Camping is one of the most popular recreational activities in British Columbia, and campgrounds in BC are as varied as the wonderful terrain in which they are located. Campers can pitch tents in private campgrounds, in BC Recreation Campsites located on Crown land outside of parks, and alongside lakes or rivers, but the real camping highlight is a space in one of British Columbia’s magnificent provincial or national park campgrounds!
Private Campgrounds and Camping Services
Provincial Park Campgrounds and Reservations
Information on provincial park campgrounds for which a reservation service is available, park campsites for which no reservations are possible, and how to reserve a provincial park campsite by phone or online.
National Park Campgrounds and Reservations
There are seven national parks in British Columbia, all offer Frontcountry Camping, Backcountry Camping, Huts and Cabins, and Winter Camping. Reservations can be made for camping in three of them: Gulf Islands National Park, Kootenay National Park, and Pacific Rim National Park.
Camping on Crown Land in BC Recreation Sites
Camping is also available at any of more than 1,100 recreation campgrounds situated on Crown land outside of provincial or national parks that have been made available for recreational use. The sites are rustic, usually small (less than 10 vehicle units), and located near lakes and rivers, blending in with the natural surroundings. Although these sites do not offer sophisticated amenities, such as power hook-ups and piped water, they include basic sanitary facilities, fire rings, picnic tables, and boat launch ramps where appropriate.
Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions about parks and campgrounds in British Columbia, including regulations on vehicles per campsite, vehicle and trailer size, people per campsite, length of stay, campground reservations, generators, vehicle idling, gate times, pets, security, noise, winter camping, firearms and hunting, permits, mushroom picking, campfires, firewood, bicycles, and bear safety.
Provincial Park User Fees
Information on fees for camping, additional vehicles, camping and picnicking at group sites, fees for seniors and persons with disabilities, volunteer fee exemptions, payment of fees, check-in and check-out times, hours of operation, and the backcountry registration system.
Recreation: Camping Information
Pachena Bay CampgroundPachena Bay Campground
Pachena Bay Campground is nestled in an old-growth rainforest next to an expansive, sandy beach that directly faces the open Pacific Ocean. The campground is at the mouth of the Pachena River, next to the Huu-ay-aht First Nations community of Anacla, and just 5 kilometres from the picturesque town of Bamfield.
Enjoy unparalleled wilderness adventures, go beachcombing on pristine shores, hike through old-growth rainforests, and watch soaring eagles and other local wildlife along the way. Enjoy some of the world’s best sportfishing, kayaking, diving or eco- and cultural tourism adventures. The campground has been smartly upgraded to welcome RVs and campers, as well as tenting.
Cedar Beach ResortCedar Beach Resort
Cedar Beach Resort is located on beautiful St. Mary Lake on Salt Spring Island. Our 5 acre resort offers 17 cabins and suites as well as 23 fully-serviced RV/camping sites. We have our own private, sandy beach right on the lake. Our heated, outdoor swimming pool (open mid-May to mid-September) and hot tub offer fabulous lake views. All cabins and suites are fully furnished with cooking facilities, and the adjoining Beach House offers indoor and outdoor recreation space. An exceptional venue for family reunions, gatherings, and small group weddings.
Holiday Park ResortHoliday Park Resort
Nature provides the perfect setting for our four seasons RV & Condo Resort. Located in the heart of the Okanagan Valley on 67 acres. The resort features a wide array of accommodation options ranging from vacation condominiums to fully serviced, landscaped RV sites. Reserve now and enjoy the “Sweet Life”. Specials available for first time visitors.
Alpine RaftingAlpine Rafting
101 Golden Donald Upper Road Golden BC V0A 1H0 homeP.O. Box 1272 Golden BC V0A 1H0 homePhone: 250-344-6778homeToll Free: firstname.lastname@example.orgINTERNETVisit Website
COMPLIMENTARY RUSTIC RIVERSIDE CAMPING. Join Alpine Rafting on the Kicking Horse River this summer! The Kicking Horse is renowned as the Whitewater Gem of the Canadian Rockies, boasting BC and Alberta’s Biggest Whitewater Thrills for all levels: from our Family Packages to the longest continuous whitewater in the Canadian Rockies. 2014 marks Alpine Rafting’s 30th season on the Kicking Horse River.
We are a committed team who consistently give our guests 5-star adventures. From our fleet of eye-popping candy-red rafts to our trip selection, we’ve spent the last 30 years honing the experience we provide. The Kicking Horse River has something for everyone. We look forward to spending a day on the river with you.
Alpine Rafting Campsite offers rustic riverside camping available for all of our rafters, located 25 minutes east of Golden. If you are a hearty, seasoned camper, and don’t want to be bound by the rules of a traditional campsite, we have the answer for you.
