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British Columbia is camping country. Whether you like wilderness camping, where you hike in, or a drive-in site to spend a vacation, there are hundreds of places to go. To list them all here would be impossible... At least for us.


Almost all provincial and national parks have campgrounds, with toilet and shower facilities, and a woodpile to stock your campfire. They charge from $15 a night. Activities range from swimming, fishing, canoeing and hiking trails. All B.C. INFO Centres have maps and brochures of most provincial parks.


Private campgrounds are found in most areas: Vancouver Island, the Okanagan, the Cariboo, Chilcotins, Harrison Lake, Sunshine Coast - to name only a few. They have all the facilities of the provincial camps, and often more, and are comparatively priced. Some Native bands also cater to campers, and these are sometimes the best locations to camp on.


If you are seeking walk-in wilderness camping and hiking, then click on the Backpacking section. Here are some BC areas that are spectacular, safe for families, or base camps for other activities like hiking.



VANCOUVER ISLAND

There are many parks to choose from: on lakes, ocean or by rushing rivers. A sample:


Miracle Beach, 23 km north of Courtenay

Rathtrevor Beach, 3 km south of Parksville

Sproat Lake & Stamp Falls both close to Port Alberni

Strathcona, west of Campbell River with 2 campgrounds on Buttle Lake

 

Pacific Rim National Park, One of the most beautiful spots in Canada. Long Beach stretches 7 miles along the west coast of Vancouver Island with tidepools, whalewatching, hiking, a maritime museum, Native art, and is a perfect place for the whole family. Good private camping is found north towards Tofino, including a Native Lodge and campground. Boat rentals, charters in Tofino and Ucluelet.


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The Chilcotins lie on a great plateau that stretches from Williams Lake to Tweesdmuir Park. It is mainly wilderness with small towns such as Alexis Creek.


 

 

 

CENTRAL & NORTHWEST: If you're lucky you may see the famed Kermodei bear, which is only found in the northwest - it's a white relative of the black bear.


Prudhomme Lake Provincial Park is 16 km east of Prince Rupert on the lake with fishing, swimming, trails and canoeing.


Naikoon Park in the Queen Charlottes has two campgrounds, fantastic beaches and is a birdwatchers paradise. Hiking trails along beaches; photographing dall porpoises, sea lions, seals and perhaps whales; visiting native archaeological sites (need permission from Haida!) are some of the wonderful things to do here. Great fishing and kayaking too.

 

The Bella Coola Area is a perfect wilderness area for more primitive camping, with several camp sites in the area. Most are primitive: in the mountains, by the raging river or on the ocean. What the area offers is great fishing, hiking, and adventure. Private campgrounds close to the Bella Coola River, and Hakai Recreational Area, reached only by boat or plane from Bella Bella.

 

Tweedsmuir Provincial Park is large and wilderness with camping in the South Park. Fishing, hiking, horseback riding and a vigourous canoe route on the Turner Lakes Chain. Hunlen Falls at 260 metres is at the north end of Turner Lake.

 

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