The fees you pay for camping help BC Parks maintain campgrounds and camping infrastructure for everyone to enjoy. This page provides details of camping fees, transaction fees, discounts, and exemptions.
Look on this page for information about:
- Camping fees and transaction fees
- Parking, groupsite, and additional fees
- How to claim the BC Senior Camping Discount
- How to claim the Social Services Camping Fee Exemption
For a full park-by-park list of camping fees, download the camping fees and information supplement [PDF]. For full details of our reservation policies, download the reservation services policies and terms [PDF].
Camping fees and transaction fees
Tax is included in camping fees. Tax is added to all transaction fees.
There are two types of fees:
- Camping fees pay for your campsite and parking place as well as other campground services and amenities. They help us maintain park facilities.
- Transaction fees include reservation fees, change fees, and call centre surcharges. Transaction fees are non-refundable. They help us maintain the reservation service.
Fees for frontcountry and backcountry camping reservations
- To secure a camping reservation, you must pay all camping fees and transaction fees in advance
- You pay these fees when making your reservation at camping.bcparks.ca or via our call centre at 1-800-689-9025 (1-519-858-6161 internationally)
- You can pay all your fees using Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Visa Debit, or Mastercard Debit
- Transaction fees are $6 per campsite or tent pad per night, up to a maximum of $18 per site (plus tax)
- There is an additional $5 transaction surcharge (plus tax) for reservations, cancellations, or changes made via the call centre
Fees for first come, first served campsites
- When you use a campsite on a first come, first served basis (in other words, without making a reservation), camping fees are paid directly to the park operator
- There are no transaction fees for first come, served camping (transaction fees are only charged when you make a reservation)
- Fees can be paid in cash (Canadian currency) or, where the facilities exist, by credit or debit card
- At some campgrounds, a drop box is provided where you can self-register for camping and deposit your cash payment
Parking, groups, and additional fees
|Vehicle parking||• Parking for one vehicle is included in your camping fees |
• More vehicles can be parked for an additional fee if there is space
• The additional fee is 50% of your base camping fee, per vehicle
• This additional fee has a maximum charge of $12 per vehicle
• For information on parking fees for towed-in vehicles and RVs, download the camping fees and policies supplement [PDF]
|Group camping||• There is a base fee for each groupsite, which varies by park |
• On top of the base groupsite fee, there is a nightly per-person fee
• For adults (aged 16 or over), the per-person fee is $5 per night
• For children under 16, the per-person fee is $1 per night
• Children under the age of six camp for free
• Group bookings are charged for a minimum of 15 adults per night
• For more information on reserving a groupsite, see the group camping page
|Youth groups||• There is a base fee for each youth group, which varies by park |
• On top of the base fee, there is a $1 per-person charge
• Children under the age of six camp for free
• There is a $50 minimum and $150 maximum youth group fee
• For more information and criteria for qualifying as a youth group, see the group camping page
|Changes||• If you change or cancel your reservation, there may be extra fees |
• For information on these fees, see the cancellations and refunds page
|Other fees||• Extra camping fees are charged for services such as electrical hook-up, sani-station use, and firewood |
• These extra fees vary between parks (download the camping fees and policies supplement [PDF] for full details)
BC Senior Camping Discount
To claim the BC Senior Camping Discount, you must choose the discounted rate when making your reservation. The discount cannot be applied later.
The BC Senior Camping Discount gives B.C. residents over 65 a half-price rate on any campground’s regular camping fee. This applies only outside peak season. To qualify for the BC Senior Camping Discount:
- Your camping party must have no more than four adults
- All the adults in your party must be B.C. seniors or their spouses or partners
- Your party must have no more than eight people total (including under-16s)
During the peak season (June 15–Labour Day), this discount is not available, and you must pay the regular camping fee.
If a winter rate is in effect and is under half the regular fee, you pay the winter fee:
- If the regular rate is in effect and is $30 per party, the BC Senior fee is $15
- If the winter rate is in effect and is $11, the BC Senior fee is $11
The discount is on base camping fees, not transaction fees. It does not apply to:
- Additional fees for services like electrical hook-up, firewood, and RV rental
- Group camping, picnic shelter, backcountry, marine, or cabin fees
For an explanation of the different types of fees BC Parks charges, see camping fees and transaction fees, above.