Picnic shelters

BC Parks offers picnic shelters at campgrounds and day-use areas across British Columbia. A shelter provides a covered space and picnic tables for your family and friends to enjoy a meal or group activities in B.C.’s great outdoors. Some shelters are offered on a first come, first served basis. Others must be booked in advance.

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To see if picnic shelters can be reserved at the park you are planning to visit, check the park’s webpage. For full details of our reservation policies, download the reservation services policies and terms [PDF].

Booking a picnic shelter

  • Anyone over 16 years of age can make a picnic shelter reservation via camping.bcparks.ca
  • You can also make a reservation by calling 1-800-689-9025 toll free from Canada and the US or 1-519-858-6161 internationally
  • Shelters are reserved one day at a time, so reservations on consecutive days must be booked individually (see reservation times and group sizes below)
  • A picnic shelter reservation can be made up to one year advance of your planned visit
  • You must pay all fees in advance to secure your booking (see fees, below, for more information)

Reservation times and group sizes

  • Typically, picnic shelters can be used between 8 am and 8 pm (to confirm, check the park’s webpage)
  • Booking a shelter ensures you can use it between these times but does not allow you to use it overnight
  • Your shelter is held for the entire time it is reserved (and will not be given to another party if you arrive late)
  • Maximum party size varies between parks, campgrounds, and shelters, so please check the park’s webpage for specific details


  • Two types of fees must be paid when making a picnic shelter reservation: a camping fee and additional transaction fees
  • The camping fee pays for your picnic shelter, transaction fees are processing charges that help us maintain the reservation service
  • The camping fee for booking a shelter varies between parks, so check the park’s webpage for details
  • The online reservation service lets you put three reservations in your shopping cart, but separate transaction fees are applied to each
  • You can pay all your fees using Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Visa Debit, or Mastercard Debit
  • The Youth Group Rate, Seniors Discount, and the Social Services Camping Fee Exemption do not apply to picnic shelters
  • Transaction fees are $6 per shelter per day (plus tax) and there is a $5 surcharge for call centre transactions
  • You will be charged an additional $6 (plus tax) for each change or cancellation you make

For more information on cancelling or changing your reservation, see changes, cancellations, and refunds below.

Changes, cancellations, and refunds

  • Changes and cancellations can be made via camping.bcparks.ca or by phone (1-800-689-9025, 1-519-858-6161 internationally)
  • You pay a $6 transaction fee (plus tax) for any reservation, change, or cancellation made through the reservation service
  • All transaction fees, including reservation, change, and cancellation fees and call centre surcharges, are non-refundable
  • Changes or cancellations must be made by the reservation service account holder who made the original booking
  • To change your reservation to a different campground or park, you must cancel the original booking and re-book
  • Changes or cancellations made after arriving at the park must be arranged directly with the park operator
  • Reservations cannot be transferred or sold to another party, and any attempt to do so leads to cancellation, without refund
  • You can change your reservation 28 days or more before the date your reservation is for 
  • You cannot make changes to your reservation within 28 days of the date your reservation is for
  • You can cancel your booking any time before 8 pm on the day your reservation is for
  • If you cancel your reservation 28 days or more before your reserved date, we refund your camping fee (subject to our cancellation policies)
  • If you cancel your booking within 28 days of your reserved date, your fees are not refunded

For more information on getting a refund, see the cancellations and refunds page. For full details of our cancellation and refund policies, download the reservation services policies and terms [PDF].