British Columbia Camping is Fantastic

by Joe
(Whistler, BC)

Campsite near Whistler, British Columbia

Campsite near Whistler, British Columbia

British Columbia is a campers paradise. If you are a camper, be it tent camping, travel trailer or a full scale motor home, camping in BC is simply incredible.

Here is what you can expect when you visit.

  1. Some of the best highways in North America.

  2. Mountains to view at every turn.

  3. Beautiful valleys with pristine lakes and rivers.

  4. Vancouver, the number one destination on earth.

  5. Whistler ski and summer resort.

  6. Unbelievable hiking, fishing, kayaking and golfing everywhere.

  7. An RV paradise with fantastic campsites.

  8. Over 1,200 FREE or small fee campgrounds.

The Province of British Columbia has hundreds of parks with beautiful RV campsites. Roomy, nice big thick boarded tables, campfire pits and the best washrooms ever.

You can reserve your campsite weeks in advance.

There are also many top quality commercial campgrounds and RV parks with first class facilities.

Free and minimal cost Forestry Sites

Apart from these features there are over 1,200 smaller campsites that are free to use, or that charge a small fee. They are called Forestry Sites. They are un-serviced but owned by the crown. Each site has a nice picnic table and fire ring and each area has a pit toilet.

Sites with Fees

These sites are managed through partnership agreements with recreation groups, community organizations, First Nations, private citizens, local governments, and forest companies.

Camping fees are charged to pay for the services provided by the agreement holder, which may include supervision, daily maintenance, and facility/structure maintenance.

Camping fees can range from $10-$15 per night for a person, family or party of six.

These sites were ordered as part of the requirements for the logging, oil and gas companies permission to log and explore in an area.

This means that the land base is managed for a variety of land uses, which may include forestry, cattle grazing, mineral extraction, oil and gas exploration, recreation, fish and wildlife management, and watershed protection.

While visiting recreation sites and trails, you can expect to encounter a number of these land management activities. Recreation sites and trails were formerly known as Forest Service recreation sites and trails, and were previously the responsibility of the BC Ministry of Forests.

Be careful and you should be fine.

Many of these sites are serviced by unpaved roads and the entry roads may not be perfectly suitable for the largest motor homes, but, having said that, you should check them out on foot before you drive off the roadway.

Sometimes what looks forbidding at first glance may look better when you scout it out.

If you do not feel safe in taking your rig in, look for another site further on. In many instances these sites may be near to each other.

For instance, in a 3 mile distance on the Duffy Lake road you will find no less than 4 campsites with from 4 to 7 spaces each.

Here is how you can find your Forestry Campsite

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Feb 12, 2018
Vagabond Traveler
by: Harold @ Dorothy

My wife and I are from Idaho and have driven to Alaska four times in eighteen years. Last trip was in 2015 and plan to drive it again this year. We have never had a single problem along the road in B.C. We have also been treated with courtesy at every stop. If you show courtesy you will generally receive courtesy in return.
This year we plan to tow a small vacation trailer or drive a class B motorhome.
We also mount a camcorder on the dash to photograph the abundance of animals and birds along the way. B.C. is great for pictures. Our cam has a 40X optical zoom so even far off pics are easy to take.
We hope all of you are as fortunate as we have been in your travels. (And please remember. You are not alone in the universe. Consider other drivers as well as yourself.)
Happy vacationing.

Nov 19, 2017
Tips for campers traveling in BC
by: Dennis

First, I was born and raised here, so I might be a little biased.

1. BC has some of the best roads anywhere so we also have some of the highest speed limits in Canada. Most RV'ers don't line to drive that fast. We are on vacation and higher speeds mean poorer gas mileage. Don't be afraid to pull over on a wide shoulder to let traffic pass. Major highways have passing lane sections with signs advising you of how far down the road they are. We are slowly working towards 2 lanes in each direction on all major highways.

2. When you get here, buy the Backroads Mapbooks for the areas you plan to visit (or, if you have a Garmin GPS, download the appropriate package from their website). Free campsites are clearly marked.

3. The roads to the free campsites consist of well maintained gravel main roads to logging areas with rougher roads from the main road to the lake or river or whatever. See advice in main article above.

4. When turning on to a main Forestry road, take note of any industial vehicles on the road. They may indicate activity in the area (logging, mining, construction, etc.) in which case there should be pickup trucks with radio aerials mounted on top of the cab parked or travelling on the road. If you see one, don't hesitate to flag one down and ask about conditions in the area you want to explore. They would rather you be safe than sorry.

5. When on aboriginal lands, signage will tell you if fees are expected to be paid for camping. If there is no signage, then anyone asking for money is having you on. In 40 years of camping, I have never had this happen. Sometimes, non-natives will try to convince you that they have the entire campsite reserved, but, without someone with authority there to certify this, their claim is bogus. Still, with 1200 campsite to choose from, it is usually sinpler to just move on.

6. Everywhere you go, leave it nicer than you found it.

Nov 10, 2013
Road rage normal
by: Anonymous

Road rage is very common especially in the lower mainland. It is crowded and we are number 1 in terms of most congested city in North America. Thus making us the rudest and most obnoxious drivers. Don't take it personally. Everybody thinks they own the road, and have no consideration for everyone else. To avoid this, just don't drive in rush hour.

Apr 24, 2013
Most affordable 30 amp sites
by: Corinne

Great information. I was searching for the most affordable sites that have electrical hook-up. I reviewed them on my blog

Aug 17, 2012
road rage?
by: ilovebc

Sorry but if your only experience with BC is road rage,that is probably because you are a horrendous driver and people are frustrated with you.

Jul 15, 2012
by: Anonymous

LOL! You have obviously never been to the GTA (General Toronto Area)!

I'm heading out to BC in a couple of weeks! I can't wait to get to the coast!

Nov 29, 2011
British Columbia travel is the pits
by: Alfred

British Columbia is rampant with speeding, reckless drivers. It is the worst place I've ever visited. Don't bother to go there unless you enjoy road rage. That seems to be common all over Canada, but BC is the worst I've experienced.

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