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Camping Season Update

Service Update: November 8, 2022

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. Booking windows for backcountry permits, groupsites or the Bowron Lake Canoe Circuit remain unchanged. Bowron Lake Canoe Circuit opens for the 2023 season on December 1, 2022.

For more information, visit News Release - Camping reservations open soon for 2023.

Service Update: June 20, 2022

Starting June 28th, 2022, at 7am PT, groupsites and picnic shelters will return to a one-year rolling window. Each day will release another day of inventory, one year in advance.

In March 2022, groupsites opened for bookings to December 31, 2022. Starting June 28, 2022 at 7am bookings can be made for arrival dates as far ahead as June 28, 2023. Each day thereafter, new arrival dates can be booked one year ahead of time – on June 29, 2022 for June 29, 2023; on June 30, 2022 for June 30, 2023 etc. This is a return to standard booking windows for groupsites.

Service Update: March 31, 2022

BC Parks is responding to visitor feedback with an enhanced approach to service design and delivery, including a new camping reservation service

After listening to and engaging with users over the past two seasons, BC Parks has launched a new reservation service. This new site includes more flexible search options to help you find and book a campsite. It also features handy maps, calendars, and lists of available campsites, for quicker navigation.

Have you made a camping reservation for the 2022 season? If so, we’re eager to hear what you think of the new site. Take our quick survey to share your thoughts

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New reservation service now available at camping.bcparks.ca.

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Launch Dates
March 21 7am PT – Frontcountry and backcountry reservations available, two-month rolling window, arrival dates up to May 21, 2022. Backcountry permits available, 2-week rolling window.
March 24 7:00 AM PT – Groupsite reservations available, full season opening with availability to December 31, 2022.
April 6 7:00 AM PT – Bowron Lake Canoe Circuit reservations available, full season opening to September 2022.
Booking Windows

On March 21, 2022, frontcountry and backcountry reservations are available only for bookings with arrival dates up to May 21. This includes bookings for the May long weekend.

After March 21, 2022, frontcountry and backcountry reservations will be available on a two-month rolling window, consistent with the last two seasons. For example:

  • To arrive on June 15, you can book starting April 15.
  • To arrive on July 1 Canada Day, you can book starting May 1.

Groupsite reservations will launch on March 24, 2022. All groupsite bookings will be released for the remainder of the year, up to December 31, 2022. There is no rolling window for groupsite reservations.

Bowron Lake Canoe Circuit – Reservations for will launch April 6, 2022.

Berg Lake Trail – Due to trail damage from severe flooding in 2021, an opening date is not known at this time.

Managing High Visitor Demand

BC Parks expects continued high demand for summer camping opportunities. We are taking proactive measures to manage the demand, including:

  • Distributing release over a longer period – two-month rolling window for frontcountry camping and separate launch dates for groupsites and Bowron Lake Canoe Circuit
  • Over-provisioning call centre support to assist with bookings
  • Scaling up web servers to manage high traffic volumes
  • Leveraging use of queueing software to alleviate peak-demand rushes
Your Account

Accounts from Discover Camping have not been transferred to the new reservation service. You must visit the new site to create your account and set up booking preferences.

Transfer of bookings from previous system

Existing reservations from March 21 to March 31 have been transferred to the new system.

These reservations will be honoured. However, they will not be directly linked to new user accounts. For support on these bookings, contact parkinfo@gov.bc.ca.

COVID-19 related changes

BC Parks changed many policies in response to COVID-19 during the 2020 and 2021 camping seasons. No changes are currently expected for 2022 and capacity limits and other impacted policies are standard practice.

  • Single frontcountry sites – 8 persons max (4 adults)
  • Double frontcountry sites – 16 persons max (8 adults)
  • Groupsites – standard capacity (specific to each site)

Additional details on all standard reservations-related policies can be found by selecting the tiles below.

Provincial Health Officer guidelines or travel restrictions may be enacted at any point due to the ongoing nature of the pandemic. BC Parks will strive to provide guidance as quickly as possible if this arises.

Access for non-BC residents

We recognize the special place British Columbians have for camping in provincial parks. We also recognize the importance of supporting the economic recovery in our province, and the role tourism plays in supporting many British Columbians’ way of life.

For the 2022 season, subject to any later travel restrictions that may arise, all visitors are welcome to reserve camping in BC Parks this season.

Refund Policies

While BC Parks was especially lenient with refund policies during the 2020 and 2021 camping seasons, due to the extraordinary circumstances surrounding COVID-19, BC Parks will be returning to standard refund policies for the 2022 season.

Details on BC Parks refund policies can be found on our refund page.

Should any travel restrictions or Provincial Health Officer guidelines change in the future, BC Parks will provide additional guidance on any changing policies at that time.

First-Come, First-Served Camping (FCFS)

While reservations for camping in BC Parks are in high demand, we also recognize the ongoing need for flexible opportunities that cannot be booked in advance. Approximately 45% of all campsites in BC Parks remain available on a FCFS basis. This includes some sites at our more popular campgrounds.

A list of campsite operating dates can be found on the park operating dates page. Parks with camping that can be booked in advance have reservable periods noted. All other parks are fully FCFS and do not require advanced booking. Additional details on each park and any amenities can be found on individual park pages at bcparks.ca/explore.

FrontCountry Reservations
Group Camping Reservations
Picnic Shelter Reservations
Wilderness Reservations
Berg Lake Trail Reservations
Bowron Lake Reservations
Garibaldi Reservations
Mount Assiniboine Reservations
Joffre Lakes Reservations
Day-Use Pass Reservations
Backcountry Permit Registration