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Photographer's Note

This site was a good surprise. We were coming back from Whistler through Sea to Sky Highway when we noticed a plate saying "Porteau Cove". Although it was not in the trip plan we decided to check it out. I had some peaceful moments and found interesting subjects for shooting. Recommended!

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. Adjacent train tracks are active and occasional noise disturbance may occur.

Location
38 km north of Vancouver on Hwy 99, 20 km south of Squamish, 8.5 km south of Britannia Beach. Other nearby communities include Brackendale and Lions Bay.

History
When "Porteau" (porte deau) is translated from French into English it means "Waters Gate." This name dates from 1908 when John F. Deeks began mining the extensive sand and gravel deposits here to supply Vancouver. A small community of employees lived here until the beginning of the Depression, enjoying good housing, a schoolhouse, tennis courts, and daily ferry service from the Union Steamship Company. These ferries, Lady Cynthia and Lady Cecilia, operated between Vancouver and Squamish until the railway (then the Pacific Great Eastern) was extended from Squamish into North Vancouver.

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