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Experiencing nature in an RV, is basically your “home away from home”, RVing is a total different camping experience from that of tenting – albeit, you’re still sleeping in the outdoors, but in a comfortable, warm, dry bed with nature’s picturesque views from a higher, hard-walled viewpoint – the way to experience nature!

RVing gives a sense of freedom and spontaneity. You can stop at the local fruit stand, pull over at an attraction that suits your fancy, and truly be in control of your vacation time. Try the RV lifestyle and go from being on a schedule to your own gentle pace.

British Columbia caters to all types of Campers – from “Glampers” looking for full-service five-star RV resort to the backcountry enthusiasts seeking rustic tenting sites. Need help finding a suitable Campground? Visit our camping map to search out the location you would like to start your adventure.

Give it a try. Rent an RV and sink into your relaxation.

  • Campfires in British Columbia

    For many campers a campfire is an intimate bond with nature that is linked to a set of unique traditions. For some, it recalls warm childhood memories of times spent with family sharing stories, singing songs or roasting marshmallows.

    Most campgrounds in British Columbia, whether they are private campgrounds or RV parks, provincial parks, recreation sites (forestry sites), or national parks, allow campfires unless there is a fire restriction brought on by prolonged dry hot conditions.

    What to do during campfire restrictions and bans

    Forest fires are a major threat to British Columbia’s forests. On average there are 2,000 forest fires per year of which over 40% are caused by people. Campfire restrictions and bans occur when conditions are extremely dry and fire risk is very serious.

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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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  • 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:

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  • 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

  • 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.

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  • How To Build A Campfire

    When building a campfire, always have the fire inside a campfire ring to protect the surrounding area from the danger of spreading fire. The key to a successful and safe campfire is to start small and gradually build it bigger so it remains contained within its designated area.

    Materials for a campfire

    Kindling: Small, thinly split/chopped wood no bigger than 1″.

    Fuel: Larger pieces of wood or small logs (fuel): Dry logs or large pieces of wood 1″-10″ in diameter.

    Suggestions for Building a Campfire Step 1:

    For the base layer use kindling and scrunched paper if available. If using small twigs and they do not snap easily, they are probably too gree... Continue Reading

  • Before Camping With Your Dog

    A dog is a family member too, so it makes sense that some time is spent planning and preparing your pet’s camping gear. Listed below are some tips to consider before and during your camping trip.

    Before Your Trip Check that your dog’s shots and vaccinations are up-to-date. Also, consider vaccinations for Lyme disease and Bordetella (Bordetella should be done 2 weeks prior to the trip). Prepare safe travelling for your dog by having a travel crate or dog seat belt restraint whether you are travelling in an RV, truck or car. If you are using a crate, check that it is secured in the vehicle to prevent the crate from sliding. Ensure you have flea/tick repellents or collars to protect your dog from getting ticks, fleas and/or other diseases that can be contracted through wildlife, plants and insects. Research Campgrounds... Continue Reading

  • Campgrounds For You and Your Dog

    Camping with your dog in British Columbia’s majestic outdoors is like no other holiday. Whether you explore B.C.’s world famous lush forests, sandy beaches or snow-capped mountains there are many campgrounds from which to choose. Like any trip, planning is most advisable. The first step is to decide on the type of campground that best suits you and your dog.

    BC has over 1,500 campgrounds, which are divided into four unique camping experiences: British Columbia Private Campground and RV Parks, B.C. Provincial Parks, Recreation Sites (forestry sites), and National Parks all of which have their own dog regulations.

    Following are some options for you to consider.

    British Columbia Private Campground and RV Parks

    With over 350 private campground and RV parks located throughout British Columbia, you and your dog are certain to have a unique and memor... Continue Reading

  • Tips on Camping with Your Dog

    Travelling and camping with your dog not only connects you to nature but also to your pet. If you think your dog smiles when you go for a walk, bounces when you give it a treat, or rolls over for some loving rubs wait for the reaction you get when your dog goes camping. Camping can be a dog’s dream come true…and for that matter yours as well.

    Here are some tips to help your dog’s camping trip dream become a reality!

    Travelling Dog Tips Stop regularly along your travel route to allow your dog to have a bathroom break, drink water and have some exercise. Should you have to leave your dog for a short period in vehicle or RV always make sure there is proper ventilation, shade and water for your dog. Try to make your dog’s travel area like home with a dog bed, blanket, toys, etc. Most importantly, constantly reassure your ... Continue Reading

  • Camping Etiquette

    Camping is a time to get back to nature, spend time with Family and Friends, and just plain old relax. Sometimes when enjoying holidays our brains can tune out common sense and our behavior changes. Camping Etiquette is all about remembering to camp respectfully.

    Here are a few helpful reminders and tips on how we can all enjoy our camping experience for years to come:

    Respect fire bans. You can check out if fires are allowed by visiting the BC Wildfire Service website , some private campgrounds may not allow propane fires, so please check at the office when registering at your campground. Buy firewood locally to avoid transporting foreign species or disease into area. Often firewood is sold at campgrounds, local stores and gas st... Continue Reading

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