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Free Campsites and Areas

Why do we Camp?

Camping in Canada is a fantastic way to escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and enjoy the great outdoors. With its breathtaking natural scenery, abundant wildlife, and serene lakes and rivers, it's no wonder that camping is such a popular activity among Canadians and tourists alike.

If you're planning a camping trip in Western Canada, you'll be pleased to know that there are more than 1200 campgrounds in British Columbia alone where camping is free of charge! That's right - you can pitch your tent or park your RV without paying a penny, and many of these sites are truly stunning.

Imagine waking up to the sound of birds chirping, stepping outside your tent to see the sun rising over a picturesque lake, and spending your days hiking, swimming, or simply relaxing in nature. Whether you're a seasoned camper or a first-timer, camping in British Columbia is an experience you won't want to miss.

To make the most of your camping adventure, consider renting camping gear and a vehicle to explore the area at your own pace. With so many cost-free campgrounds to choose from, you can enjoy an affordable and unforgettable vacation in the great outdoors. So pack your bags, gather your loved ones, and get ready for an adventure of a lifetime!

Why are they free and who takes care of them?

If you're planning a camping trip in British Columbia, you'll be glad to know that there are over 1200 recreation sites where you can camp for free! Formerly known as forest recreation sites, these areas are now managed by the Recreation Sites and Trails Branch of the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and the Arts.

These sites typically include campgrounds, day-use areas, boat launches, and facilities like toilets, tables, and firewood sales places. Some sites even offer supervision and maintenance. While some sites are user-maintained, where campers are expected to help with upkeep, the ministry monitors these sites to provide a basic level of service such as pumping toilets, replacing damaged or worn facilities, and removing hazardous trees.

Most of these sites are accessible by 2-wheel drive vehicles, including RVs and campers, and they are all located in exceptional natural settings. While you won't find luxuries like hot showers or reception offices, you'll have the chance to experience the beauty of nature without the distractions of modern life.

It's important to note that campers are expected to respect the environment and pack out whatever they pack in. And while there may not be hot showers, many sites have lakes or rivers where you can wash up and cool off.

So, whether you're an experienced camper or trying it out for the first time, camping at one of these free recreation sites is a great way to immerse yourself in the great outdoors and make great memories, without the extra cost.