Page’s Resort and MarinaPage’s Resort and Marina
Page’s Resort and Marina on beautiful Gabriola Island welcomes you with secluded fully-equipped seaside COTTAGES, a pristine CAMPGROUND nestled in the woods, a full service MARINA providing quiet nightly moorage with fuel dock, showers and laundromat, BOOKSTORE featuring local authors as well as charts and the best of marine publications, and mountain bike and scooter RENTALS. Located on five acres overlooking Silva Bay on beautiful Gabriola Island, minutes from golf and restaurants, Page’s offers spectacular kayaking and sailing, incredible diving and fishing, scenic hiking and cycling, and simply relaxing with a book in our picnic grounds and gardens. Arrive by land, sea or air: now with direct service to our docks with Van City Seaplanes.
Nootka Marine AdventuresNootka Marine Adventures
Moutcha Bay Resort – land based road accessible resort in Moutcha Bay, Nootka Sound, BC Nootka Sound Resort – floating resort in Galliano Bay, Nootka Sound, BC Newton Cove Resort – floating resort in Esperanza Inlet, BC workMailing Address: 168 5th Street Cliffe Avenue Courtenay BC V9N 1J4 workToll Free: email@example.comINTERNETVisit Website
Moutcha Bay Resort, Nootka Sound Resort and Newton Cove Resort operate together as Nootka Marine Adventures. Located on the pristine west coast of Vancouver Island, Moutcha Bay Resort is situated at the mouth of the picturesque Conuma River and only a 40 minute drive from Gold River. The two other floating resorts; Nootka Sound Resort and Newton Cove resort are located in the sheltered waters of Nootka Sound and Esperanza Inlet.
These resorts offer exceptional amenities, comfortable luxury accommodation, gourmet meals and boat moorage, along with some of the most spectacular, salmon, halibut and tuna fishing available. The Nootka Marine Adventures’ guides are some of the most experienced and professional in the area. They will help ensure that you have both a memorable as well as a highly-productive angling experience aboard comfortable, covered 28-foot boats. Take a fully-guided fishing trip or partake in the numerous outdoor activities including; wildlife-viewing, trail walks, caving, kayaking, stand up paddle boarding or excursions to the historic Friendly Cove.
Orca Dreams offers twenty years experience hosting people from around the world in the wildlife-rich waters of Johnstone Strait and Broughton Archipelago, off the east coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia. Orca Dreams now offers Canada’s first whale-watching camp, with BC packages that include 4 days of luxury camping.
Watch surfacing humpback whales, a passing pod of orcas, or a curious seal pass by while sipping your morning coffee from your waterfront safari-style tent. Whale watch from camp, kayak or boat, surrounded by the rich wildlife of coastal BC.
Orca Dreams is situated within the traditional territory of the Mamalilikula-Qwe’Qwa’Sot’Em First Nation, on Compton Island on the edge of Blackney Pass, one of the most wildlife-rich marine ecosystems in the world. Blackney Pass connects Queen Charlotte Strait with Johnstone Strait where the strong currents churn up nutrients from deep below, feeding everything from small herring to the 40-ton humpback whales.
Blackney Pass is also one of the best places in North America to view Orcas – also known as Killer Whales – as they make their way to and from Johnstone Strait and the rubbing beaches of Robson Bight on Vancouver Island.
Malahat Mountain Meadows RV ParkMalahat Mountain Meadows RV Park
304 Trans Canada Hwy Malahat BC V0R 2L0 postalMailing Address: Box 398 Malahat BC V0R 2L0 postalPhone: 250-478-5452homeFax: 250-478-5422workfaxToll Free: firstname.lastname@example.orgINTERNETVisit Website
Malahat Mountain Meadows RV Park and Campground is located 26 kms north of Victoria near the summit of the Malahat Drive. Our quiet and natural resort offers private and scenic campsites, and 63 spacious, fully-serviced RV sites nestled amongst giant cedars and seasonal creeks – either warm and sunny or deeply shaded lots. Amenities include clean washrooms with hot showers, and much more.
Our goal is to make campers as comfortable as possible during their stay in the Greater Victoria area. Head south to Victoria or north to explore the beautiful Cowichan Valley and the rest of Vancouver Island beyond. Come visit Malahat Mountain Meadows RV park and campground today! Quiet and natural!
Powell River Sea KayakPowell River Sea Kayak
Kayaking Base: Penrose Bay on Okeover Inlet Desolation Sound BC workMailing Address: Powell River Sea Kayak 10676 Crowther Road Powell River BC V8A 0G4 workPhone: 604-483-2160homeToll Free: email@example.comINTERNETVisit Website
Powell River Sea Kayak is the premier sea kayak company for Desolation Sound, providing unbeatable knowledge, service and convenience for experiencing British Columbia’s largest Marine Park – a unique experience of warm Pacific waters, towering Coast Mountains, marine wildlife and stunning scenery.
