Camping Outside Of The Norm
Combine kids’ busy schedules with fall weather in BC and what do you get? Less personal time, stress and cool night temperatures.
So, to break out of the fall humdrum hold, I decided to look into a winter camping trip. It seemed like a brilliant idea at the time. Just think. Camping off-season would give us an experience of pure tranquility like none other. We would escape from the masses and unwind as we sit by a crackling campfire or walk the deserted trails along a rushing river.
Now the first challenge I faced was the fact that we only have a tent. As much as I enjoy adventure, sleeping on a cold, wet ground and freezing did not sound appealing.
So then the thought hit me to look into renting an RV, and this is what I found!
· Price is $70-90 including 160km/day
· C26s come with 35000 btu furnace and forced air in the rear.
· Camping equipment/kits cost about $70-80/pers unless locals bring their own linens, which most often they do.
Next was to locate year-round campgrounds.
- Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park, Qualicum (campground is accessible but may not offer full services,such as water, security, etc.)
- Goldstream Provincial Park, Victoria (campground is accessible but may not offer full services,such as water, security, etc.)
- Country Maples RV Resort, Chemainus
- Crystal Cove Beach Resort, Tofino
Lower Mainland & Fraser Valley
- Sunshine Valley RV Resort & Cabins
- Manning Park Provincial Park (campground is accessible but may not offer full services,such as water, security, etc.)
- Fort Camping, Fort Langley
Sea to Sky Corrridor
- Porteau Cove Provincial Park, Howe Sound (Full service until Nov.11, campground is accessible after this date but may not offer full services)
- Eagle Vista RV Resort, Squamish
- Klahanie Campground & RV Park
- Riverside Resort, Whistler
- Okanagan Lake Provincial Park, (gates open for winter camping till Nov 30 – winter rate is in effect, may have limited access to services)
- Mabel Lake RV & Golf Resort, Enderby
- Salmon Arm Camping, Salmon Arm
- Kamloops RV Park, Kamloops
- Kimberley Riverside Resort, Kimberley
- Fairmont Hot Springs, Fairmont Hot Springs
- Golden Municipal Campground
- Springbrook Resort, Skookumchuck
- Fort Steele Resort & RV Park, Fort Steele
Well after researching, it looks like there are a lot of campgrounds located throughout the province that I can choose from. To help narrow down my search my next step is to look at nearby activities and the amount of travel time required to each destination.
Stay tuned for my next findings!
Published: October 31st, 2013
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