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Camping and RVing Fire Safety and Wildfire Prevention Tips

Port Moody, BC. Summer brings forth thoughts of camping and walking along the beach under clear blue sunny skies at nearby lakes or rivers. Spending time with your loved ones enjoying nature should be fun and safe, so let us remind you to “Know before you go!”

The Camping and RVing BC Coalition has gathered some new safety tips and travel advice about wildfires and smoke, aimed at Tenters and RVers. We urge all campers to be vigilant and respectful of the power of fire. By being aware, working together and caring for the forested backyard we love – we can reduce human caused fires.

Tips can be viewed online at

About the Camping and RVing British Columbia Coalition
The Camping and RVing BC Coalition was formed in 2008 with the support of Destination British Columbia to better position the provincial camping and RVing experience and to capitalize on the growth of nature-based tourism. Coalition members currently include BC Parks, BC Lodging & Campgrounds Association, Recreation Sites and Trails BC, RV Rental Association of Canada, Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association, Kootenay Rockies Tourism, Tourism Prince George, BC Society of Parks Facility Operators, Parks Canada, Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association of British Columbia and the Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC.

Media Contact
Joss Penny
Chair, Camping and RVing BC Coalition
778-383-1036

5th Annual Canadian RVing and Camping Week May 21 to May 26, 2019

More than 1,000,000 campers will camp or RV in British Columbia this year!

Winter is a distant memory, camping season is finally upon us! The fifth annual Canadian RVing and Camping Week developed by Go RVing Canada and Canadian Camping and RVing Council returns Tuesday, May 21 to Sunday, May 26, 2019.

Participating campgrounds across Canada, 20 campgrounds in British Columbia, will be offering discounted rates to their campers for reservations made between May 21 and May 26, 2019. Rates such as two nights for $50, $60, $70 or $80 and an offer of 5 nights for the price of 4.

Camping is an affordable family activity that promotes a sense of community, creates life-long memories and encourages Canadians to discover Canada’s rich landscape and engage with nature.  A recent report, commissioned by the Camping and RVing BC Coalition, found that more than 2,100,000 campers in the short-haul markets of BC, Alberta and Washington are planning to camp or RV in British Columbia in the next 2 years.

Other findings in the report for the BC residents questioned showed:

  • The most popular equipment used was a tent/tent trailer (36%) followed by trailer/fifth wheel/truck camper (19%) and motorhome/camper van (19%).
  • About a third of BC residents who camped had camped in shoulder seasons (29% – spring and 22% – fall).
  • 9% of BC residents who camped had camped or RVed in the winter.
  • The estimated camping population for BC (over 15 years) was 428,342 of which 36% camped more than 15 days per year.

The importance of camping has been recognized by the Province of British Columbia who issued a proclamation to proclaim May 21 – 26, 2019 “RVing and Camping Week”.

The Camping and RVing BC Coalition encourages all campers to camp respectfully and safely. For a few helpful reminders and tips on how we can all enjoy our camping experience for years to come, please visit Camping Etiquette.

Background:

The Canadian RV and Campground Industry make significant contributions to Canada’s economy. Over 14% of Canadians own RVs and 90% of RV owners say their #1 priority is seeing Canada. Over 1 million RVs are on the road today and RV owners take over 8 million trips a year.  These numbers equate into the camping sector contributing $4.7 billion value added to Canada’s economy and generating 66,000 jobs in small communities across the country.

British Columbia has approximately 1,500 campgrounds representing 50,000 campsites operated by the private sector, municipalities, Parks Canada, BC Parks and Recreation Sites and Trails. In BC last year over 1,000,000 adults (over 15 years) camped with an average of 3 trips per party.

In BC, the camping industry contributes $606 million dollars to British Columbia’s GDP, collectively employs 7,524 people, while generating an estimated $137 million in sales and income tax.