We offer all-inclusive eco-resort accommodation, guided multi-day camping tours, day tours, snorkeling, and a comprehensive kayak rental fleet from our waterfront location adjacent to Desolation Sound.
Launch from our site on Okeover Inlet, once home to the “Cougar Lady of Okeover Inlet”, and explore Desolation Sound Marine Park. Other options include launching from our second location, waterfront in Lund, or join us at Cabana Desolation Eco Resort and experience this awesome west coast British Columbia setting in true comfort!
Heriot Bay Inn & MarinaHeriot Bay Inn & Marina
West Road & Heriot Bay Road Box 100 Heriot Bay Quadra Island BC V0P 1H0 postalPhone: 250-285-3322homeFax: 250-285-2708homefaxToll Free: firstname.lastname@example.orgINTERNETVisit Website
The Heriot Bay Inn is Quadra Island’s adventure resort. Adventure: Kayak, whale or grizzly watch. Dine: Casual seaside fare in Herons, HBI Pub with live music Fridays. Stay: accommodations range from hotel rooms to ocean-view housekeeping cottages. Also onsite: marina, RV & tent campsites with full service hook-ups, wireless internet.
Ucluelet CampgroundUcluelet Campground
Ucluelet Campground is located in the historical fishing village of Ucluelet, at the southern edge of the Pacific Rim National Park. The private campground offers 125 sites for tents, trailers and RVs, some with beautiful harbour and mountain views. Amenities include full-service, partial-hookup and no-service sites, clean shower and washroom facilities, fire rings, picnic tables, and water stations.
Mowhinna Creek CampgroundMowhinna Creek Campground
Mowhinna Creek Campground is located in the heart of Saltspring Island, 1 km south of Ganges. Convenient central location from which to explore the island. Accessible by local bus. Nestled in the woods, the easy-access RV sites have full hookups. Tent sites vary in amount of shading. Pets welcome. Camp hosts on site. Reservations recommended.
Canyon RV Resort on Sinclair CreekCanyon RV Resort on Sinclair Creek
5012 Sinclair Creek Road Box 279 Radium Hot Springs BC V0A 1M0 postalPhone: 250-347-9564homeVisit Website
The Canyon RV Resort in Radium Hot Springs is set on Sinclair Creek amongst big old trees, huge lawns and lots of flowers, surrounded by the Rocky and Purcell Mountains. We offer grassy tent sites, deluxe RV pads, fully serviced bathrooms, laundry, and playgrounds, with hot springs, hiking and golf nearby.
Big Bar Guest RanchBig Bar Guest Ranch
P.O. Box 927, 5960 Big Bar Road Jesmond Clinton BC V0K 1K0 postalPhone: 250-459-2333homeFax: 250-459-2400workfaxToll Free: email@example.comINTERNETVisit Website
Our awe-inspiring scenery has distinguished Big Bar Guest Ranch by being rated as 1 of Canada’s Top 10 Most Scenic Rides, offering year-round horse riding and a variety of seasonal activities. Accommodations include guest rooms, self-contained log cabins overlooking the lake, teepees and campsites. Open year-round.
Cape Lazo RV & CampgroundCape Lazo RV & Campground
The Cape Lazo RV & Campground is a 6.5 acre beachside property with 64 beautifully landscaped campsites, just metres from the beach and minutes from downtown Comox. We offer a family friendly campground facility with kayak and paddleboard rentals, accessible boat launch, playground, on site store, and pavilion for group picnics. The Comox Peninsula on the east coast of Vancouver Island is spectacular at any time of year with miles of shoreline to explore and great recreation opportunities for all ages. Cape Lazo is perfect for a weekend, a week or even months of camping in the Comox Valley.
Clearwater Wells Gray KOA CampgroundClearwater Wells Gray KOA Campground
RR1 Box 1948 373 Clearwater Valley Road Clearwater BC V0E 1N0 postalPhone: 250-674-3909homeFax: 250-674-3916homefaxToll Free: firstname.lastname@example.orgINTERNETVisit Website
Clearwater Wells Gray KOA Campground is a great location for your stay. The campground / RV Park stand at the doorstep of Wells Gray Park and its world-famous waterfalls, scenic beauty, ancient volcanoes, abundant wildlife and clear freshwater lakes. Our sites were designed to accommodate a variety of RV’s, campers, trailers and tents. The spectacular scenery is the reason Wells Gray Park is a “must see” on your trip through BC.