Know before you go Camping in British Columbia
On this page you will find links to updates about wildfires, environmental hazards, driving conditions and park/recreational resources to help you plan a fun and informed trip.
Campers are encouraged to check in with the campground operator and the local Visitor Centre in the communities they will be visiting for real-time, on-the-ground updates.
PLEASE CAMP RESPONSIBLY. FOLLOW THE CAMPER’S CODE
The Camper’s Code has 9 rules that are really easy to follow. When all campers follow them, these good things happen:
- Camping continues to be enjoyable for all
- Nature remains pristine and beautiful
- People camping in the same area become friends
- Animals stay wild and free
Camper’s Code take the pledge.
WILDFIRES: Wildfires of Note – To report a wildfire (dial *5555 on a cell phone or call toll free 1-800-663-5555). During the summer, stretches of hot, dry weather can lead to increased wildfire risk throughout the province. Make sure you take the necessary steps to prevent and report wildfires. For more information on wildfire safety and prevention, click here.
CAMPFIRES: Check out the latest fire bans and restrictions.
SMOKE CONDITIONS: Smoke conditions across the province can change hourly. Check the Air Quality Health Index for real-time updates from across BC.
BE TRAVEL AWARE
HIGHWAY CLOSURES AND CONSTRUCTION: Check Drive BC for an up-to-date list of the latest road closures, events and advisories.
WINTER DRIVING: Winter tires are required on most designated highways in British Columbia from October 1 to March 31. For select highways, including mountain passes and rural routes in high snowfall areas, the date is extended until April 30 to account for early spring snowfall. These highways are marked with regulatory signs. ShiftintoWinter.ca
CHECK WEATHER CONDITIONS: British Columbia’s mountainous terrain means weather conditions can change rapidly within relatively short distances, and snowfall can happen any month in the higher-elevation mountain passes. Before heading out on the road, always check the current weather conditions and weather alerts along your planned journey. Drive for the conditions. If the weather is bad (i.e. snowfall warning along the Coquihalla), delay your drive until the weather and road conditions improve, or consider an alternate route or a different mode of transportation.
ADVENTURE SMART: Heading outdoors? Leave a trip plan. AdventureSmart is a national program dedicated to encouraging Canadians and visitors to Canada to “Get informed and go outdoors”. AdventureSmart combines online and on-site awareness with targeted outreach in order to reduce the number and severity of Search and Rescue Incidents.
RECREATE RESPONSIBLY: If you like to play outdoors, adventure outdoors, and breathe in the beauty of the outdoors, it’s your responsibility—and the responsibility of every single human recreating outdoors—to do so responsibly all of the time. Outdoor recreation etiquette the Outdoor Recreation Council of BC.
EMERGENCY INFO: Please visit Emergency Info BC for updated details on current emergencies including evacuation orders and alerts.
KEY TRAVEL RESOURCES
Check BC Wildfire Service for wildfires of note, fire bans and restrictions.
- Interactive Maps and News Releases BC Government Wildfire Status
and Twitter: @BCGovFireInfo
- Air Quality Health Index
Check DriveBC.ca for major road events such as delays, closures, and suggested detours:
- Highway Webcams
- Winter Driving – Province of BC
- Twitter: @DriveBC
River Forecast Centre analyses snowpack, assesses seasonal water supply and flood risk, and predicts flows in British Columbia’s rivers and streams:
PARKS AND GOVERNMENT OPERATED CAMPGROUNDS
- BC Provincial Parks – Wildfire notices
- BC Provincial Parks – Flooding / Freshet notices
- Recreation Sites and Trails BC.ca
- Recreation Sites & Trails closures
IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS
- Report Wildfire or Irresponsible Behaviour 1-800-663-5555 or (*5555 from a cell phone)
- Evacuees and Reception Centres call: Emergency Info BC at: 1-800-585-9559.
- BC Wildfire Information Line 1-888-336-7378
- ESS Evacuees Information 1-800-585-9559
- Canadian Red Cross Evacuees Reunification 1-800-863-6582
- Emergency Coordination Centre 1-800-663-3456
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO – TRAVEL RESOURCES
- Destination BC – https://www.hellobc.com/know-before-you-go
- Thompson Okanagan – https://www.thompsonokanagan.com/know-before-you-go
- Kootenay Rockies Tourism – Know Before You Go – Kootenay Rockies
- Cariboo Chilcotin Coast – https://landwithoutlimits.com/plan-your-adventure/know-before-you-go/