Katherine Lake and Campground


May 16, 2024

Katherine Lake - Road Repaired and Reopening Soon

Thanks to some local support, a temporary repair has been carried out on the Katherine Lake access road. The road had been closed since February when heavy rainfall caused a sinkhole to open on the road. The SCRD was recently informed that permits to allow for a permanent fix on the road may take up to two months which would further delay the opening of the park. SCRD staff worked with a local contractor who generously assisted with the temporary repair, overseen by a biologist. Staff will continue the permitting process for a permanent fix to the road but will carry out that work in the fall. The SCRD is working with the park operator to prepare the park and campground to open for public use as soon as possible. Until the operator is onsite, the park and campground remain closed. Learn More

The Campground

Katherine Lake Campground is located in Garden Bay near Pender Harbour on the Sunshine Coast at 4955 Garden Bay Road (MAP)

The camping season runs from the May long weekend until the day after Labour day long weekend.

If you have questions, you can contact the Sunshine Coast Regional District’s campground operator at support@katherinelakecampground.ca.

The Lake

Katherine Lake is a popular swimming spot to enjoy for a day or as part of a camping trip. The lake allows non-motorized boating and you will find the following amenities:

  • Picnic Facilities
  • Small Playground
  • Washroom Facilities

The shíshálh Name

In 2017 shishalh Nation Elders Language group and the SCRD began a project to provide and/or translate SCRD park names into the shashishalhem (Sechelt language). Katherine Lake is translated as p’ip’k’ilich.

Pronunciation: p’ is like p, but with a throat catch. The first i sounds like the ee in English ‘meet’. The second and third i sounds like the a in English ‘mate’. k’ is like k, but with throat catch and farther back in mouth. The first two syllables have strong stress.

Description: The name p’ip’k’ilich was chosen by the shishalh Elders Language Group to recognize that Katherine Lake is home to an endangered Western Painted Turtle population.

Meaning: turtle. (Sechelt Dictionary, Page 494)

Contact Us

Parks Services

Phone: 604-885-6802

Email: parks@scrd.ca