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 memorable camping trip while having comfort and convenience, in B.C.’s natural outdoors. Most private parks welcome dogs but require they be leashed, and not left unattended. Some may have dog designated areas. It is advised you contact the private campground and/or RV park to enquire about dog rules before booking.
B.C.’s Provincial Parks
There are more than 340 campgrounds and 6,000 kilometres of trails giving campers and their dog unprecedented opportunities to enjoy a diverse range of magnificent outdoor settings, from camping in mountainous terrain to setting up camp on a shoreline.
All B.C. Provincial Park vehicle accessible campgrounds allow dogs. However, dogs must be leashed, remain within your campsite and cannot be left unattended. As a rule, dogs are not permitted in public areas such as day-use areas, beaches or picnic areas or public buildings including washrooms and shower buildings, but many parks have special beaches for dogs or areas where people can bring their pets. Each park has individual rules regarding off-leash and on-leash areas. View a list of B.C. Parks’ campgrounds with designated off-leash areas and beaches.
Please note that it is not recommended that dogs and other pets be taken into back country terrain. These areas are not suitable for dogs or other pets due to rugged terrain, wildlife issues and the potential for problems with bears.
There are approximately 1,300 recreation sites (forestry campsites) available in British Columbia’s back country. These less populated and remote campgrounds are more suitable for campers with dogs who seek an outdoor experience in B.C.’s natural wildlife setting with rustic amenities. All recreation sites allow dogs, but owners must keep them quiet and under control at all times. Some recreation sites may have individual rules regarding off-leash and on-leash areas.
Seven of Canada’s 43 national parks are in British Columbia, and these treasured places include a variety of unique camping experiences with Parks Canada. These seven national parks protect some of the most incredible natural areas in Canada, are hosts of 14 campgrounds, with the majority providing campers and their dog a rustic, semi-wilderness camping experience.
Dogs are welcomed in national parks. However, national park regulations require that dogs must be kept on-leash at all times including in the campground, at the beach and in the water. These regulations are in place to protect your dog, and also to protect wildlife and marine life. An off-leash dog may inadvertently come in conflict with bears, wolves and cougars or scare birds from critical feeding areas. This type of conflict could have negative consequences for your dog, as well as wildlife. Also campers should take anything left behind from their dog, such as food scraps, bones, toys or dog waste.
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