Quotes:

“We are thrilled to have Campgrounds in British Columbia join their peers across Canada in the 5th Annual Canadian RVing and Camping Week May 21 – 26, 2019, offering campers discounted stays, organized events while building memories to cherish. As we kick-off the Canadian RV and Camping Season, I would like to encourage everyone to get outdoors and reserve your campsite to truly experience all the tremendous features that this memorable week has to offer” – Shane Devenish, Director, Canadian Camping and RV Council

“Camping is certainly known for campfires, swimming in the lake and hiking trails, but today it is so much more than that. Camping has evolved as an important way of life for many Canadians to connect with family and friends, while enjoying nature and the outdoors. Canadian RVing and Camping Week May 21 – 26, 2019, encourages Canadians to camp or RV and experience somewhere different with discounted stays. The week is about people celebrating the camping and RVing lifestyle!”  – Joss Penny, Chair, Camping and RVing BC Coalition

About the Camping and RVing British Columbia Coalition
The Camping and RVing BC Coalition was formed in 2008 with the support of Destination British Columbia to better position the provincial camping and RVing experience and to capitalize on the growth of nature-based tourism. Coalition members currently include BC Parks, BC Lodging & Campgrounds Association, Recreation Sites and Trails BC, RV Rental Association of Canada, Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association, Kootenay Rockies Tourism, Tourism Prince George, BC Society of Parks Facility Operators, Parks Canada, Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association of British Columbia and the Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC.

Media Contact

Joss Penny
Chair, Camping and RVing BC Coalition
778-383-1036

Or visit:

http://ccrvc.ca/event-promotion/

https://www.campingrvbc.com/camping-week/

Winter Camping and RVing in British Columbia

There are those that want to “really” experience the winter outdoors – the true adventurists who avidly enjoy winter activities and must camp in a tent. Then there are those who want the comfort of an RV but still enjoy the challenge of winter.  The Camping and RVing BC Coalition has created a landing page featuring over 140 campgrounds and RV Parks https://www.campingrvbc.com/winter/ that are open for business for the winter RVer!

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 peoples 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 hole in a matter of minutes!

Winter RVers come in two main groups – the snowbirds and the winter activity enthusiasts. The snowbird group are looking to get away from the cold and long winters in other parts of Canada from November to March and travel particularly to the West Coast and Southern BC Interior.  The winter sport enthusiasts generally enjoy short-stay weekends or week-long getaways around winter activities.

Need an RV Rental?

A number of rental fleets are offering winter rentals of their motorhomes. Canadream advertises that their motorhomes are “built for Canadian winter conditions with double pane windows and are equipped with a high efficiency furnace, generator, four coach batteries, interior winter cab blanket, and insulated and heated water and holding tanks”.

For winter rental rates and other information, see Canadream Winter RV Rentals.

Other rental fleets include Best Time RV, Cruise Canada and Fraserway RV Rentals – see https://www.campingrvbc.com/winter/

Winter RVing Blogs

Need more information on what to expect when winter camping? Our blogs, written by winter camping enthusiasts like you, contain great information on their winter experiences, from the first time RVer’s perspective to great places to visit; and some advice on winter things to do. https://www.campingrvbc.com/category/activities/winter-activities/

Winter RVing Tips

Here are some winter tips from our friends at Go RVing Canada – more tips are available on the camping and RVing BC Coalition winter page – check out the blogs at https://www.campingrvbc.com/category/camping-and-rving/rv-how-tos/

  • Always have enough bed quilts and winter clothing around so that everyone can easily live through a furnace failure even if stranded by weather for several days.
  • Park your RV in the sun whenever possible. You’ll be amazed at how much a good winter sun can heat up your RV.
  • Park your RV on support boards. These boards will prevent your RV tires from “sinking” when the ground thaws.
  • If electricity is not a problem, use electric blankets at night to save on propane. Also, using a 1500-watt electric heater or 1500-watt ceramic mini heater will also save on propane and wear and tear of the furnace.
  • Make sure that the heat tape you buy can be crossed over itself, as this will provide the most efficient seal.
  • If you have a motorized RV, check your batteries for water level and periodically start your engine to keep everything in good running order.
  • To keep your RV battery charged, consider getting a solar panel system or an inverter.

Let’s go Camping! Upcoming Annual Events:

  • Mark your calendar for May 21 to May 26, 2019 to participate in next year’s annual event celebrating the RVing and camping lifestyle – Canadian RV and Camping Week.
  • Mark the weekend of September 6-8, 2019 on your calendar, as Canadian campgrounds coast-to-coast participate in the 2019 Camping Appreciation Weekend.

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About the Camping and RVing British Columbia Coalition

The Camping and RVing BC Coalition was formed in 2008 with the support of Destination British Columbia to better position the provincial camping and RVing experience and to capitalize on the growth of nature-based tourism. Coalition members currently include BC Parks, BC Lodging & Campgrounds Association, Recreation Sites and Trails BC, RV Rental Association of Canada, Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association, Kootenay Rockies Tourism, BC Society of Parks Facility Operators, Parks Canada, Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association of British Columbia and the Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC.

