Quick tips for your outing at Sasamat Lake

White Pine Beach: southern

White Pine Beach: southern “family” beach

Sasamat Lake is a lovely place for swimming, hiking, and family barbecues that is only a   10-minute drive from downtown Port Moody.

I’ve written some personal posts about Sasamat Lake (you can read them here and here), but I decided to write this short “quick tips” post for people who want basic information about Sasamat Lake and White Pine Beach (there are actually two beaches).


Please look up complete directions using Google maps. From downtown Port Moody, you will be turning left on Ioco Road. Follow the signs to White Pine Beach.

You can also get to White Pine Beach by bus. The 150 bus leaves from downtown Port Moody every hour and takes about 15 minutes to get to the lake. See Google Maps for detailed information.


The park gates are currently (as of April 27, 2018) open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. You can hike or ride a bike in outside these hours. The park closing time depends on sunset times.

Parking (and important tips!)

On hot days (especially weekends), all of the parking lots are usually filled up by noon and the park gates are locked.
Tip #1: Even if the park gates are locked, you can park on the road. It’s better to continue past the park entrance, drive to the first stop sign, and then turn right to park along the road parallel to the lake. You can get down to the trail and you will be close to the southern walkway. You can swim from the docks on the walkway or continue along the trail after crossing the walkway to the beaches (20–25 minutes).

The walkway and docks near the south end of the lake

The walkway and docks near the south end of the lake

Tip #2: At 4 p.m. the park gates will be open, even if the sign on the way up says “Full”. You can always find a place to park because many people are leaving by then. Go to parking lot “F” at the end of the road to find a parking spot easily.

What activities/facilities will I find at Sasamat Lake?


Part of the map board near Parking Lot A

Part of the map board near Parking Lot A

There are two beaches at Sasamat Lake. Both beaches include shallow water suitable for children’s playing. The northern beach is more popular with teenagers, but this beach also has a rope-enclosed area for children. There are no lifeguards on duty at any time. Children under twelve must be supervised.

The lake is warm and is popular with people of all swimming abilities, from serious triathletes (who can do a triangular course from a beach to the southern walkway to Sasamat Camp and back to the beach) to casual swimmers.

People relax in many ways at Sasamat Lake!

People relax in many ways at Sasamat Lake!

Water play

Many people canoe, kayak, paddleboard, or just drift on their inflatable rafts. No motorized boats allowed.


There is a three-kilometre trail around the lake as well as well as more extensive trails throughout the area.


The northern beach is deserted on a fine October day but you can see the children's roped-off swim area and the concession/washroombuilding.

The northern beach is deserted on a fine October day but you can see the children’s roped-off swim area and the concession/washroom building.

A concession selling typical beach “junk food” is open during busy summer hours.


There are two washroom/changeroom buildings, one at each beach. In addition, there is a pit toilet building across the lake from the beaches near the southern walkway.


Pets are not allowed on the beaches at any time. Dogs (on-leash) are permitted on the trail around Sasamat Lake. You might choose to take your dog to the off-leash area of the beach at nearby Buntzen Lake. Buntzen Lake isn’t as good for swimming, though, because it’s always very cold.

swimming in Sasamat Lake

Swimming in Sasamat Lake on Thanksgiving Day! The water is warm in the summer, but in October I needed my wetsuit.


Alcohol is strictly forbidden. Park wardens are usually on duty on the beaches during busy times. There are also frequent police checks on the road leading up to the lake or on the road past the park entrance.

Author at Sasamat Lake in October

I’m a Sasamat Lake fanatic who enjoys the warmth of the sun even in October!


About nancytinarirunswrites

I used to be known as a competitive runner, but now I have a new life as a professional writer and editor. I'm even more obsessive about reading, writing, and editing than I was about running. Running has had a huge influence on my life, though, and runner's high does fuel creativity. Maybe that's why this blog evolved into being 95% about running, but through blogging I'm also learning about writing and online communication. I'm fascinated by how the Internet has changed work, learning, and relationships. I love to connect in new and random ways!
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10 Responses to Quick tips for your outing at Sasamat Lake

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  3. Ches says:

    Is there a shower room for kids in white pine beach? Also I infer from your post that children must swim in the southern part of the lake. Are there shower rooms there and where should I park?

    • There are no shower rooms, just washrooms with toilet cubicles and small changing cubicles. Children can swim anywhere (on either beach) but they have marked off a section with buoys at the north beach just to indicate that this is a safer area for children since it is shallow. There are no lifeguards so parents should watch their children carefully. Enjoy the lake!

      • Ches says:

        Hi Nancy!

        Thank you for the tips and help! We managed to go there earlier and it was fun. Thanks again!


  4. Andy says:

    Hi Nancy!

    Thanks for the great information. We went to Sasamat Lake yesterday, and had a great time! Thanks for the good tips on parking as well! – Nice one!


  5. George Mynatt says:

    Hi Nancy,

    Looking to go to the lake this Monday. Are there any canoe rentals available?

    • Hi George,
      There no canoe rentals at Sasamat Lake but you can rent canoes at nearby Buntzen Lake. Buntzen is much colder than Sasamat, though, if you also want to swim. Have fun, the hot weather is finally here!

  6. Shobhna Pahalad says:

    Hi there,
    Wondering if one can drive close to beach to drop of wheel chair bound person?

    • Hi Shobhna,
      You can drive fairly close to paved pathways down to the beaches. They are fairly steep inclines, though. It’s hard to describe the three possible routes without a map. The easiest one to explain is this: Go to the furthest parking lot (parking lot F). From there you can take a paved wide path down to the north beach. It comes out near the concession building.

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