Frequently Asked Questions
Why are there limits of number of people and vehicles allowed on campsites?
Limits are required to keep wear and tear on the campsites to a minimum, to reduce maintenance (costs) requirements and to manage conservation values in BC Parks.
What is the maximum number of people allowed per campsite?
BC Parks camping party definition states:
- At least one member of the party must be 16 years of age or older.
- One to four persons 16 years of age or older.
- A maximum of eight persons including children (15 years of age and younger).
How many vehicles are allowed per campsite/camping party?
A campsite/camping party may have ONE of the following:
- a motor vehicle not designed as an accommodation for camping, e.g., car, truck, SUV, non-camperized van, motorcycle (to a maximum of one motorcycle per adult in party); or
- a motor vehicle towing a trailer designed as an accommodation for camping, e.g., 5th wheel, travel trailer, tent trailer; or
- a recreational vehicle (RV), e.g., motor home, camperized truck/van; or
- a RV with a legally towed motor vehicle; or
- a motor vehicle or RV towing a trailer not designed as an accommodation for camping, e.g., utility/cargo, or boat trailer.
A camping party may also include a tent or tents, if suitably accommodated on the campsite pad. A camping party may be allowed a second motor vehicle not designed as an accommodation for camping on the campsite for an additional ½ of the camping fee (to a maximum of $12/night).
What fees and charges can be expected in provincial parks?
Fees may be in effect for individual and group camping, and backcountry access and camping. There is a charge for making, changing, or cancelling a reservation as well as extra services in parks (i.e. firewood). For more information about the provincial park user fees, click here
How can I make a reservation?
Reservations can be made for many frontcountry campgrounds and group sites as well as for Bowron Lake Circuit and the Berg Lake Trail in Mount Robson. For more information about reservations, click here
To make a reservation online with the BC Parks Discover Camping service, click here
Reservations can also be made by calling Discover Camping toll-free at 1-800-689-9025. A $5.00 surcharge applies for reservations made through the call centre.
What is the difference between a reservation and registration?
Reservations are for a specific campsite, group site or day/time slot in one of the reservable parks or experiences.
A registration is a camping permit to prepay for your backcountry camping at a number of backcountry parks.
How long can I stay in a provincial park?
While there are a few exceptions, the majority of parks invite visitors to stay to a maximum of 14 days per calendar year. There are a few that have a maximum stay of 7 days. See specific park page for details.
A few parks have long-stay programs available. Click here to see list of participating parks
What is winter camping and where is it available?
A few parks offer year-round camping opportunities however, the services provided during the off-season are minimal. A winter camping fee may be charged depending on the particular park.
Some parks allow walk-in camping to self-sufficient campers and/or have designated areas of the park available for off-season camping, even though the campground gates are closed.
To find out if parks are accessible for camping in the off-season, search via our BC Parks website by location, activity, or park name. The individual park pages have opening and closing dates and what services are available.
Are generators allowed in provincial parks?
Generator use is permitted between the hours of 9a.m. – 11a.m. and from 6p.m. – 8p.m. This policy was created to help reduce air pollution, greenhouse gas emissions, fuel consumption and noise levels. Click here for more information
Does BC Parks have a policy on vehicle idling?
BC Parks has an Idle Free policy in provincial parks that applies to both vehicles and boats moored within the boundaries of a protected area. Click here for more information
When are park gates closed?
Gates are closed from 11p.m. to 7a.m. This is also considered “quiet time” in most parks.
Please respect other campers’ right to enjoy a peaceful camping experience.
Are pets allowed in a provincial park?
Domestic pets are not permitted in all parks – please check specific parks for details.
Parks that allow domestic pets require:
- Pets to be kept on a leash no longer than 2 metres (6 1/2 feet) or in a vehicle, at all times.
- Pets to stay out of beach areas or park buildings, unless the area is designated “Pets permitted” by a sign.
- Owners are responsible for behaviour of pets and the disposal of its excrement in a manner that does not inconvenience or annoy other park visitors.
Are parks patrolled by security or parks personnel to watch for noisy parties, vandals etc.?
Some parks, depending on the service level of the park, have either a full-time security presence or a part-time security presence provided by the campground operator.
Is hunting or carrying firearms allowed in parks?
No person shall possess or discharge a firearm, bows or crossbows in a park or recreation area except during an open season as specified under the “Wildlife Act” or as authorized. Hunting is permitted in some parks where the park’s management plan deems it appropriate.
For more information about hunting, click here
What activities require a permit or permission in BC Parks?
For information on access, uses and/or commercial activities in parks, ecological reserves and protected areas that require an approved permit or permission, click here
Can I pick mushrooms in a provincial park?
Mushroom picking is prohibited in provincial parks as per Sections 10(2) and 32(1) of the Park, Conservancy and Recreation Area Regulations.