Top 5 Ways to Find a Campsite in BC

Top 5 Ways to Find a Campsite in BC

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If you plan to book a campsite in late summer, you’re in luck; there are still sites available. Here’s how to find a provincial campsite in August and September.

1. Plan ahead. With summer coming to a close, people are busily seeking last-minute campsites. To beat the rush, book at least a week or two ahead of when you’d like to camp.

2. Look for availability mid-week. If you’re flexible, camp mid-week. This gives you the best chance of getting a prime spot in a popular campground.

3. Check out BC Park’s reservation sitePlans change, which means reservable sites are released back to Discover Camping. Check back often to jump on someone else’s cancellation or shortened stay.

4. Try new campgrounds. BC is filled with stunning parks you may not know about. Many are smaller and quainter but offer the same beautiful scenery and fun weekends away as the bigger, more popular campgrounds.

5. Early fall can also be a great time to camp. Campgrounds are less busy as children go back to school. Many BC Parks campgrounds are open year round, but not all accept reservations after Labour Day. These ones do accept reservations in September:

Vancouver Island
Newcastle Island

Vancouver, Coast & Mountains
Nairn Falls
Alice Lake
Porteau Cove
Porpoise Bay

Thompson Okanagan
Bear Creek
Shuswap Lake

Kootenay Rockies
Kokanee Creek
Kikomun Creek
Moyie Lake
Premier Lake

For first-come, first-served camping, these BC Parks are open year round:

Vancouver Island
Elk Falls
Miracle Beach
Sproat Lake

Vancouver, Coast & Mountains
Golden Ears
Inland Lake
Porteau Cove

Thompson Okanagan

Kootenay Rockies
Conkle Lake
Kikomun Creek

Northern BC
Liard River Hot Springs
Naikoon – Agate Beach and Misty Meadows

In addition to provincial campgrounds, there are also privately operated campgrounds and RV parksnational park campgrounds and recreation sites with camping space available. There have never been more ways to enjoy the great outdoors.

Camping in BC

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Featured image: Camping in Fernie, BC. Photo: @pete.grams via Instagram