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.
Fully vaccinated international travellers (including American citizens and permanent residents living in the USA) can now enter Canada for leisure travel. Find out if you can enter Canada, here.
Starting September 13, 2021 – proof of COVID-19 vaccination will be required in British Columbia to attend certain social and recreational events, including indoor ticketed sporting events, indoor and patio dining at restaurants, fitness centres, casinos and indoor organized events, including conferences and weddings. As of September 13, 2021 people accessing these spaces will need to provide proof of one vaccine dose. By October 24, 2021 entry to these settings will require people to be fully vaccinated with both doses. Learn more here.
Effective August 25, 2021 – masks must be worn in all indoor public spaces throughout British Columbia to help slow the transmission of COVID-19 Delta variant as British Columbia prepares for the fall and respiratory illness season.
Effective August 9, 2021, Canada will allow entry to fully vaccinated American citizens and permanent residents (currently residing in the US) for leisure travel. If you meet the entry criteria, fully vaccinated travellers do not have to quarantine upon arrival to Canada.
September 2021 – WILDFIRES: No Wildfires of Note – To report a wildfire (dial *5555 on a cell phone or call toll free 1-800-663-5555).
September 2021 – CAMPFIRE BANS LIFTED: Check out the latest fire bans and restrictions.
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
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:
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 – COVID-19 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/
- Vancouver Island – https://vancouverisland.travel/open/