The park provides world class rock climbing opportunities, hiking trails to The Chief's three summits with rewarding views of Howe Sound, Squamish town site and surrounding mountains. The park has opportunities for camping, hiking, rock climbing and scenic viewing atop the Chief.
60 km from vancouver
Introducing Stawamus Chief Provincial Park
Chief Parking Lot
The bus will drop you off at the roundabout between the trailhead and the campground parking lot.
Pickup locations in Vancouver
Burrard Skytrain Station
Burrard Skytrain Station is served by Expo and Millennium Lines and is located at 635 Burrard St, Vancouver, BC V6C 3L1
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I go climbing and bouldering?
The Chief is a world renowned climbing and bouldering destination, so there are definitely plenty of climbing opportunities available here - both for bouldering and multi-pitch climbing. Plan your day accordingly to make sure you don’t miss the return bus.
What hikes should I go on?
For your own safety and the preservation of the park, obey posted signs and keep to designated trails. Shortcutting trails destroys plant life and soil structure.
Hiking trails are accessed from the day-use parking near the campground. They follow Oleson Creek before dividing into separate trails to each peak. The trails are also accessible from Shannon Falls Provincial Park. Be properly prepared for a strenuous hike and changing weather.
First Peak: 1.5-kilometre trail with an elevation gain of 540 metres.
Second Peak: 1.7-kilometre trail with an elevation gain of 590 metres.
Third Peak: 1.8-kilometre trail with an elevation gain of 630 metres.
To Shannon Falls: 1.5-kilometre hike from the Stawamus Parking Lot.
Is there a place to buy food or water?
No, all visitors must bring their own water and food for the day, especially if you are planning to go on any of the strenuous hikes starting here.
Are there bears?
Yes, bears can be encountered throughout summer months and it is very important to educate yourself with bear safety when visiting these wild places. For more information on bear safety click here.
For trail maps and more information on Stawamus Chief Provincial Park please visit BC Parks website.