What should I know when renting an RV? >>
First, it is best to determine the type of motorhome you will need for your camping trip. Things to consider include: How many people will be sleeping in the recreational vehicle? What type of roads will you be driving? Will you be towing another vehicle? Do you need a bike rack? How big of a vehicle are you comfortable driving? After deciding the type of motorhome. Next, determine where to rent.
To read more on how to rent an RV click here.
Where can I rent a motorhome or Recreational Vehicle (RV)? >>
Renting a motorhome is the perfect way to experience British Columbia’s natural outdoors and the comforts of home. It provides campers with flexibility and freedom. There is a diverse selection of rental fleets located across the province of British Columbia providing convenience to the campers. For those choosing to adventure outside of British Columbia into other provinces, some rental fleets are located across Canada allowing campers to pick up in one province and drop off the motorhome in another. Each rental fleet has their own independent rental policies and fees. To find out more visit http://www.rvrac.com or http://www.rvda.bc.ca/rentals.
Are there towing restrictions in British Columbia? >>
Trailer, Towing, and License Restrictions: If you are towing an RV this year, make sure you have the proper license plate and driver’s license. A utility trailer plate is used on trailers that are intended for personal use with no financial gain (such as the typical family travel trailer). They usually have a Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW) of 1400 kg or under. These trailers only require you to have your basic class 5 or 7 driving license.
If you are pulling a trailer above 1400 kg and neither the truck nor the trailer has air brakes you may need to upgrade your driver’s license to a class 4 or 5 with a house trailer endorsement. If you are pulling a trailer above 1400 kg and the trailer or the truck does have air brakes you may need to upgrade your driver’s license to a commercial driver’s license with an air brake endorsement. For more information about driver’s licenses, trailers, and towing please download www.icbc.com/driver-licensing/Documents/towing-trailer-full-mv2024.pdf
Can you talk on a mobile phone while driving in British Columbia? >>
Since January 1st, 2010, talking, typing, texting or dialing on a handheld cell phone or any handheld portable electronic device while driving is completely banned. Under the new law, a driver cannot use a handheld electronic communication device which includes handheld cell phones, PDAs and other electronic handheld devices (i.e., MP3 players, GPS Navigation Systems, etc.). If the driver does use such devises they will be subject to a $368 fine and in some cases a penalty of four points.
If you must use a cell phone or GPS navigational device make sure they are hands free and only require a one-touch activation. For more information about this ban please download www.icbc.com/road-safety/safer-drivers/Documents/distractions.pdf
What are the road conditions like in British Columbia? >>
Driving through BC has been compared to driving through 4 different European countries. The vast change in scenery indicates the vast change in road conditions. You never know whether you’ll find yourself in construction, rock fall, snow storms (yes, even in summer!), or canceled ferry line ups. Here are a few hot links to check your roads:
- Highway cams: http://images.drivebc.ca/bchighwaycam/pub/html/www/index-Northern.html
- Events and Conditions by area: http://www.drivebc.ca/
- Ferry Schedule: http://www.bcferries.com/
- Border Crossings: http://www.borderlineups.com/
- Weather conditions: http://www.weatheroffice.gc.ca/forecast/canada/index_e.html?id=BC
What type of fuel can I buy at gas stations and where do I buy propane in British Columbia? >>
All common fuels, including leaded and unleaded gasoline and diesel, are available at service stations in British Columbia. Fuels are sold in litres. Propane is also available at many gas stations throughout British Columbia.
1 Canadian gallon = 4.5 litres
1 US gallon = 3.78 litres
Here are some common gas stations found in BC:
How do I find campgrounds in British Columbia? >>
Internet resources: Searching for campgrounds can seem like a never ending task. The Camping and Rving BC Coalition has taken camping trip planning to a whole new level with their online google map that plots over 1,100 campgrounds including BC Parks, National Campgrounds, Private Campgrounds and RV Parks and Recreation Sites. The map allows users to search for campgrounds by keyword searches, campgrounds or by city names. It also provides driving directions available in English, French, German, Japanese and Spanish. To start planning your British Columbia camping trip visit www.campingrvbc.com/camping
Order Magazines: There is something wonderful about getting mail: REAL mail. Chock full of information, campground resources and funny stories, these publications are worth the time to check out!
- Super Camping Guide
- Go Camping Magazine
- RVRAC Campground Discount Guide
- Snowbirds and RV Travelers
- The RV Times
- RV West
Word of Mouth: One of the best ways to find that perfect camping spot is from the old fashioned Word of Mouth. Ask around! Ask other families that are similar to your own where they go. Change your Facebook status to: “looking for great campgrounds in BC”, and see what kind of responses you will get from your friends and family.
What are the campgrounds like in British Columbia? >>
There are 4 main types of campgrounds in BC:
- BC Parks: These provincial parks are protected areas and are managed and maintained by the BC provincial government so that everyone can enjoy them for years to come. The campgrounds are semi-rustic, some may have electrical hook-ups and only a few have water hook ups. Most of these campgrounds have drinking water taps. BC Parks has a new online reservation system to make it easy to reserve before you arrive. Check out https://secure.camis.com/Discovercamping/ for more information.
- Parks Canada: These national parks are protected by the Canadian government. There are seven National Parks in British Columbia. The campgrounds vary from rustic to semi-rustic. The online reservation system is in effect and can be found at http://www.pccamping.ca/parkscanada/en/terms_of_use.cgi?pg=/parkscanada/en/find.cgi?
- Private campgrounds: These campgrounds are privately owned and operated with many offering a range of campsites from unserviced to full service. A great resource is the online Super Camping website. http://www.camping.bc.ca/ or go to our interactive map on the “Where To Camp” section.
- Recreation Sites: The Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations maintains more than 1,200 recreation campsites under the Recreation Sites and Trails BC program. Recreation sites provide a rustic experience for campers. They are generally located in remote, off-the-beaten-path areas and provide only the basic facilities (fire rings, picnic tables and out-houses). For more information go to http://www.sitesandtrailsbc.ca/
What are the fishing regulations in British Columbia? >>
There are two separate recreational licenses required for tidal (saltwater/shellfish) and non-tidal (freshwater) fishing.
- To get your recreational tidal license online, you can go to the Fisheries and Oceans website:
- To get your recreational non-tidal license online, you can go to http://www.fishing.gov.bc.ca/
Both types of licenses can be purchased at sporting goods stores, other fishing retailers as well as most Government Agents’ offices throughout British Columbia.
A specific license is required for National Parks and can be purchased at the Park Headquarters at each Park site.
When are the statutory holidays in British Columbia? >>
New Years Day – January 1st
Family Day – The Second Monday in February
Good Friday – March or April – check calendar
Easter Monday – March or April – check calendar
Victoria Day – Third Monday in May
Canada Day – July 1st
BC Day – First Monday in August
Labour Day – First Monday in September
Thanksgiving Day – Second Monday in October
Remembrance Day – November 11th
Christmas Day – December 25th
Boxing Day – December 26th