14 Best Places To Go Camping In BC This Summer
There's no better way to reconnect with nature.
British Columbia is a serious camping oasis. From short overnight trips to long weekend getaways, B.C. is the ultimate place for extraordinary camping experiences. Whether you're into tent camping or prefer a little glamping, you're definitely going to find an amazing pick on this list.
Start your summer off like a true nature-loving British Columbian with one of these great camping spots throughout the province.
1. Haida Gwaii // Agate Beach Campground
Haida Gwaii is undoubtably one of the best places to visit in British Columbia. The Agate Campground is located inside the Naikoon National Park. With over 32 tent sites sitting right on the edge of the ocean, this magical area will have you coming back every year.
2. Tofino // Bella Pacifica Campground
If you're looking for the ultimate surf experience on this year's camping trip, I suggest heading out to Tofino. It's by far one of the best places to spend some time in the summer in B.C. Lush beaches and island life await you at this Mackenzie Beach campsite.
3. Shuswap Lake // Swan Lake Campground
Located four and a half hours east of Vancouver, Shuswap Lake is the best place in B.C. to enjoy some exciting water sports. Rent anything from houseboats to Sea-Doos, and spend your weekend lounging on the beach, working on that tan. Swan Lake Campground offers both tent and RV sites, but make sure you call ahead to reserve because this spot books up fast.
4. Mount Robson Provincial Park // Berg Lake Campground
If you're an avid hiker, this is the campground of your dreams! Make sure to pack light because you're in for a 20-minute hike from your car to the actual campsite. Don't worry, it's totally worth it for the magnificent views of Mount Robson, the highest mountain in the Rockies.
5. Alouette Lake // North/South Alouette Campground
Located in Golden Ears Park, only a one-hour drive from downtown Vancouver, Alouette Lake is a gorgeous spot to camp at if you've only got a short window of time. There are many different campsites to chose from in Golden Ears Park, but make sure you call ahead to reserve a site because they book up really fast during summer weekends.
6. Cutlus Lake Provincial Park // Sunnyside Campground
This local favourite is another great campsite located relatively close to downtown Vancouver, just a short one-hour drive away. It boasts a huge fresh water lake and plenty of sandy beaches to lounge on. If you don't have the time to stay overnight, it's an awesome place to hang for the day. Be sure to bring your bathing suit and picnic basket!
7. Lillooet Lake // Strawberry Point Campground
Another short drive from Vancouver! This time, you'll be heading North to one of the best campsites in Squamish. If you like to whoop out your tent at the first sign of summer, but aren't a big fan of the cold rainy nights that can come with it, this is your go-to. Although it's only an hour from Vancouver, rain doesn't seem to hit Lillooet Lake, making camping a dream. Bonus: No rain also means no mosquitos!
8. Mount Assiniboine National Park // Assiniboine Lodge
Not your usual camping trip, and definitely a spot for more experienced hikers and adventure enthusiasts. Make sure to research what gear you'll need to pack as this is an isolated camping area with almost untouched landscapes. Don't forget to pack some warm clothing, too; you're in the heart of the mountains, after all.
9. Great Northern Circle Route // North Coast
Looking for a more luxurious camping experience? I highly recommend you rent an RV with some friends and take this 10-day journey along the Great Northern Circle Route in Northern B.C. There are plenty of campgrounds along the way, so where you stop for the night is totally up to you.
10. Wells Gray Provincial Park // Clearwater Lake
If you're up for an adventure, this five-hour drive northeast of Vancouver is the best place for back-country camping. In July, the park is in full bloom, making it by far the prettiest time to visit. Water-sport enthusiasts can also enjoy awesome kayaking experiences here. Plus, there are some incredible waterfalls that you can hike to!
11. Gulf Islands National Park Reserve // McDonald Campground
If you're sick of being the guy who always gets the campsite right next to a young family, the Gulf Islands are for you. You won't find any families or children out here, mostly because of the campsite's isolated locations. With ten campgrounds (seven of which are only accessible by boat) spread over eight islands, this place is certainly a back-country camper's dream.
12. EC Manning Provincial Park // Manning Park
A three-hour drive from Vancouver makes for an unforgettable weekend escapade. Far enough to feel like a getaway, but close enough to retreat back to the city if rain suddenly hits. Another local favourite, this is the spot for your ultimate camping adventures. Great hiking trails, beautiful beaches, pristine water, and canoe rentals for all your summer camping needs.
13. Porpoise Bay // Sunshine Coast
If island life is calling your name, Porpoise Bay's got you covered. A 45-minute ferry ride and a short drive past Sechelt on the Sunshine Coast, and you're there. This campground has a clean-air policy in effect, which means they have communal campfires, making it easy to grab some beers and meet new people!
14. Saltery Bay // Sunshine Coast
If diving is your thing, you need to head out to Saltery Bay this summer. For a true taste of what the rainforest has to offer, this campsite is small but will have you sleeping steps away from beautiful rocky beaches and plenty of wildlife. Rent some diving gear and check out the bronze mermaid statue hidden below the surface of the water in Saltery Bay.