Media Contact
Joss Penny
Chair, Camping and RVing BC Coalition
778-383-1036

2018 Fall Camping Appreciation Weekend – September 7-9, 2018

Port Moody, BC. On September 7 – 9, 2018 privately operated campgrounds coast-to-coast are participating in the 2018 Fall Camping Appreciation Weekend to celebrate the camping and RVing lifestyle!

Camping is an affordable family activity that promotes a sense of community, creates lifelong memories and encourages Canadians and International visitors to discover Canada’s rich landscape and engage with nature.

The Camping Appreciation Weekend is a new national initiative coordinated by the Canadian Camping and RV Council and supported by the Camping and RVing BC Coalition to say thank you to campers for their patronage over the summer.

Campers can access a special weekend stay offer of two-nights camping for either $50, $60, $70 or $80 at participating campgrounds (Sep 7-8/Fri-Sat). As well as the weekend offer, many campgrounds are offering promotional stays of “Five Nights for the price of Four” around the weekend (check the listing offers).

British Columbia Camping Appreciation Weekend Participants:

  • Camperland RV Resort, Rosedale BC – http://www.holidaytrailsresorts.com/camperland-rv-resort-cabins/
  • Castlegar Golf Club RV Park, Castlegar, BC – http://www.golfcastlegar.com/rv-park/
  • Country Maples RV Resort, Chemainus, BC – http://www.holidaytrailsresorts.com/country-maples-rv-resort/
  • Eagan Lake Resort, Bridge Lake, BC – http://www.eaganlake.com/
  • Evergreen Fishing Resort, Cache Creek, BC – https://www.evergreenfishingresort.ca/rv-park/
  • Fernie RV Resort, Fernie, BC – http://ferniervresort.com/
  • Fort Camping, Fort Langley, BC – http://www.fortcamping.com
  • Gallagher Lake – A Parkbridge Camping & RV Resort, Oliver, BC – www.parkbridge.com/gallagherlake
  • Heriot Bay Inn & Marina, Quadra Island, BC – http://www.heriotbayinn.com
  • Holiday Park Resort, Kelowna, BC – https://sweetlife.com/
  • Kettle River RV Park Campground, Rock Creek, BC – http://www.kettleriverrv.com/
  • Lemon Creek Lodge & Campground, Slocan, BC – http://www.lemoncreeklodge.com
  • Moosehaven Resort, Hathaway Lake, BC – http://moosehavenresort.com
  • Mountainaire Campground & RV Park, Nanaimo, BC – http://www.mountainairervpark.com
  • Oceanside – A Parkbridge Camping & RV Resort, Victoria (Saanichton), BC – http://www.parkbridge.com/en-ca/rv-cottages/oceanside-resort
  • Pierre’s Point Campground, Salmon Arm, BC – http://www.pierrespointcampground.com
  • Pinantan Lake Resort, Pinantan Lake, BC – http://www.pinantanlake.bc.ca
  • Piper’s Glen RV Resort, Fort Fraser, BC – https://www.pipersglenresort.com/
  • Rondalyn – A Parkbridge Camping & RV Resort, Ladysmith, BC – http://www.parkbridge.com/en-ca/rv-cottages/rondalyn-resort
  • Salmon Arm Camping Resort, Salmon Arm, BC – http://www.salmonarmcamping.com/
  • SunLund By-The-Sea RV Campground & Cabins, Lund, BC – http://www.sunlund.ca
  • Sunshine Valley RV Resort, Hope, BC – http://www.holidaytrailsresorts.com/sunshine-valley-rv-resort-cabins/
  • Wood Lake RV Park & Marina, Lake Country, BC – http://www.woodlakerv.com
  • Woodlands Fishin Resort, Chilanko Forks, BC – https://woodlandsfishingresort.com/

Create Memories …. Go Camping!

About the Camping and RVing British Columbia Coalition
The Camping and RVing BC Coalition was formed in 2008 with the support of Destination British Columbia to better position the provincial camping and RVing experience and to capitalize on the growth of nature-based tourism. Coalition members currently include BC Parks, BC Lodging & Campgrounds Association, Recreation Sites and Trails BC, RV Rental Association of Canada, Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association, Kootenay Rockies Tourism, Tourism Prince George, BC Society of Parks Facility Operators, Parks Canada, Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association of British Columbia and the Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC.

