Park User Fees
here to view the complete list of Provincial
Park Fees (PDF format)
revenues are reinvested in the BC Parks system to maintain and
repair facilities, and to improve services. Many improvements
have taken place in provincial parks in recent years, including:
rebuilding day-use areas and campgrounds, upgrading drinking
water systems, replacing shower and toilet buildings, and improving
trails and roads.
fees range from $10 to $30 per party, per vehicle, per night.
For an additional nightly charge a second vehicle (non RV) may
be allowed on site for 1/2 the campsite fee (to a maximum of
$12/night). Note: A towed vehicle is not considered a second
vehicle.. (See Camping Party Definition
nightly campsite fee is levied on a per party basis depending
on the level of service provided at the campground. Additional
fees must be paid in cash on arrival at the campground.
Person Rate - the per person rates for Maquinna Hotsprings,
Liard Hotsprings, Bowron Lakes Canoe Circuit, Tatshenskini River
Rafting, and group camping, backcountry camping, and backcountry
cabins applies to those 6 years of age or older; the fees do
not apply to those 5 years of age or under.
Camping and Picnicking at Designated Group Sites
group camping charges per night are $1/person (6+), with a $50
minimum and $150 maximum. See
Youth Group criteria.
group camping charges per night are the base rate for the site,
listed in the fee schedule, plus $4/adult (16+, minimum charge
for 15 adults), plus $1/child (6-15).
provincial parks offer reservable camping and picnicking facilities
A volunteer: is a person who freely undertakes to perform a specific
service or function for a ministry that is not normally performed
by employees and who does so without financial remuneration. Volunteers,
with prior approval of a volunteer project or service by a park
officer and completion of a volunteer agreement, are exempt from
frontcountry camping fees. If the volunteer is eligible to be reimbursed
for camping costs by a volunteer organization, university, or other
government program, there will be no exemption from these fees by
BC Parks. Read
more about Volunteering in BC Parks.
Payment and Check-in/Check-out:
Hours of Operation:
and Check-out Times
arriving at the park on a first-come, first-serve basis, payment
can only be made in cash. No personal cheques, bank
debit or credit cards are accepted. Canadian currency is preferred.
parks, the park facility operator collects camping fees at
require self-registration. Instructions are posted
at the fee station and on the envelopes provided. The registration
receipt must be displayed on the campsite number post.
first-served check-in time is between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m.
Check-in procedures and hours vary between parks.
time is 11 a.m. (for all campers).
reserved through Discover Camping.
site has been reserved through the Discover Camping Service,
a confirmation number is issued for each reservation. Please
have this available on arrival at the campground, or for reservation
changes or cancellations.
Park user charges may be applicable, and must be paid in cash.
campers with reservations, check-in time is between 1 p.m. to
10 p.m. Procedures for obtaining a reserved campsite are
posted on information board at the entrance to the park/campground,
or are available at the gatehouse.
time is 11 a.m. (for all campers).
operating season, park gates open at 7 a.m. and close at 11 p.m.
unless otherwise noted.
length of stay in any provincial park is 14 days per park, per calendar
year. Some parks may limit maximum length of stay to seven days.
Limits will be posted in the park.
Camping Party Definition
Due to wear and tear, maintenance and conservation factors within
our parks, limits must be placed on the party size, i.e., the number
of people and vehicles each campsite can accommodate.
Party size for one vehicle accessible campsite:
to four persons 16 years of age or older.
least one member of the camping party MUST be 16 years or older.
maximum of eight persons including children (15 years of age
Maximum is one camping party per site, unless otherwise
vehicle and trailer (including towed vehicle). Either one (but
not both) may be an RV.
second vehicle (non-RV) may be allowed on site for an additional
nightly charge of 1/2 the campsite fee (to a maximum of $12/night).
A towed vehicle is not considered a second vehicle.
member of a party may have one motorcycle i.e. four people with
two motorcycles towing bike trailers, is one camping fee.
regular group camping or picnicking party must consist of a
minimum of 15 people or more.
youth group camping or picnicking party must consist of a minimum
of 12 people or more. A youth group means a k-12 school, recreation
centre or not-for-profit youth organization located within BC,
undertaking a camping or day-use trip.
Here is a
Size Definition Table (PDF format) that explains camping party,
second vehicle on-site and campsite maximum calculations.
Parking fees for vehicles and buses in all BC Parks were eliminated
effective May 2011.
