Get ready camping enthusiasts! Your summer is about to get a whole lot better. Around 600 new campsites are coming to Canada just in time for summer and it sounds amazing. If you haven’t booked any camping trips yet, we strongly suggest you do.
BC is known for its beautiful camping opportunities, and it's about to get even better. On May 23, 2019, the BC government announced in a news release that they will be adding nearly 600 new campsites to the province – 594 to be exact. These campsites will be added all across the province, which means this is the perfect excuse to explore!
From walk-in tent camping to marine sites, 13 Provincial Parks across BC will have a total of 362 new sites. There will also be 232 new sites in 12 of the province's recreational sites.
The new BC Parks camping spots will be located in the regions with the highest demand with many in Metro Vancouver. There will also be new spots throughout the province, such as in the Thompson-Okanagan, Kootenay Rockies and Mount Robson.
These new sites are in addition to 431 new campsites that were created in 2018. That means there are a total of 1,025 new campsites across the province for you to enjoy!
In case you didn’t know, you can do so many things at these campsites. Things like fishing, boating, and mountain biking are all available at these provincial parks. Plus, the views are exceptional so why not beef up your Instagram game while you’re at it?
This year, the chair of the Camping and RVing BC Coalition, Joss Penny, estimated that over one million campers from BC, Alberta, and Washington are expected to camp or RV throughout British Columbia this summer. So an expansion like this was necessary!
With the influx of people camping, the provincial government will also be upgrading existing facilities and infrastructure in Fintry Park, Martha Creek Park, Robson River, and Monck Park.
In order to encourage tourism for locals and visitors, no increase in camping fees will be implemented in provincial parks for the third year in a row.
You can already start making bookings for the camp sites now! They are now available for reservation through the Discover Camping reservation service.
While construction for some of the sites is still underway, you can check the progress through the BC Parks website.