How To Camp

Camping is all about tuning out from the fast-paced world and enjoying nature but it’s important to be prepared for the unexpected. A little planning and research can make all the difference between a good camping vacation and a great camping vacation. The “How to Camp” tips and etiquette section provides advice for the novice tenter or RVer and a useful reminder for the experienced camper.

  • Renting an RV In British Columbia – some advice for our international traveller

    Attention overseas travellers!  Coming to camp in British Columbia?  Rent a motor home and begin your adventure! They come in all sizes and you’re sure to find one that suits your needs. Travelling in a motor home has lots of advantages.  It’s a time saver as your accommodation is all ready for you whenever you stop.  Weather is not an issue.  With present weight limits on air luggage, you can leave your tent and camping gear at home and top up your suitcases with extra clothing and equipment to engage in all your activities.  There are numerous campgrounds throughout the province that accommodate motor homes. Whether it is a leisurely or an active camping holiday you’re planning, travelling in a motor home would make your international trip to British Columbia a treasur... Continue Reading

  • Orange Cakes

    Orange Cakes


    6 medium to large sized oranges

    Cake mix

    Candies, such as chocolate chips, mashmellow, caramel bits etc.



    Take 6 oranges and cut off the top quarter (or less). Scoop out the inside of the orange and eat or save for a snack the next day. Take a store bought cake mix and follow instructions to mix up batter, but put in a slightly less amount of water or milk. Take the mix and place inside of orange. Add your favorite candies such as marshmallows, chocolate chips, caramel bits etc. Put the top of the orange back on. Wrap the orange in a decorative tin-foil shape to differentiate yours from others (Have some fun with this!). Place orang... Continue Reading

  • Tropical Cone S’Mores

    Recipe is for 6 Cone S’Mores.


    6 Waffle Cones, (not Ice-cream or sugar cones) 1/4 c. Crushed pineapple, drained and strained well 6 strawberries, finely diced 1 1/4 c. mini marshmallows 1 cup Nestle Tollhouse chocolate Chips 1 Banana chopped small



    Your Cones can be cooked over coals or a barbeque, which ever method you choose, keep rolling otherwise they will burn. Once you have chosen your co... Continue Reading

  • Cooler Meat Sauce

    For chili, spaghetti, sloppy joes, basically EVERYTHING!

    Serves 4-5

    Ingredients 1 lb lean ground beef 1 yellow onion, chopped 3-4 garlic cloves, diced 1 green pepper, chopped, 1 red pepper, chopped, 2 cups mushrooms, sliced 1 large can of tomato sauce 1 large can of crushed tomatoes 1 can of tomato paste 1 bunch of fresh basil (or 3 tbl of dried) 1 bunch of cilantro (or 3 tbl of dried) 3 tbls of balsamic vinegar 1 tsp sugar Salt, pepper, and tabasco to taste Instructions

    In a large frying pan, brown the beef, 1/2 the onion, and garlic. Drain and set aside. In a separate soup pot, add all other ingredients except the fresh basil and cilantro. Cook on medium heat for 15 minutes. Add beef mixture, fresh basil and cilantro... Continue Reading

  • Stirfry

    Serves 4-5

    Ingredients 3 chicken breasts cut into 1 inch cubes 1 yellow onion, diced 2 cloves garlic 1 green pepper, cut bite size 1 red pepper, cut bite size 1 zucchini, cut bite size 1 cup mushrooms, sliced Fresh basil/oregano (brought from your garden) or a shaker of Italian seasoning 2 tbs of soy sauce 2 tbs of BBQ or teriyaki sauce Instructions

    This is another recipe that the ingredients (veggies) can be chopped at home and put into one container (like a lock and lock container so it doesn’t spill). Just use within 2 days or mushrooms will start to brown.

    Cook chicken in frying pan with onion and garlic until well cooked (onions translucent). In the meantime, cook all veggies on a large well greased skillet, in a large frying pan, or wrapped i... Continue Reading

  • Chinese Chicken

    Chicken pieces – breast, wings and ribs work best

    For each 4 pieces of chicken use:

    – 1 tsp Soy Sauce

    – 1/4 cup Pineapple juice

    – Tbsp Chopped parsley

    – Small grated onion


    Depending on the amount of chicken, adjust recipe. Make sure you have enough sauce to completely submerge the chicken in a zip lock bag.

    Place chicken on a well oiled grill over low coals and use marinade to brush often during cooking. A good rule of thumb is that a cooked chicken is one that has been cooking on the grill at 5 minute intervals and flipped and basted four times. Always check for doneness as cooking times may vary with each grill.

    Submitted by Darlene Oswald

    BC Lodging and Campgrounds Association

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  • Russian Beef Patties

    1 1/2 lbs. lean ground beef

    3/4 cup sour cream

    1/3 cup sour cream

    3/4 cup grated onion

    1/4 tsp. nutmeg

    1 Tbsp cooking oil


    Mix all ingredients, except oil together. Wet hands so meat does not stick. Form into patties, this is enough to make 8 regular sized patties or 12-15 slider sized patties at 3/4″ thick. Place formed patties on parchment paper and refrigerate 1 hour. Brush each patty well with oil and grill over a bed of low coals.

    Submitted by Darlene Oswald

    BC Lodging and Campgrounds Association

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  • Pie Iron Pizza

    Pie iron

    Sliced bread (as many pieces as needed)

    Sausage, pepperoni or ham

    Grated cheese


    Green pepper


    Spread tomato paste onto slices of bread, add sausage, pepperoni or ham, and sprinkle with grated cheese, top with onions and green pepper, place in pie iron and cook over campfire until cheese is melted. The best and safest way, is to wait until you have a bed of low coals in your fire pit, then proceed.

    Submitted by Darlene Oswald

    BC Lodging and Campgrounds Association

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  • Pasta Salad

    Serves 5-6

    Great salad to make if you have leftover noodles or are tired of hamburgers and hotdogs!

    Ingredients 1 bag or box of rotini noodles 1/2 red onion, finely chopped 1 bag/carton of cherry tomatoes cut in half 1 cucumber chopped 1 cup of shredded cheese of your choice (or crumbled feta) 1 can of sliced black olives, drained Italian Dressing Instructions

    Cook pasta according to directions. Drain well and let cool for 10 minutes. Add all veggies, cheese, and as much of the dressing you like (1/2 a bottle? You don’t want soup!). Dish up and enjoy.

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  • Sloppy Joes

    Serves 4-5

    Ingredients 1lb of ground beef (or meat subsititute like Round Ground) 1 medium onion 1 green pepper 2 tbls of mustard 2 tbls of ketchup (or BBQ sauce) 2 tbls of Worchester sauce 1/2 tsp of salt Instructions

    Brown hamburger in a skillet. Drain grease and return to skillet with the remaining ingredients. Cook and stir until onions are translucent. Serve on buns or try the biscuit/bannock recipe.

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