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Frontcountry camping

Frontcountry camping is a great way for the whole family to experience British Columbia’s extraordinary outdoor spaces. Frontcountry reservations are available at over 110 campgrounds in provincial parks across B.C. At some very popular campgrounds, reservations are required.  

Frontcountry’ means an area within 1km of a park road or a highway. Frontcountry campgrounds are accessible by vehicle, and they offer a range of amenities not available in the backcountry.

Campsites that cannot be reserved are offered on a first come, first served basis. In many cases, reservable sites that have not been booked can also be used on a first come, first served basis.

Want to find out if a particular campground requires frontcountry camping reservations? Need to know what opportunities a park offers for first come, first served camping? Check the park’s webpage for details.

This page provides information that will help you make your frontcountry camping reservation. Look here to learn about:

Making a reservation

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When to make a reservation

  • You can make a reservation for your entire stay up to four months before your desired arrival date
  • New frontcountry camping reservations become available at 7am Pacific Time daily

Example: If you want to arrive on July 25 and stay four nights, you can reserve all four nights starting at 7am PT on March 25

  • Restricted booking window: if your reservation is made on the first day of the four-month or twelve-month booking window, you cannot change your dates.

Example: If your arrival date is July 1 and you booked on March 1, you cannot change the arrival or departure date.

  • Because most parks lack internet connectivity, most reservations can only be made up until 8pm two days before your arrival date

Example: If you want to arrive on July 25, you must make your reservation before 8pm on July 23

  • Parks that have internet connectivity accept reservations right up until your arrival date

How to make a reservation

  • Anyone over 16 years of age can make a frontcountry camping reservation via
  • Reservations can also be made by calling 1-800-689-9025 toll free from Canada and the US or 1-519-858-6161 internationally
  • You must pay all camping fees and transaction fees in advance to secure your booking (see the fees section of this page, below)
  • When booking your reservation, you must specify the ‘named occupant’ who will be your official reservation holder
  • This named occupant can be yourself or another person, but they must be present when your party arrives and throughout your stay
  • 'Named occupants' cannot hold multiple reservations for the same dates

If the named occupant cannot be present throughout your stay, your reservation must be rebooked with an occupant who can be present. The named occupant may be asked to show ID during your stay to keep your reservation valid.

How to change or cancel a reservation

For detailed information on when you can and cannot change or cancel a reservation, see the cancellations and refunds page

  • Reservation changes or cancellations must be made by the account holder who made the original booking
  • Date changes cannot be made on reservations that were booked on the restricted booking window.
  • To change your reservation to a different campground or park, you must cancel your original reservation and re-book
  • Reservations cannot be transferred or sold to another party, and any attempt to do so will lead to cancellation, without refund
  • At most parks, changes cannot be made after 8pm two days before your scheduled arrival

Parks that take same-day reservations can accept cancellations up to your scheduled arrival

  • If you change or cancel your reservation, there will be additional charges (see fees, below)
  • Changes or cancellations made after arriving at the campground must be made directly with the park operator

For detailed information on cancellations and refunds, see the cancellations and refunds page.

Check-in and check-out

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Arrival and departure times

  • Check-in is after 1pm on your scheduled arrival date, and check-out is before 11am on your scheduled departure date
  • You must claim your reserved spot before 11am the day after your scheduled arrival date
  • If you do not arrive by then, your reservation is cancelled without refund and your site is made available to others
  • The reservation holder (‘occupant’) you named when booking your reservation must be present upon arrival and throughout the stay

Maximum stays

  • Anyone visiting BC Parks can stay up to 14 nights per park per calendar year (see the sẁiẁs and Porteau Cove pages for exceptions)
  • The following parks have long-stay programs that allow for stays of four weeks to six months:
Big Bar LakeBuckinghorse River WaysideCarp Lake
Charlie LakeCrooked RiverLac La Hache
Meziadin LakeMoberly LakeMoyie Lake
Norbury LakeOne Island LakePaarens Beach
Ten Mile LakeTunkwa 

Rules for statutory holidays

  • On statutory holiday weekends, you must reserve your campsite for a minimum of three nights
  • If the statutory holiday falls on a Monday, you must book Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights
  • If the statutory holiday falls on a Friday, you must book Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights
  • When a statutory holiday falls on any day other than a Friday or Monday, no minimum stay applies

For a list of this year’s statutory holidays, see the provincial government’s guide to statutory holidays in B.C.

Party size and vehicles

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Camping party sizes

Only one camping party is allowed on each campsite. A camping party must have:

  • A minimum of one adult (16 years or older)
  • No more than four adults
  • No more than eight people total (including under-16s)

Examples of permitted camping party sizes:

  • One adult in charge of up to seven under-16s
  • Two adults in charge of up to six under-16s
  • Three adults in charge of up to five under-16s
  • Four adults in charge of up to four under-16s

If you arrive with more people or vehicles than your reservation states, the park operator decides how to accommodate them. Usually, additional people cannot stay on your campsite and must book their own site.

If no sites are available, these additional people might be required to leave the campground. However, the park operator may let them to stay on your site for an additional fee. This is not guaranteed and is at the park operator’s discretion.

Many campgrounds in B.C. offer groupsites for larger camping parties. For more information, see the group camping page.

Double sites

  • Many campgrounds also offer double sites, which consist of two adjacent campsites, with one camping party allowed per site
  • Double sites provide the same facilities as two individual sites, but the sites share a driveway and are open to each other
  • Double sites must be reserved together, and only a single transaction fee is required to book a double site

Vehicle parking

Parking for one vehicle is automatically included in your reservation. You can usually add an extra vehicle to your reservation, for a fee, when booking. To see if vehicles can be added at the park you are visiting, see

For more details on party sizes and vehicle allowances, download the camping fees and reservation policies supplement [PDF].


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Camping fees and transaction fees

Camping fees vary by park. To get fee information for a specific park, find its webpage or download the camping fees and reservation policies supplement [PDF].

Two types of fees must be paid when booking a reservation: camping fees and transaction fees

  • Camping fees pay for your campsite and parking place as well as other campground services and amenities
  • Transaction fees include reservation fees, change fees, and call centre surcharges, which help us maintain the reservation service
  • You can pay all your camping fees and transaction fees using Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Visa Debit, or Mastercard Debit
  • The reservation service lets you put three reservations in your shopping cart, but separate transaction fees are applied to each
  • The Seniors Camping Discount and Social Services Camping Fee Exemption may apply to camping fees but do not apply to transaction fees

For more information on discounts, exemptions, and anything to do with fees, see the camping fees page.

Cancellations and refunds

  • If you cancel a reservation, you will receive a full or partial refund of camping fees (subject to policies outlined on the cancellations and refunds page) 
  • All transaction fees, including change fees, cancellation fees, and call centre surcharges, are non-refundable 
  • If you cancel nights within seven days of arrival, you may receive only a partial refund of your camping fees

For detailed information on our cancellation and refund policies, see the cancellations and refunds page.

Rates for frontcountry camping

Camping fees Vary by park (for details, see the park’s webpage)
Transaction fees for booking$6 per campsite per night, to a maximum of $18 per site (plus tax)
Transaction fees for changes and cancellations $6 per transaction (plus tax)
Call centre fee for reservations and changes made by phone$5 per call (plus tax)

Important note on taxes: Tax is included in camping fees. Tax is added to all transaction fees.