Media Contact

Joss Penny Chair, Camping and RVing BC Coalition 778-383-1036

Anglers and Campers Unite to MAP Campsites and Fishing in Northern BC

Angler’s Atlas and the Camping & RVing BC Coalition have teamed up to help anglers plan their next camping trip! A new Camping BC tab has been added to the Angler’s Atlas website.

Submitted by member Jessica Tricker "A picture from our amazing week long backcountry canoe trip in the beautiful Bowron Lake Canoe circuit in BC."

Submitted by member Jessica Tricker
“A picture from our amazing week long backcountry canoe trip in the beautiful Bowron Lake Canoe circuit in BC.”

Whether you’re looking to park your RV or pitch a tent, there are thousands of campsites close to fishing lakes to choose from. It’s the most affordable way to outsmart the fish and enjoy a one-of-a-kind stay in nature.

Now Northern BC Anglers can find camping information tied to their fishing lake of choice for:

  • Private Campgrounds & RV Parks
  • Provincial Parks
  • Recreational Sites

Sean Simmons President, Angler’s Atlas elaborates “Angler’s Atlas caters to people who love to fish by giving them free fishing maps. Working with Camping and RV in BC, we’ve matched nearby campgrounds with our fishing destinations. We know anglers also love camping, so let’s make it easier for them to plan their trip.”

Joss Penny, Chair, Camping and RVing BC Coalition explained the partnership “British Columbia is considered a lake fishing paradise and our studies show how many campers’ fish. There are thousands of lakes scattered across the province and Anglers Atlas focuses on those that are accessible to the majority of angler’s, that is why teaming up with camping to find a place to stay near lakes makes sense”

This is a three year program to help integrate camping and fishing information. This first phase focuses on camping in Northern BC targeting underutilized campgrounds. Over the next few years partnership will expand that coverage for all campgrounds across BC.

About the Camping and RVing British Columbia Coalition
The Camping and RVing BC Coalition was formed in 2008 with the support of Destination British Columbia to better position the provincial camping and RVing experience and to capitalize on the growth of nature-based tourism. Coalition members currently include BC Parks, BC Lodging & Campgrounds Association, Recreation Sites and Trails BC, RV Rental Association of Canada, Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association, Kootenay Rockies Tourism, Tourism Prince George, BC Society of Parks Facility Operators, Parks Canada, Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association of British Columbia and the Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC.

Media Contacts

Joss Penny, Chair, Camping and RVing BC Coalition – 778-383-1036
Sean Simmons, President, Angler’s Atlas – 250-613-7727

4th Canadian RVing and Camping Week May 22 to May 27, 2018

Kootenay RockiesMore than 2,054,330 campers are likely to camp/RV in BC in the next 2 years

Port Moody, BC. The fourth Canadian RVing and Camping Week occurs Tuesday, May 22 to Sunday, May 27, 2018. It’s a celebration of camping across Canada, while helping to make wishes come true with Make-A-Wish Canada. Go RVing Canada and the Canadian Camping and RV Council are pleased to partner to help raise awareness of the benefits of camping and to help make wishes come true for children facing life-threatening illnesses

In British Columbia, 24 campgrounds are participating and they will be joining other campgrounds and dealers coast-to-coast to raise funds for Make-A-Wish® Canada with a goal of raising $25,000 to help provide experiences and opportunities for these deserving children.

On Saturday, May 26th, around dusk local time, campers are invited to gather around the campfire(s) and simultaneously roast marshmallows and s’mores all across Canada in support of Make-A-Wish® and Canadian RVing and Camping Week. Keeping those with life-threatening illnesses close to their hearts.  If you cannot attend a local event, then consider making a direct donation online.

Camping is an affordable family activity that promotes a sense of community, creates life-long memories and encourages Canadians to discover Canada’s rich landscape and engage with nature.  A recent report, commissioned by the Camping and RVing BC Coalition, found that more than 2,054,330 campers in the short-haul markets of BC, Alberta and Washington are likely to camp or RV in BC in the next 2 years.

