Pinecone Burke Provincial Park
If you’re looking for untamed wilderness, this vast expanse of park will satisfy your need for space.
|Getting There |||Nearby Coquitlam and Maple Ridge.|
Profile Last Updated: May 23, 2007
The landscape is one of the most unique in this area. With 38,000 hectares of land, it is the largest of the Lower Mainland Nature Legacy Parks and the largest fresh water tidal lake in North America. There are old-growth forests, several alpine lakes and rugged mountain terrain. Vancouver’s closest glacier, Meslillooet, Widgeon Slough, the largest freshwater marsh in South Western B.C., and Widgeon Lake, the largest hanging lake in the North Shore Mountains, are all included in this diverse region.
There are three major camping areas in the park: Widgeon Creek, Pitt Lake and Burke Mountain. Widgeon Slough and Valley are accessible by canoe or kayak, which can be launched from Grant Narrows at the South end of the lake. The paddle through Widgeon Slough takes about two hours, after which you will find about six designated campsites and overflow room on the grassy areas around the site. Pitt Lake offers grounds at Defrauder Falls on the West shore, as well as Osprey Creek and Raven Creek areas on the East side. Burke Mountain is a plethora of wilderness, backcountry or walk-in camping sites, all without facilities. The trails in this area climb up the ridge to the plateau where you’ll find several lakes.
Although not the easiest place to get to, half of the adventure lies in finding your way there. There is no main central entrance point and you must access the park by old logging roads and trails from Port Coquitlam, at the end of Harper Road to Munro, Dennett Lakes and Burke Ridge. You can also use Coast Meridian Road, Apel Drive (which turns into Victoria Drive) and Quarry Road.
Access: No vehicle accessible camping facilities