Eat, sleep, camp, repeat. It’s time to start plotting some awesome adventures for 2019. If you’re outdoorsy then you’re going to want to get a heads start on making reservations for campsites, and there are few places more worthy than these 10 in British Columbia.
The province has a plethora of pristine provincial parks and places to set up camp for a relaxing retreat with the best backdrop imaginable.
The 10 Best Campsites In British Columbia
Bella Pacifica Campground, Tofino
This campground is right on the serene and sandy MacKenzie Beach on the west coast of Vancouver Island. For beachfront camping, it costs $60 in their peak season (aka summer). Or $43 if you want to go in the colder months. They also have some forest campsites that are $50 in peak season. Tofino has endless possibilities of things to do, learn how to surf, go for a hike or just relax by your campsite and take in your surroundings.
Agate Beach Campground, Haida Gwaii
Another oceanside camping destination with lots of beachcombing opportunities. It’s close to North Beach, a popular spot for surfing and paddle boarding. Through the Summer months, it costs just $18 per night to camp here. During the off season, it’s free.
Berg Lake Trail Campground, Mount Robson Provincial Park
A hiker’s paradise. Escape into the backcountry and hit the Berg Lake Trail for lush trees and spectacular scenery. There are seven campgrounds along the trail, each with their own cluster of tent pads. Check out Kinney Lake, Whitehorn, Berg Lake, Robson Pass and more. There’s no charge to hike during the day but a small trail fee charge if you spend the night, and it varies by campsite.
Porpoise Bay, Sunshine Coast
This hidden gem is absolute paradise. The campground is nestled in the serene Sechelt on the Sunshine Coast. The campground is awesome because it offers a fairly private area for you to enjoy some time with friends. It’s $29 per party a night to camp here.
McDonald Campground, Gulf Islands National Park
Escape to this forested oasis where you can camp with a tent, campervan or RV. Explore the beautiful Gulf Islands during your stay with plenty of small town charm and hiking trails. The 49 campsites also have firepits and picnic tables to further enhance your camping experience, because you’ve got to have s’mores!
Saltery Bay, Sunshine Coast
Another gem on the Sunshine Coast, near Powell River. With 42 different campsites to choose from you can’t go wrong. The campground is just 1-KM north of the Saltery Bay Ferry Terminal. It’s $20 to bunk here for a night. It’s also a popular place for scuba divers to get a close-up of the unique marine life.
Sunnyside Campground, Cultus Lake Provincial Park
A little slice of heaven in the Lower Mainland with 65 acres of campsites, including waterfront views and regular tenting. They have 134 tenting sites, a laundromat, horseshoe pits and a convenience store. Go fishing or hike some nearby trails. During high season, it costs between $36 to $44 per night depending on the time of week.
Manning Park, EC Manning Provincial Park
Nestled in the Cascade Mountains, there’s four campgrounds to take advantage of during the peak season. Depending on the campground, it’s between $25-$35 a night. It’s also one of the most stunning campgrounds the province has to offer and is known for its serene views and wildlife viewing opportunities.
Clearwater Lake, Wells Gray Provincial Park
This beautiful park has 80 campsites and it only costs $13 per night. The two adjoining campgrounds are located on the very south end of Clearwater Lake in east central BC. It’s the fourth largest park in BC and protects some of the highest regions of the Cariboo Mountains.
Strawberry Point, Lillooet Lake
Everyone has a good time at Lillooet Lake. It’s a classic camping and hiking destination among Metro Vancouverites. Find this large sandy beach for your next camping getaway. It costs $13 a night to set up camp here, with six different sites.
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