camping on Lake Okanagan
in British Columbia requires little introduction. Suffice
it to say that British Columbia provides unparalleled
opportunities for organized and wilderness camping in
some of the most pristine and wilderness natural areas
of the world.
Travellers can reserve campsites in over 40 campgrounds
throughout BC's provincial parks, up to three months
in advance of a visit, and can stay as long as 14 days.
The BC Parks reservation line - (800) 689-9025 throughout
Canada and the United States, or (604) 689-9025 in Greater
Vancouver - operates daily between March 1 and September
15; for detailed information, call between 7am and 7pm
Pacific time, Monday to Friday, and between 9am and
5pm Pacific time on Saturdays and Sundays.
If you are reserving on one of three long weekends in
summer, there is a minimum three-day charge. Long weekends
in BC during reservation season occur on Victoria Day
(the Monday nearest May 24), BC Day (the first Monday
in August), and Labour Day (the first Monday in September).
A nightly reservation surcharge is added to the regular
camping fee, with a maximum surcharge of three nights
even if you are reserving for a longer stay.
With the exception of Gwaii Haanas National Park/Haida
Heritage Site in Haida Gwaii, formerly the Queen Charlotte
Islands, a fee is charged all visitors to the five national
parks situated in BC. (Note: Reservations, however,
are required of those entering Gwaii Haanas unaccompanied
by a private operator.) Call Parks Canada, (800) 748-7275,
for more information about fees and services, and to
order advance passes.
Parks Canada offices are located in Vancouver, Victoria,
and Kelowna, as well as at the visitors centres in each
of Pacific Rim, Mount Revelstoke, Yoho, Glacier, and
Kootenay National Parks. A day-use fee as well as annual
passes are available in a variety of price ranges, depending
on your age, the size of your group, and the length
of your stay. Note: Campground reservations for Green
Point Campground in Pacific Rim National Park may be
made with the BC Parks reservation line.
There is no charge for camping at any of more than 1,000
recreation campgrounds maintained by the BC Forest Service
throughout the 42 provincial forest districts. Detailed
maps of each district may be obtained by calling (800)
331-7001 in Nanaimo, and at Visitor Info Centres and
regional and district Forest Service offices in towns
your camping adventure in British Columbia in our following
general information on both public and private campgrounds,
consult the Super Camping Guide for British Columbia
and the British Columbia Accommodations Guide BC,
both published by Tourism BC and available at most Visitor
Info Centres throughout the province, or by calling (604)
945-7676 to request a copy. For private accommodation
reservations throughout the province, you can reserve
online through our Accommodation Reservation service -
Click on Accommodation
on the Menu Bar and select a property.