Camping is one of the most popular recreational activities on Vancouver Island in British Columbia, and campgrounds in BC are as varied as the wonderful terrain in which they are located. Campers can pitch tents in private campsites, in BC Recreation Campsites located on Crown land outside of parks, and alongside lakes or rivers, but the real camping highlight is a space in one of Vancouver Island’s magnificent provincial or national park campgrounds!
Private Campgrounds and Camping Services
- Private Campgrounds & RV Parks in Greater Victoria
- Private Campgrounds & RV Parks on Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands
- Camping Services on Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands
- Camping Trips on Vancouver Island (By Kayak, Horseback or Backpacking)
- Motorhome/RV Rentals
Recreation: Camping Information
Provincial Park Campgrounds and Reservations
Information on provincial park campgrounds for which a reservation service is available, park campsites for which no reservations are possible, and how to reserve a provincial park campsite by phone or online.
National Park Campgrounds and Reservations
There are seven national parks in British Columbia, all offer Frontcountry Camping, Backcountry Camping, Huts and Cabins, and Winter Camping. Reservations can be made for camping in three of them: Gulf Islands National Park, Kootenay National Park, and Pacific Rim National Park.
Camping on Crown Land in BC Recreation Sites
Camping is also available at any of more than 1,100 recreation campgrounds situated on Crown land outside of provincial or national parks that have been made available for recreational use. The sites are rustic, usually small (less than 10 vehicle units), and located near lakes and rivers, blending in with the natural surroundings. Although these sites do not offer sophisticated amenities, such as power hook-ups and piped water, they include basic sanitary facilities, fire rings, picnic tables, and boat launch ramps where appropriate.
Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions about parks and campgrounds in British Columbia, including regulations on vehicles per campsite, vehicle and trailer size, people per campsite, length of stay, campground reservations, generators, vehicle idling, gate times, pets, security, noise, winter camping, firearms and hunting, permits, mushroom picking, campfires, firewood, bicycles, and bear safety.
Provincial Park User Fees
Information on fees for camping, additional vehicles, camping and picnicking at group sites, fees for seniors and persons with disabilities, volunteer fee exemptions, payment of fees, check-in and check-out times, hours of operation, and the backcountry registration system.
Orca DreamsOrca Dreams
Orca Dreams offers twenty years experience hosting people from around the world in the wildlife-rich waters of Johnstone Strait and Broughton Archipelago, off the east coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia. Orca Dreams now offers Canada’s first whale-watching camp, with BC packages that include 4 days of luxury camping.
Watch surfacing humpback whales, a passing pod of orcas, or a curious seal pass by while sipping your morning coffee from your waterfront safari-style tent. Whale watch from camp, kayak or boat, surrounded by the rich wildlife of coastal BC.
Orca Dreams is situated within the traditional territory of the Mamalilikula-Qwe’Qwa’Sot’Em First Nation, on Compton Island on the edge of Blackney Pass, one of the most wildlife-rich marine ecosystems in the world. Blackney Pass connects Queen Charlotte Strait with Johnstone Strait where the strong currents churn up nutrients from deep below, feeding everything from small herring to the 40-ton humpback whales.
Blackney Pass is also one of the best places in North America to view Orcas – also known as Killer Whales – as they make their way to and from Johnstone Strait and the rubbing beaches of Robson Bight on Vancouver Island.