Other findings in the report for the BC resident’s questioned showed:

  • The most popular equipment used was a tent/tent trailer (45%) followed by trailer/fifth wheel/truck camper (24%) and motorhome/camper van (18%).
  • About a third of BC residents who camped had camped in shoulder seasons (29% – spring, 29% – fall).
  • 10% of BC residents who camped had camped or RVed in the winter.
  • The estimated camping population for BC was 875,000 of which 34% camped more than 15 days per year.

The importance of camping has been recognized by the province of British Columbia who issued a proclamation to proclaim May 22 – 27, 2018 RVing and Camping Week.

Background:

The Canadian RV and Campground Industry make significant contributions to Canada’s economy. Over 14% of Canadians own RVs and 90% of RV owners say their #1 priority is seeing Canada. Over 1 million RVs are on the road today and RV owners take over 8 million trips a year.  These numbers equate into the camping sector contributing $4.7 billion to Canada’s GDP and creating 60,000 jobs in small communities across the country.

British Columbia has 570 campgrounds representing 38,669 campsites operated by the private sector, municipalities, Parks Canada, and BC Parks. In BC over 662,000 people camped in 2015 – 56% in tents, 9% in trailers, 6% in tent trailers, 9% in fifth wheels and 11% in Motorhomes and 9% in other lodging.

In BC, the camping industry contributes $606 million dollars to British Columbia’s GDP, collectively employs 7,524 people, while generating $137 million in sales and income tax.

Quotes:

“We are thrilled to have Campgrounds in British Columbia join their peers across Canada in the 4th Canadian RVing and Camping Week May 22 – 27, 2018, offering campers discounted stays, organized fundraising events while building memories to cherish. As we kick-off the Canadian RV and Camping Season, I would like to encourage everyone to get outdoors and reserve your campsite to truly experience all the tremendous features that this memorable week has to offer” – Shane Devenish, Director, Canadian Camping and RV Council

“Camping is certainly known for campfires, swimming in the lake and hiking trails, but today it is so much more than that. Camping has evolved as an important way of life for many Canadians to connect with family and friends, while enjoying nature and the outdoors. Canadian RVing and Camping Week May 22 – 27, 2018, encourages Canadians to camp or RV and experience somewhere different with discounted stays. The week is about people celebrating the camping and RVing lifestyle!”  – Joss Penny, Chair, Camping and RVing BC Coalition

About the Camping and RVing British Columbia Coalition
The Camping and RVing BC Coalition was formed in 2008 with the support of Destination British Columbia to better position the provincial camping and RVing experience and to capitalize on the growth of nature-based tourism. Coalition members currently include BC Parks, BC Lodging & Campgrounds Association, Recreation Sites and Trails BC, RV Rental Association of Canada, Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association, Kootenay Rockies Tourism, Tourism Prince George, BC Society of Parks Facility Operators, Parks Canada, Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association of British Columbia and the Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC.

Media Contact

Joss Penny
Chair, Camping and RVing BC Coalition
778-383-1036

Or visit:

http://ccrvc.ca/event-promotion/

https://gorving.ca/canada-rv-camping-week/

https://www.campingrvbc.com/camping-week/

2017 Fall Camping Appreciation Weekend – September 8-9, 2017

Port Moody, BC. On September 8 – 9, 2017 privately operated campgrounds coast-to-coast are participating in the 2017 Fall Camping Appreciation Weekend to celebrate the camping and RVing lifestyle!

Camping is an affordable family activity that promotes a sense of community, creates lifelong memories and encourages Canadians and International visitors to discover Canada’s rich landscape and engage with nature.

The Camping Appreciation Weekend is a new national initiative coordinated by the Canadian Camping and RV Council and supported by the Camping and RVing BC Coalition to say thank you to campers for their patronage over the summer.

Campers can access a special weekend stay offer of two-nights camping for either $50, $60 or $70 at participating campgrounds (Sep 8-9/Fri-Sat). As well as the weekend offer, many campgrounds are offering promotional stays of “Five Nights for the price of Four” around the weekend (check the listing offers).

British Columbia Camping Appreciation Weekend Participants:

Create Memories …. Go Camping!

About the Camping and RVing British Columbia Coalition
The Camping and RVing BC Coalition was formed in 2008 with the support of Destination British Columbia to better position the provincial camping and RVing experience and to capitalize on the growth of nature-based tourism. Coalition members currently include BC Parks, BC Lodging & Campgrounds Association, Recreation Sites and Trails BC – RV Rental Association of Canada, Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association, Kootenay Rockies Tourism, BC Society of Parks Facility Operators, Parks Canada, Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association of British Columbia and the Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC.

