Frequently Asked Questions

How many vehicles are allowed per campsite?

BC Parks charges on a per party basis. Due to wear and tear, maintenance and conservation factors within our parks, limits must be placed on the party size - the number of people and vehicles each campsite can accommodate. Each camping party is allowed:

Vehicles per Camping Party

A camping party may arrive at the campsite with one of the following:

    • a motor vehicle not designed as an accommodation for camping, e.g., car, truck, SUV, non-camperized van, motorcycle*; or
    • a motor vehicle towing a trailer designed as an accommodation for camping, e.g., 5th wheel, travel trailer, tent trailer; or
    • a recreational vehicle (RV), e.g., motor home, camperized truck/van; or
    • a RV with a legally towed motor vehicle; or
    • a motor vehicle or RV towing a trailer not designed as an accommodation for camping, e.g., utility/cargo, or boat trailer.

*to a maximum of one motorcycle per each adult in the party.

A camping party may also include a tent or tents, if suitably accommodated on the campsite pad. A camping party may be allowed a 2nd motor vehicle not designed as an accommodation for camping on the campsite for an additional ½ of the camping fee (to a maximum of $12/night).

Are generators allowed in provincial parks?

Generator use is permitted between the hours of 9am – 11am and from 6pm – 8pm.  This policy was created to help reduce air pollution, greenhouse gas emissions, fuel consumption and noise levels.  Get more information about this policy.

Does BC Parks have a policy on vehicle idling?

As of July 2010, BC Parks has implemented an Idle Free policy in provincial parks.  This policy applies to vehicles and boats moored within the boundaries of a protected area.  Get more information about this policy.

What is the maximum number of people allowed per campsite?

A maximum of eight persons including children (15 years of age and younger). At least one member of the party must be 16 years of age or older. BC Parks camping party definition states:

  • One to four persons 16 years of age or older.
  • A maximum of eight persons including children (15 years of age and younger).

What are the camping, parking and other user fees for provincial parks?

For more information about the provincial park user fees, click here for details.

When are the gates closed?

Gates are opened at 7:00 am and closed at 11:00 pm. Please respect other campers’ right to enjoy a peaceful camping experience.

Are pets allowed in a provincial park?

Domestic pets are not permitted in all parks - please check specific parks for details. In those that allow them, domestic animals must be kept on a leash (no longer than 2 metres - about 6 1/2 feet) or in a vehicle, at all times. Domestic animals are NOT ALLOWED in beach areas or park buildings unless designated by sign. You are responsible for the behavior of any domestic animal you bring into a park and must dispose of its excrement in a manner that does not inconvenience or annoy other park visitors.

Is the area patrolled by security or parks personnel to watch for noisy parties, vandals etc.?

In some parks, depending on the service level of the park, there is either a full-time security presence or a part-time security presence provided by the campground facility officer.

How long can I stay in a provincial park?

While there are a few exceptions, in most parks, there is a 14 days per calendar year maximum stay policy in effect. Haynes Point is 7 days due to the high demand, and a few parks have a long-stay policy in effect, please see the individual park pages for specific details.

What is winter camping and where is it available?

Certain parks within the park system offer a year-round camping opportunities. Generally the services provided during the off-season are minimal, and a camping fee may be charged depending on the particular park.

How can I make a reservation?

To make a reservation online, contact Discover Camping. You can also call the Discover Camping reservation service toll-free at 1-800-689-9025 (a $5.00 surcharge applies for reservations made through the call centre). For general information about reservations click here.

Is hunting or carrying firearms allowed in parks?

No person shall possess or discharge a firearm, bows or crossbows in a park or recreation area except during an open season as specified under the “Wildlife Act” or as authorized. Hunting is permitted in some parks where management deems it appropriate. For more information, Hunting and Trapping Information.

What kind of activities in BC Parks require a permit or permission?

For information on access, uses and/or commercial activities in parks, ecological reserves and protected areas that require an approved permit or permission, visit this page.

Can I pick mushrooms in a provincial park?

Mushroom picking is prohibited in provincial parks as per Sections 10(2) and 32(1) of the Park, Conservancy and Recreation Area Regulations.