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, 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? >>
If you are towing a recreational trailer, 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 4600 kg or under. These trailers only require you to have a regular driver’s licence.
If you are pulling a trailer above 4600 kg, and neither the truck nor the trailer has air brakes, you will 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 4600 kg and the trailer or the truck does have air brakes, you will need to upgrade your driver’s license to a Class 1 commercial driver’s license with an air brake endorsement. For more information about driver’s licenses, trailers, and towing, please visit https://www.icbc.com/driver-licensing/types-licences/Pages/Towing-a-recreational-trailer.aspx.
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 in BC. It is against the law for a driver to 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 a driver does use such a device, they will be subject to a $368 fine and a penalty of four points.
If you must use a cell phone or GPS navigational device, make sure it is hands-free, or only requires a one-touch activation. For more information about this, please visit https://www.icbc.com/road-safety/crashes-happen/Distracted-driving/Pages/default.aspx.
What are the road conditions like in British Columbia? >>
BC has an extremely varied landscape. The vast changes in scenery can indicate vast changes in road conditions. You never know whether you’ll find yourself in construction, rock falls, snow storms (yes, even in summer!), or canceled ferry line-ups. Here are a few places online to check the status of roads:
- Highway cams: http://images.drivebc.ca/bchighwaycam/pub/html/www/index-Northern.html
- Events and Conditions by area: http://www.drivebc.ca/
- US Border Crossings: http://www.borderlineups.com/
- Weather conditions: http://www.weatheroffice.gc.ca/forecast/canada/index_e.html?id=BC
- Ferry schedules: https://www.bcferries.com/schedules/
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 an online reservation system to make it easy to reserve before you arrive. Check out https://secure.camis.com/Discovercamping/ for more information.
- Parks Canada: There are seven National Parks in British Columbia, which are protected by the Canadian government. The campgrounds vary from rustic to semi-rustic. The online reservation system for these sites can be found at https://reservation.pc.gc.ca/Home.aspx.
- Private campgrounds: These campgrounds are privately owned and operated, with many offering a range of campsites from un-serviced to full service. A great resource to find these is our own interactive map, located at https://www.campingrvbc.com/camping/.
- 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 most basic facilities (fire rings, picnic tables and out-houses). For more information, visit 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, please visit the Fisheries and Oceans website at
- To get your recreational non-tidal license online, please visit http://www.fishing.gov.bc.ca/.
Both types of licenses can be purchased at sporting goods stores and other fishing retailers, as well as most Government Agents’ offices throughout British Columbia.
A specific license is required for fishing at 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
How can I interact with wildlife in British Columbia? >>
BC is home to a vast assortment of wildlife, including whales, bears, elk and eagles. Some popular areas for wildlife include specialised viewing platforms, or offer viewing tours by boat or by land.
It is important to respect the environment, and to minimise your impact on natural habitats. Visitors should exercise caution when interacting with wildlife; they should be viewed only from a distance, and you should never feed wild animals. When camping, it is important to be bear-safe, as BC is home to both black bears and grizzly bears. You can find out more about bear safety at http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/explore/misc/bears/.
For more information, visit our wildlife viewing page: https://www.campingrvbc.com/things-to-do/wildlife-viewing/.