The BC Ministry
of Tourism Culture and the Arts maintains more than 1,200 recreation
campsites under it's Recreation Sites and Trails BC program. The
campsites are located around British Columbia for the camping enjoyment
of residents and visitors to B.C.
and trails are public campgrounds and trails located on Crown land
outside of parks and settled areas. They provide enjoyable recreation
experiences generally within an integrated resource management setting.
This means that the land base is managed for a variety of land uses,
which may include forestry, cattle grazing, mineral extraction,
oil and gas exploration, recreation, fish and wildlife management,
and watershed protection. While visiting recreation sites and trails,
you can expect to encounter a number of these land management activities.
Recreation sites and trails were formerly known as Forest Service
recreation sites and trails, and were previously the responsibility
of the BC Ministry of Forests.
sites provide a simple, rustic camping experience. Generally located
in remote areas and accessed by gravel forestry roads, recreation
sites provide only basic facilities, such as fire rings, picnic
tables, outhouses, and, where appropriate, boat-launching ramps.
Potable water is not available, and there is no electricity at recreation
sites. At a limited number of recreation sites with on-site operators,
supervisory services are provided. All recreation sites are on a
first-come first-served basis, with no reservation system available.
There are two basic
types of recreation sites:
These sites are managed through partnership agreements with recreation
groups, community organizations, First Nations, private citizens,
local governments, and forest companies. Camping fees are charged
to pay for the services provided by the agreement holder, which
may include supervision, daily maintenance, and facility/structure
maintenance. Camping fees can range from $10-$15 per night for a
person, family or party of six.
These sites are managed through partnership agreements or maintenance
contracts. No fees are charged for the services provided because
the agreement holder has alternative ways of recovering the costs
(e.g., volunteers), or the ministry covers the cost of the maintenance
The amenities available at recreation sites vary from one location
to another. Potable water and electricity are not available at any
sites. Typical amenities and services at a recreation site may include:
Recreation Site or Recreation Trail
Recreation Sites and Recreation Trails can be found on the Recreation
Sites and Trails BC website through the following links:
If you require additional information on recreation sites, please
contact Recreation Sites and Trails BC through their website at
Forest Service Recreation maps are no longer produced or distributed.
However, regional maps created in partnership with BC Parks are
available at tourism information booths for the Kootenay and Vancouver
BC’s recreation trails are used for many different purposes,
including hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, ATV riding,
cross-country skiing, and snowmobiling. The types of trails available
can range from rustic, single-track paths through dense forest to
wide-tracked rail trails with high quality tread surfaces.
Many of the
trails are set in spectacular natural settings, and in addition
to providing access to beautiful destinations, they also provide
users with a sense of enjoyment, fulfillment and accomplishment
along the journey. There are also many historical and heritage trails
in BC that trace the footsteps of our forbearers and remind us of
important events in the development of British Columbia.
As with recreation
sites, some recreation trails have user fees while others are free
of charge. Recreation trails where fees are charged are managed
under a partnership agreement whereby the partner charges a fee
for services provided, such as trail grooming, brushing, and other
can be found by using the same search links provided above for Recreation