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Leisure camping on Lake Okanagan

Camping 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 throughout BC.

Start your camping adventure in British Columbia in our following sections:

Recreation in BC: Select a region and then select Camping in that region
Campgrounds & RV Parks in British Columbia
Parks with campgrounds are listed, as are the campgrounds that provide a reservation service. A telephone number for the Camping Reservation system is provided.
Motorhome and RV Rentals in British Columbia
Parks in British Columbia: National, Provincial, Regional and Marine Parks in BC

For 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.
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