling a trailer, but if you are a really good driver, there is a large dirt area to turn around after you cross the one-lane bridge (not sure if I am confident enough to do it, but I know there are people out there that would in a trailer).

Free Camping Spot in Whistler
Free camping on the river outside of Whistler

Finding the free camping area here is very easy.

As you drive north out of Whistler and past Green Lake, just look for the signs for the Wedgemont Hike and turn right there. You’ll immediately see a parking area on the left that you can park at or, go over the one-lane bridge to an even larger dirt parking area.

You probably won’t be alone as this has become a very popular camping spot. You can also head left up the road towards the actual trailhead for Wedgemont and there are a few spots that fit an RV/car (no turnaround for trailers though).  

Campground Highlights

  • Cell service: As a digital nomad, I loved that I had a cell signal here and could work off my hotspot. If your carrier happens to not work (if mine does, yours probably will because I have T-Mobile and they seem to not work very many places)
  • Close to civilization: You can’t walk to town from here, but you are only a few miles from town which is really nice.  You are also very close to Green Lake here.
  • Noise: I preferred to camp right by the road which meant I could hear cars drive by but that road really isn’t that busy so it was fine for me. If you go over the bridge it’s much quieter. 
  • Facilities: There’s nothing here other than the river running by. Please help protect the forest and keep these great free camping areas open by picking up your trash

A quick note about this trailhead

The hike to Wedgemont Lake has been on our bucket list for a while and on this last visit to Whistler I had the confidence to try and get to the trailhead, after all, it’s only 2 km up this dirt road.

I attempted it late in the evening when there wasn’t much traffic and despite the warnings of an 18% grade, we (barely) made it to the top (we have a 30-foot RV btw). But once up there I thought How the heck am I going to get back down the next day if there is traffic?

It’s a narrow and steep descent to the bottom with very few turnouts. I bailed and went back to the bottom that night and so Wedgemont gets left on the bucket list until we visit with a smaller vehicle.

You don’t need high clearance for this one, but I don’t recommend it for RV’s! However, you could probably get to the Cheakamus Lake trailhead south of Whistler since it’s wider and less steep but do it early or late since it can get busy.


Camping Near Whistler

On the way from Whistler to Squamish there are two camping opportunities, Cheakamus Canyon and Cal-Cheak.

Cheakamus Canyon

Cheakamus Canyon Climbing Area has a primitive campground adjacent to some awesome rock climbing. It was recently renovated and has nice sites, pit toilets, and is surrounded by forest. The only negative is the road up, while it is paved, is steep with quite a few potholes, making it not ideal for RV’s.

Rock climbing Chek, Sea to Sky highway road trip
Camping at Chek gives you access to one of the best climbing spots on Sea to Sky, Chek Climbing Area

Cal-Cheak

Cal-Cheak is a great campground with 55 sites set in the natural beauty of the National Forest. Some sites can fit RV’s, but this is primitive camping which means no electricity or sewer. Camping here is a great option since it is only CAD 13 per night and hiking trails and rock are climbing nearby.

Photos above, credit: Emily Haggar via TheOutbound.com


Heading to Squamish too? Check out 18 Radical Things to do in Squamish and our guide to Camping in Squamish.

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