As of Friday, January 28, 2022:
BC Parks is launching a new reservation service on March 21st, 2022 for the 2022 camping season. For further information, and details on when visitors can start to book, visit the links below. Information will be updated throughout the season.
Information will be updated throughout the season.
- Important Launch Dates
Last day for reservations on discovercamping.ca (including web reservations and call centre support) for arrival dates up to March 31, 2022 (Porteau Cove and Garibaldi Backcountry reservations, only).
Blackout period to transition between systems – no web booking or call centre support available.
Limited informational support available via BC Parks website and ParkInfo@gov.bc.ca
Launch of new reservation service via bcparks.ca – view only.
Create account, save booking details and preferences, explore site.
March 21 Launch of frontcountry reservations via bcparks.ca – 2-month rolling window, arrival dates up to May 21, 2022. March 24 Launch of groupsite reservations – full season opening with availability to December 31, 2022. March 29 Launch of Bowron Lake Canoe Circuit reservations, full season opening to September 2022.
- Booking Windows
Frontcountry reservations will launch on March 21, 2022 on a 2-month rolling window, consistent with the last two seasons.
On March 21 launch day, frontcountry reservations will only be available for bookings with an arrival date up to May 21 – this includes bookings for the May long weekend. All subsequent dates will be available 2 months in advance of an arrival date, for example:
- To arrive on June 15, you can book starting April 15.
- To book for 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.
Reservations for Bowron Lake Canoe Circuit will launch on March 29, 2022. All Bowron Lake Canoe Circuit Reservations will release for the season on this one day. There is no rolling window for Bowron Lake Canoe Circuit Reservations.
Special Note – Due to trail damage from severe flooding in 2021, an opening date for the Berg Lake Trail 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 assist with managing 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 (Queue-It) to alleviate peak demand rushes.
- System Accounts
As this is a new booking system, accounts from Discover Camping will not transfer to the new system. All visitors will be able to visit the new site one week ahead of reservations opening, on March 14, to create their new account, set up account details and booking preferences, and learn to navigate the new system.
- Transfer of bookings from previous system
Due to the scheduled blackout period between systems from March 2-20, and existing campsites available for reservations only to March 31, only 10 days of reservations will be transferred from existing reservations between March 21-31.
These reservations will be honoured – although they will not be directly linked to new user accounts. For support on these bookings, visitors can contact email@example.com.
- Ongoing COVID-19 related changes
BC Parks changed many of our parks policies in response to COVID-19 during the 2020 and 2021 camping seasons. No changes are currently expected for 2022 and capacity limits/other impacted policies are standard practice.
- Single frontcountry sites – 8 persons max (4 adults)
- Double frountcountry sites – 16 persons max (8 adults)
- Groupsites – standard capacity (specific to each site)
Additional details on all standard reservations related policies can be found at the selected tiles below.
PHO 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 at the link here.
Should any travel restrictions or PHO guidelines change in the future, BC Parks will provide additional guidance of 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 – including 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.
- BC Parks Response to COVID-19 ▼
As of :
As of July 1st, groupsites will be returning to normal occupancy levels and those with existing reservations are able to add more campers to a reservation upon arrival in-park.
With the shift into Step 3 of BC’s Restart plan, many group picnic shelters will begin to reopen. Reservable picnic shelters can be booked through the BC Parks reservations system starting July 9.
The opening of groupsite reservations for 2022 has been postponed until further notice due to the evolving nature of COVID-19. BC Parks will provide advance notice before reservations become available.
We want to see you back at your favourite park, but mostly we want you to have a safe and healthy summer, so plan ahead to make the most of it.
Joffre Lakes Reservation Policies
Backcountry reservations are required for all overnight stays in Joffre Lakes Provincial Park. Overnight stays are only permitted in the campground at Upper Joffre Lake. Reservations can be made up to 2 months in advance of your arrival date via our BC Parks reservations system. There is no cash payment accepted in the park.
- Reservations are required for all overnight stays in Joffre Lakes Provincial Park. Reservations can be made up to 2 months in advance of your arrival date. Camping is permitted only within the designated campground at Upper Joffre Lake.
- Reservations must be made in advance of arrival, through the BC Parks reservations system. You cannot make reservations or self-register at the park. There is no cash payment accepted in the park.
- Reservations must be paid in full and include backcountry permit fees and any applicable reservation transaction charges.
- Reservations can be made up to the day of arrival before 5:00 pm.
- Each campground has a limited number of sites which are identified by a tent pad; to stay in a campground you must reserve a tent pad(s).
- Each tent pad reservation has a non-refundable charge of $6 (plus tax) per night, up to a maximum of $18 (plus tax).
- A reservation holds a spot in the campground selected, but not a specific site. Site selection is available to reservation holders on a first-come, first-served basis when they arrive at the campground.
- Each tent pad, with a total maximum size of up to 10’ x 10’, will hold a maximum of two tents and 1 to 4 people (all ages).
- Maximum party size is 4 per tent pad; each shopping cart can reserve up to a maximum of 3 tent pads.
- At least one member of the party must be 16 years or older.
- Itinerary changes are not permitted once you arrive in the park. No refunds will be allowed for itinerary changes, regardless of weather or conditions.
- Check-in time is any time after 1:00 pm; campers are required to vacate their tent pad by 12:00 (noon).
- Reservations are not transferable. Any reservation owners or holders found to be transferring or selling their reservations to another party, risk the chance that their reservation may be cancelled without a refund. If a customer can no longer use their reservation, they are encouraged to cancel their reservation so that any unused User Fees that are not forfeited as a penalty can be automatically refunded to the credit card that was used to make the original reservation.
- At least one of the reservation holders ("Occupant" or "Optional Authorized Person") must be present upon arrival and during the stay. Identification may be required to keep the reservation valid.
Changes and Cancellations
- A modification or cancellation to a reservation will incur a charge of $6 (plus tax) per tent pad.
- Cancellations and changes that reduce the stay or party size made within 7 days of your arrival date will also forfeit one night’s fee for each member of your camping party.
- Changes or cancellations made on the same day as your arrival date will also forfeit 2 nights of camping fees for each member of your camping party.
- When a cancellation results in $0 refunded, a cancellation fee does not apply.
- Reservations will be held until 12:00 (noon) the day after the first reserved night. If you do not claim the site by the noon deadline, it is considered a "no-show" and there will be no refund of fees.
- You must bring a copy of your confirmation letter (your backcountry camping reservation) with you to the park. You must keep one copy of your reservation on you at all times and the other copy must be affixed to your campsite post or tent (Note: a small sealed bag is recommended to protect your permit from the weather).
- Joffre Lakes Provincial Park visitors are expected to follow backcountry camping ethics for the entirety of their stay. See the Joffre Lakes Park webpage for more information and park rules.