Media Contact
Joss Penny
Chair, Camping and RVing BC Coalition
778-383-1036

Camping Etiquette – Let’s Camp with Respect

Vancouver, BC August 2, 2017 – Camping is enjoyed by 22% of the Canadian population and people congregate at supervised campgrounds to enjoy the outdoors and pursue recreational activities. It is important to remember that camping is a shared activity in common space so packing your brain along with the tent or RV is not advised.  Shared space means shared responsibility and extending courtesy to fellow campers.

Rude loud neighbours playing music and hooping or hollering can dampen the mood, as can small children up at 5:00 am screaming as they play. These incidences can be reported to the operator and handled promptly.

But it’s the little things that annoy the most such as people cutting through the campsite you have rented or people carelessly discarding cigarette butts despite a province-wide campfire ban or spits strewn around the gravel base of the rented campsite or garbage bins overflowing with waste that could be recycled at home or generators running all day or tarp spikes in all the trees. To address these campgrounds have rules, but there is also a camping etiquette preached and followed by avid campers.

The Camping and RVing Coalition promotes the following behavioral tips as an unwritten etiquette for all campers in British Columbia to follow please visit https://www.campingrvbc.com/how/camping-rules/etiquette/

Others have come up with their own variants of etiquette but it is safe to end by saying it is all our responsibility to camp with “Respect”.

Still Looking for your August Camping Fix?

Last minute decision makers will find campgrounds located within three to four hours’ distance of major cities such as Vancouver and Victoria very busy, especially on summer weekends. However, reserving a campsite isn’t out of the question but be prepared that you might not get that coveted spot beside the water and the search might take longer than expected.

Camping Appreciation Weekend

Alternatively skip the buzz of the August crowd altogether and instead, hit the road the second weekend in September. Campgrounds across Canada participate in the Fall Camping Appreciation Weekend as a thank-you to campers for camping in British Columbia, offering a special rate of two nights (Friday and Saturday) for either $50, $60, $70 or $80 + GST depending on services. To view participating campgrounds click here.

Know Before You Go – Wildfires

As you may know, some areas of British Columbia are currently dealing with wildfires. However, British Columbia is a very large and diverse province, and there are many areas that are not impacted and are open for business. If you are currently visiting our province or planning a trip, please check out these resources compiled by Destination BC for the latest information.

Create Memories …. Go Camping!

About the Camping and RVing British Columbia Coalition
The Camping and RVing BC Coalition was formed in 2008 with the support of Destination British Columbia to better position the provincial camping and RVing experience and to capitalize on the growth of nature-based tourism. Coalition members currently include BC Parks, BC Lodging & Campgrounds Association, Recreation Sites and Trails BC, RV Rental Association of Canada, Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association, Kootenay Rockies Tourism, BC Society of Parks Facility Operators, Parks Canada, Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association of British Columbia and the Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC.

Media Contact

Joss Penny
Chair, Camping and RVing BC Coalition
778-383-1036

Booking Tips for Last Minute Campers

Vancouver, BC June 26, 2017 – As summer settles in throughout British Columbia, public and private campgrounds across the province quickly fill up, a process that started in the dark winter days of January. You may be planning at the eleventh hour, but you can still plan.

Last minute decision makers will find campgrounds located within three to four hours’ distance of major cities such as Vancouver and Victoria very busy, especially on summer weekends. However, reserving a campsite isn’t out of the question but be prepared that you might not get that coveted spot beside the water and the search might take longer than expected.

Joss Penny, Chair, Camping and RVing BC Coalition says “typically we see an increase of campers during summer weekends and it can be challenging to secure a spot at your favourite campground. I always recommend planning ahead and making a reservation.

