Many people enjoy camping in the Canada, because it is all about freedom, adventure, simplicity, back to basics and peacefulness. It is about oneness with nature, being out there, seeing the stars at night, swimming in the lake, rafting the wild rivers and relaxing at the fireplace with your family and friends. What many people do not know is that you can camp for free at more than 1200 campgrounds in British Columbia alone, and that a lot of these campgrounds are really wonderful! So, if you plan to spend your holidays camping in West-Canada, you may decide to rent your camping equipment and car, consider some of these free campgrounds and you are set for a fantastic but also inexpensive holiday.
These sites were formerly known as forest recreation sites and were once the responsibility of the Ministry of Forests. They are now the responsibility of the Recreation Sites and Trails Branch of the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and the Arts of British Columbia. Access to these sites is often on logging roads and they commonly include campgrounds, day-use areas, boat launches and other facilities like toilets, tables, firewood sales places, and in some cases supervision and maintenance. Some sites are user maintained, at these sites, users are expected to do most of the upkeep. Campers are asked to respect the environment and pack out whatever they pack in.
The ministry monitors user maintained sites and provides a basic level of service such as pumping toilets, replacing damaged or worn facilities and removing hazardous trees. Generally most places are easily reachable by normal 2 wheel drive car and even RV/Camper. Some of these campgrounds are really large, some are very small. They are however all on the most exceptional sighting locations. But also note: you will not find hot showers or reception offices. It is back to basic, but isn’t that what camping is all about. This is the real thing. At most places, there is a lake or a river where you can wash.
Are you feeling adventurous today?