Camping Fees for Persons with Disabilities
of this program is to provide support for persons with disabilities
who are also receiving income assistance from the authorities identified.
free - what are the criteria? If you meet any ONE of the following
criteria, your camping party can camp for free. There is also no
charge for a second non-recreational vehicle.
This discount does not apply to group camping, group picnicking,
backcountry and marine fees or reservation fees.
Campsite Fees for Seniors
Senior camping discounts for British Columbia residents that are
65 years of age and older are available from the day after Labour
Day to June 14th of the following year. During the peak season (June
15 – Labour Day), there are no seniors discounts.
senior rate is the campsite's regular summer camping fee divided
if there is a winter camping fee for that campsite that is LESS
than the above, then the senior’s rate is equal to the winter
if a campsite is usually $30 per party, the senior rate will be
$15 (half price). But if the winter camping fee is $11, then the
senior fee will be $11.
discount does not apply if the camping party includes an adult
who is not a senior or the spouse of a senior (up to four seniors/spouses
are allowed, children under 16 are allowed up to a maximum of
8 people total).
discount does not apply to group camping, group picnicking,
backcountry, marine and day-use fees.
discount is for frontcountry camping only.
June 15 through to Labour Day (first Monday in September), the
full rate applies.
second vehicle (non-RV) may be allowed on site for an additional
nightly charge of 1/2 the campsite fee paid by the senior (to
a maximum of $12/night).
collectors may ask to see proof of age and British Columbia
Service Fees and Discover Camping Information
BC Parks Backcountry Registration System
The new BC
Registration System allows you to purchase a backcountry permit
before leaving home. This service provides the convenience of paying
the registration fee in advance by credit card and eliminates the
need to fill out a registration form at the park. There are no additional
fees to register.
Camping - Backcountry means an area in a park or recreation area
that is primarily for wilderness hiking and backpacking. There are
usually no facilities available.
27 parks are
participating in the online Backcountry Registration Service.
Cascade Recreation Area
Juan De Fuca
Pirates Cove Marine
Wallace Island Marine
backcountry areas in most of these parks are available year-round,
this registration service is available for periods when fees
are charged for overnight backcountry stays. You can register
up to two weeks in advance of your trip.
backcountry permit system is for backcountry and marine site
use only. This system will not be used for car camping or controlled
back country permits such as Berg Lake Trail (Mount Robson)
and Bowron Lake.
registration fee allows for overnight camping in back country
areas but does not guarantee that a site in a specific area
will be available.
registration facilities are still available at some designated
trail heads and access points.
back country registrations are final and fees are non-refundable
- No exceptions!
within your ability and prepare for your trip. Please follow the
link to purchase your permit.
Camping - Backcountry means an area in a park or recreation
area that is not frontcountry. Backcountry campsites are primarily
for wilderness hiking and backpacking. There are usually no
Accommodation - Some backcountry provincial parks offer
cabin accommodation, primarily during the winter months.
Camping - Frontcountry means an area in a park or recreation
area within one kilometre of either side of the centre line
of a park road or a highway. Frontcountry campsites are generally
accessible by vehicle and offer designated campsites, facilities
and recreational opportunities. Due to wear and tear, maintenance
and conservation factors within our parks, limits must be placed
on the party size, i.e., the number of people and vehicles each
campsite can accommodate.
Person Rate - The per person rates apply to those 6 years
of age or older.
Camping - A vessel means a boat, canoe, kayak or other craft
used, or capable of being used, for navigation on water. Some
marine parks offer this type of camping.
Canoe - A voyageur canoe is designed to carry six or more
Camping - Walk/cycle-in designated camping areas do not
allow vehicle parking in the campground area. Some frontcountry
campgrounds offer walk/cycle-in designated camping areas.
Camping - Frontcountry parks that are open year-round may
offer winter camping. All campers must be self-sufficient as
limited facilities are available.
applicable: the Harmonized Sales Tax (HST) is included in
fee for the overnight use of dock or mooring buoy facilities
also applies to vessels that tie or anchor to another
vessel using the dock or mooring buoy facilities;
west side of the Bowron Lake Circuit means Bowron Lake,
Spectacle Lakes, Skoi Lake, Babcock Lake and Unna Lake;
annual fee (January 1 to December 31 of each year) for
access by vessel applies to Cinnemousun Narrows, Silver
Beach and Shuswap Lake Marine (Multi-Site) Parks.