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.
COVID-19 Tips for Camping and RVing
Updated March 30, 2021
Announcement March 29, 2021 Travel Advisory still in place – At this time, all non-essential travel and social interactions should be avoided. This includes travel into and out of British Columbia and between regions of the province. Let’s do our part by following provincial health orders and continuing to support local businesses in accordance with the latest health orders.Do not travel for a vacation. Do not travel to visit friends or family outside of your househ... Continue Reading
Preparing Your RV for a British Columbia Winter Camping Trip
Winter RVing in British Columbia is a one-of-a-kind experience. Waking up in a winter wonderland of snow while warm and cozy under a nice warm duvet in your winterized RV is many people’s dream. After breakfast you can get your winter snow togs on and be on your favourite ski hill or cross-country trail, beach hike or ice fishing lake in a matter of minutes!
From November 1 to March 31 the temperatures are low, snow and rain is encountered and daylight hours are a lot shorter but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy RV camping in the wintertime. The Camping and RVing BC Coalition has created a page on their website featuring over 150 campgrounds and RV Parks https://www.campingrvbc.com/winter/ that are open for business for the winter RVer!
Winter camping comes with its very own unique challenges and we hope these tip... Continue Reading
Wildfire Safety Tips – Prepare before an Incident happens
When you arrive at a campground or camping spot, make sure that you know the nearest evacuation route and map out how you will get there. Often campgrounds only have one road in and out.
Make a checklist of important things you need in case you have to leave your RV or tent – for instance, if a wildfire overtakes your area suddenly, it doesn’t hurt to have a ‘to go bag’ just in case, packed with a change of clothes, medications and emergency supplies.
If you are in an area that is being evacuated, do not wait, follow instructions given and leave immediately in an orderly fashion.... Continue Reading
Safety Tips for Wildfire Prevention – Do Your Part
Many wildfires are human caused – up to 40% per year – and, therefore, can be prevented. Here are some tips about how you can ensure you don’t cause an accidental fire.Only start a campfire in the supplied firepit. Never move a firepit from its original placement, this is the safest area deemed by park staff. Always have at least 8 liters of water near your firepit to quickly douse the fire if needed. Never leave a fire unattended! Completely extinguish your campfire before sleeping or leaving the campsite by dousing it with water and stirring until the ashes are completely cold – unattended and unseen embers can cause wildfires. Take care when fueling or using lanterns, heaters, and stoves. Avoid spilling any flammable liquids, and store your fuel away from appliances. Ensure heat-based appliances are cool before fueling them. Never ... Continue Reading
Track Air Quality of Wildfire Smoke
Increased numbers of wildfires in your region may result in reduced air quality due to excessive smoke. Smoke can spread over large areas depending on the prevailing winds, at high altitudes or ground level.
The British Columbia government issues public advisories known as Smoky Skies Bulletins when areas are being affected by wildfire smoke. These advisories are based on pollutant concentrations, satellite information, smoke forecast models, and on-the-ground visual observations. You can check for these advisories at: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/environment/air-land-water/air/air-quality/air-advisories?keyword=smoky&keyword=skies&keyword=bulletin.
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Check Wildfire Conditions and Campfire Bans
British Columbia implements certain fire bans and restrictions when there are significant risks to BC’s population and environment. There are three categories of fires that can be affected by restrictions – open fires, campfires and forest use.
Before you embark on a trip you can check to view the current restrictions and bans in effect as well as a map view. Please note that these restrictions do not include areas which are within the boundaries of local government and subject to local bylaws – check first for local government policies before starting any fire. Additionally, in some Wildlife Management Areas and Conservation Lands in B.C., campfires are never allowed.
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ATV Fire Risks
All-Terrain Vehicles (ATV’s) are fun to drive and take the user off-road along trails. As such, the vehicle is often in contact with vegetation. Here are some tips to prevent fire starts:
The heat from the exhaust systems of ATVs can sometimes cause wildfires, especially when idling near tall grass.
ATVs with their spark arrestors removed can release sparks that start wildfires. Ensure your ATV has a spark arrestor inside the muffler to trap any escaping sparks.
Make sure to carry fire suppression equipment, such as a fire extinguisher or a pail and shovel, to extinguish any fires that might occur.... Continue Reading
RV Fire Safety
Nobody wants to encounter a fire in their RV. Unfortunately, it can happen, and taking a little time ahead of an emergency to plan is a worthy exercise. Everyone in your family should know and practice your fire escape plan.Install and maintain at least one smoke alarm in your RV near where you sleep. Many new RVs have combined carbon monoxide and propane alarms installed – ensure that your vehicle has these installed or have them installed in older models. Test your RV alarms (smoke/carbon monoxide/propane) weekly, when your RV is in use. Ensure that all travellers in the RV know what the sound of each type of alarm indicates and what to do when they hear it. Have at least two ways out of the RV – one in the front and one in the rear. Test all escape windows, hatches and doors to make sure they open pro... Continue Reading
RV Fire Risks
The vehicles you camp in on vacation and use for recreation while in the backcountry can themselves be fire risk factors. This is a partial list of the most common RV fire risks; most can be avoided or reduced by regular maintenance. We recommend servicing your camping vehicle annually.RV fires are frequently caused by wiring system problems or electrical shortages and these are often attributed to refrigerators, generators, air conditioning, and some motors, but can be caused by any wired/electrical appliance in your RV. ... Continue Reading
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
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