- 2023 Camping Season – Updates ▼
Extended booking window
As of January 3, 2023, BC Parks Reservation Service will be moving to a 4-month rolling booking window for frontcountry and backcountry reservations. On January 3, reservations will be available for arrivals up to May 3. On January 4, May 4 arrivals will be available – and so on.
The 4-month booking window does not apply to group sites and picnic shelters. Group site and picnic shelter reservations are remaining on the 12-month booking window.
Reservations for the Bowron Lake Canoe Circuit open for the 2023 season on December 1, 2022 at 7am PT.
For more information, visit Reservation Policies.
Important News and Updates
- December 6, 2022 Free vehicle passes optimize access to Mount Seymour Park
As more people are drawn to the beauty of the Lower Mainland’s North Shore mountains, free vehicle passes will again be required to access Mount Seymour Provincial Park.Beginning Dec. 15, 2022, free vehicle day-use passes will be required between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. to access the upper mountain parking lots (P1 and Lower P5).
Passes are available to download and print at: reserve.bcparks.ca/dayuse/
Passes can be booked two days in advance of the planned visit.
- November 8, 2022 Camping reservations open soon for 2023
It's time to get out the calendar and start planning camping trips in more provincial parks next year.
At 7 a.m. (Pacific time) on Jan. 3, 2023, many of BC Parks' campsites will open for reservations. People can book a site four months ahead of their desired arrival date instead of the previous two-month booking window. A list of campground operating and reservable dates can be found at park operating dates.
- October 11, 2022 2022 season sets BC Parks reservation record
A record number of people made reservations for campsites, day-use passes, backcountry permits, cabins and picnic shelters in provincial parks this season.
More than 317,000 reservations were made on the new BC Parks reservation service for the 2022 season, for an increase of 26.5% since 2019.
- June 7, 2022 BC Parks day-use pass program continues in three popular parks
- The free BC Parks day-use pass program will continue in three popular provincial parks this summer to maintain a balance between growing numbers of visitors and conserving the natural environment.
- March 16, 2022 BC Parks updates camping reservation system
Camping enthusiasts can now try out the improved BC Parks reservation service before it opens for bookings on March 21.
The new online reservation service, camping.bcparks.ca, is part of a broader redesign of BC Parks’ digital services to improve the park experience from computer to campground. People can now visit the site to create user accounts and save booking preferences to prepare for their upcoming camping excursions.
- February 10, 2022 BC Parks additions strengthen protection of wildlife habitat, ecosystems
- Increased protection for diverse wildlife habitat, wetlands and bolstering the natural legacy of existing parks are all parts of strategic land additions to strengthen B.C.’s system of parks and protected areas.
- February 9, 2022 Conservancy renamed Ice Mountain, reflects Tahltan heritage
- A recently established conservancy in a remote region of northwestern B.C. now has an Indigenous name rooted in Tahltan Nation heritage, tradition, culture and history.
- January 28, 2022 Improvements coming to BC Parks digital services
- BC Parks is inviting British Columbians to participate in the redesign of its digital services since the journey for many people seeking outdoor experiences begins online.
- January 26, 2022 Parks licence plates drive improvements for BC Parks
- The BC Parks Licence Plate Program is marking its five-year anniversary, and more than 300 diverse projects and programs have been supported to further protect and enhance B.C.’s world-renowned parks system.
- January 6, 2022 Four-season recreation comes to E.C. Manning Provincial Park
- The new Skyview Campground is open with 62 campsites available during the winter and 92 sites during the summer. All campsites have hookups for water, power and sewer, making it the first fully serviced campground for BC Parks.
- December 15, 2021 Family camping, recreation opportunities acquired for Tribune Bay Provincial Park
- Natural, cultural and recreational values near Tribune Bay Provincial Park on Hornby Island are set to gain protection through a proposed park addition that includes an existing private campground.
- December 6, 2021 Free Day-Use Vehicle Passes required at Mount Seymour Park starting December 15, 2021
- Passes are available online two days in advance of your visit, beginning at 7am PT December 13, 2021. For more information, visit the Day-Use Pass page.
- December 6, 2021 Teachings, history explored through renamed park
- The small island park, formerly known as Newcastle Island Marine Park, is now called Saysutshun (Newcastle Island Marine) Park, (pronounced SAY-sut-shun), and is a place known for healing, preparation and transformation.
- October 5, 2021 Conservation, culture at the heart of newly protected areas
- A new provincial park on southern Vancouver Island will soon be established to protect a vital ecosystem important to the Cowichan people, honouring Indigenous cultural and spiritual history, and aiding in the conservation of threatened species.
- October 4, 2021 New investments in BC Parks create more access to nature
- Millions of people headed out to BC’s provincial parks this year to experience the very best that nature has to offer. The record number of visitors is resulting in new investments to make the future BC Parks experience even better.
- July 12, 2021 Province acquires land to expand seven parks, one protected area
Rare grasslands in the Okanagan, a heritage river in the Cowichan Valley and the largest freshwater marsh in southwestern B.C. are among the unique ecosystems to gain more protection through planned expansions to B.C.’s parks and protected areas system.
The Province has acquired more than 229 hectares of land intended to be added to seven provincial parks and one protected area.
- June 29, 2021 Campfires prohibited in British Columbia
- Effective at noon (Pacific time) on Wednesday, June 30, 2021, campfires, Category 2 and Category 3 open fires will be prohibited throughout the province of British Columbia.
- June 15, 2021 BC Parks pilots plans for managing, promoting access to nature
Better protection for the environment and new, expanded measures for British Columbians to access nature are coming to BC Parks this summer.
To address the surge in visitors in five of the province’s most popular parks, new and revised initiatives are being introduced this season as part of the continued free day-use pass pilot program.
- June 4, 2021 Making BC Parks more welcoming, accessible
- "Everyone is welcome in nature" is a message that carries the spirit of a renewed commitment by BC Parks to make outdoor recreation more accessible and inclusive.
- June 1, 2021 From trails to toads, volunteers strengthen BC Parks
- Rachel Shephard and the Freeze family are among the hundreds of groups and individuals who donate their time and energy to stewardship of the province’s 1,036 parks and protected areas. BC Parks values the contributions made by volunteers and recognizes those who go above and beyond through its biannual achievement awards.