Penny recommends “that campers will have more luck if they have three or more location choices planned in advance before securing a campsite.”  The Camping and RVing BC Coalition has some tips for finding a campground and site that that meets your needs:

  1. Determine how far you want to drive and the direction you wish to go in.
  2. Determine what activities you want to do and campground amenities you are looking for (example: lakefront, boating, hiking, washrooms, or a playground).
  3. Visit the Where to Camp page which plots over 1,500 campgrounds (BC Parks, Parks Canada, private RV Parks/Campgrounds and front country Recreation Camping Sites) across the province.
  4. Select the type of campsite, region and amenities you are looking for and click search.  Look through the campgrounds that fit your criteria and narrow down your top choices.
  5. Phone or email the campground well in advance of your trip to ask any questions.
  6. Make your reservation by phone, email or online.
  7. Even popular sites often have a few spots available mere days out from major holidays, so it doesn’t hurt to check.
  8. If there are less than 7 days to plan your summer trip be prepared to contact multiple campgrounds to secure your spot and the likelihood of driving further.
  9. Finding sites four or less hours from major urban centres is difficult on summer weekends so look to travel 6 – 8 hours
  10. Wet summers create availability so last minute travellers can often find spaces.
  11. Camp Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday in high demand areas.
  12. Travel through the North Cariboo region or Northern BC as many sites are available on a nightly drop in basis.
  13. Arrive at campgrounds mid-week to secure first come first serve sites for the weekend.
  14. Piggyback with friends as many campgrounds allow up to four adults per site.

Create Memories …. Go Camping!

About the Camping and RVing British Columbia Coalition
The Camping and RVing BC Coalition was formed in 2008 with the support of Destination British Columbia to better position the provincial camping and RVing experience and to capitalize on the growth of nature-based tourism. Coalition members currently include BC Parks, BC Lodging & Campgrounds Association, Recreation Sites and Trails BC, RV Rental Association of Canada, Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association, Kootenay Rockies Tourism, BC Society of Parks Facility Operators, Parks Canada, Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association of British Columbia and the Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC.

Media Contact

Joss Penny
Chair, Camping and RVing BC Coalition
778-383-1036

2016 Fall Camping Appreciation Weekend – September 9-10, 2016

Port Moody, BC. On September 9 – 10, 2016 privately operated campgrounds coast-to-coast are participating in the 2016 Fall Camping Appreciation Weekend to celebrate the camping and RVing lifestyle!

The Camping Appreciation Weekend is a new national initiative coordinated by the Canadian Camping and RV Council and supported by the Camping and RVing BC Coalition to say thank you to campers for their patronage over the summer.

Participating campgrounds are offering campers a special discounted rate of $50:00 + GST for two nights stay (Friday and Saturday).  Reservations are required and space is subject to availability.

British Columbia Camping Appreciation Weekend Participants:

Barefoot Beach Resort Penticton http://www.barefootresort.ca/
Beaver Lake Resort Lake Cowichan http://www.beaverlakecampground.com
Castlegar Golf Club and RV Park Castlegar http://www.golfcastlegar.com/
Christina Pines Campground Christina Lake http://www.christinapinescampground.org
Dutch Lake Resort & RV Park Clearwater http://www.dutchlake.com/
Finger Lake Wilderness Resort Vanderhoof http://www.fingerlakeresort.com/
Gallagher Lake Resort & Campground Oliver http://www.parkbridge.com/en-ca/rv-cottages/gallagher-lake
Heriot Bay Inn & Marina Heriot Bay http://heriotbayinn.com/
Lemon Creek Lodge & Campground Slocan http://lemoncreeklodge.com/
Mountainaire Campground & RV Park Nanaimo http://www.mountainairervpark.com
Oceanside RV Resort Saanichton http://www.parkbridge.com/en-ca/rv-cottages/oceanside-resort
Parkcanada RV Park & Tenting Delta
Parkside Campground & RV Park Campbell River
Pierre’s Point Campground Salmon Arm http://www.pierrespointcampground.com
Pipers Glen Resort Fort Fraser http://www.pipersglenresort.com/
Riverside Resort (Whistler) Whistler
Shuswap Lake Motel & Resort Sorrento http://www.shuswaplakemotel.com/
Wood Lake RV Park & Marina Lake Country http://www.woodlakerv.com

About the Camping and RVing British Columbia Coalition
The Camping and RVing BC Coalition was formed in 2008 with the support of Destination British Columbia to better position the provincial camping and RVing experience and to capitalize on the growth of nature-based tourism. Coalition members currently include BC Parks, BC Lodging & Campgrounds Association, Recreation Sites and Trails BC, RV Rental Association of Canada, Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association, BC Society of Parks Facility Operators, Parks Canada, Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association of British Columbia and the Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC.

Media Contact

Joss Penny
Chair, Camping and RVing BC Coalition
778-383-1036

Published: September 6th, 2016

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