Camping for free in British Columbia, Canada

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Why pay scalper prices for a campsite when you can camp for free in thousands of locations in British Columbia?

Recently, news reports of individuals and companies buying a full season at a campsite or buying blocks of campsites during long weekends has raised the ire of some campers.

Why pay when you can camp for free? For years I went camping for free with the family all around BC. In those days most of the free sites didn’t have cut firewood, but that may have changed now. In my day the sites were simply referred to as Forestry Campsites because the BC Forest Service maintained them. Yes, they weren’t deluxe sites. Heck, I was camping. But most campsites I visited were in beautiful locations, quiet, and somewhat remote.

Check to see if a similar service is available where you want to go camping.

The BC government has a website titled Recreation Sites and Trails operated by the Ministry of Forests. I’ll provide the link in a minute. Some BC forsestry campsites may charge a fee nowadays. Check their web site for details on the campsite of your choice.


CHECK THE RECREATION SITES & TRAILS listed on their website for current conditions or possible closures due to fires or other events.

For the latest info on CAMPFIRE RESTRICTIONS and FIRE PROHIBITIONS in your desired camping region check the BC WILDFIRE SERVICE WEBSITE

During times of high fire risk, be prepared and bring a portable stove for cooking.

Here is the link to the BC Ministry of Forests Recreation Sites & Trails.


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