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Go Camping In BC: 50 Free Campsites To Explore

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Nothing says Summer like hitting the road to an off-the-grid locale, pitching up a tent and telling stories by campfire.

Check out one of these beautiful BC destinations with free campsites and rest areas.



Free Campsites in B.C.

Vancouver Island

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Tahsis, located on the west coast of Vancouver Island. There’s an awesome free camping spot with fire rings and picnic tables, just 5 minutes from the town of Tahsis.

Georgie Lake, find this spot north of Port Hardy. It’s the perfect place to view wildlife, enjoy various water sports and go fishing.

Long Point, in Campbell River is an awesome spot to go camping. The sites are perched above the lake and there is a short trail to get down to the water. Take a canoe up the narrows or to the little islands for scenic views of the area.

Elk Creek Campground, discover this gem in Sayward. It’s a stunning natural area with lush trees, a small creek and a BBQ grill. It’s a great spot to park an RV or pitch up a tent.

Strathcona Dam Campground, located on Vancouver Island near Campbell River. There are 11 free campsites along the Lower Campbell Lake reservoir. The recreation area around the dam also has a small beach and fishing access to rainbow trout, Dolly Varden char, and more.

Buckley Bay Rest Area, come across this campsite in Fanny Bay. It’s an especially popular spot for RVs.

Snow Creek Rest Area, located in Alberni-Clayoquot, this is a great place to stop and take a break in between Port Alberni and Tofino.

Redneck Beach, find your inner redneck at this beach at Kennedy Lake. There’s beautiful scenery, fishing opportunities and lots of spots to set up camp.

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Loon Bay in Campbell River is a small but scenic site with a sandy beach. Fry Lake is also just around the corner if you want more options.

Lowry Lake, in Port Alberni is a quaint lake, perfect for swimming and fishing.

Scout Beach, is in Port Alberni and is a popular spot to camp and go ATV riding.


Metro Vancouver

Abbott Lake, situated north of Merritt. There’s three campsites to choose from and lots of activities to take part in such as boating and fishing.

Davis Lake Provincial Park, this area in Mission features lots of free campsites, hiking trails, and 4x4ing.

Dot Lake, visit this campsite in Merritt, a popular spot for camping and fishing. There’s also a lot of nearby hiking trails.

Stump Lake, located south of Kamloops, this is a popular campsite for fishers and campers alike.


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Squamish Riverside, located in Squamish, there’s 10 sites offering fire rings, picnic tables and more.


Interior BC

40 Mile Camp/Bull River, a small site near Fernie that is packed with scenery.

Tsuniah Lake Bay, located near Tatla Lake. The campsite is a popular fishing destination and offers scenic mountain views and a boat launch.

Warm Bay, a semi-open site on Atlin Lake with a boat launch. It’s a popular day use and camping area. There’s four sites, ideally suited for tenting. But there’s also some space for a few small to mid-sized RVs/trailers.

Whiskey Flats, this small 3-unit site is the perfect base if you want to explore the back roads of Barkerville and Yanks Peak. Located 14-kms from Barkerville makes it close enough to take in the historic townsite, and being on the route to Yanks makes it a short trip by ATV up to the high country.

Uslika Lake, discover the campsite in Mackenzie, which is set in a valley at the southern end of the lake. It’s a gorgeous spot for swimming, camping and fishing.

Alexis Lake, located north of Alexis Creek, in the eastern Cariboo area. The lake is a popular fishing destination. The family-friendly site also has a small sandy beach to go for a swim.

Silver Lake, is in the breathtaking Peachland. The recreation site has six campsites and a boat launch.

Baird Lake, can be found in Enderby. Set up your tent and go canoeing in the lake.

Needa Lake, located in 100 Mile House, north of Bridge Lake. The recreation site offers lots of fishing, camping and boating opportunities.

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One Eye Lake, near Tatla Lake in the Bella Coola area. The close proximity of this campsite to Hwy 20 makes it a popular camping and fishing destination for the region.

Phinetta Lake, located along Hwy 24 east of Lac des Roches. The site is great for fishing and provides a good location for those passing by to stop for a picnic while traveling between 100 Mile House and Little Fort.

Pinnacle Lake, situated in West Kelowna. This site features a short but scenic hiking trail to the lake.

Nyland Lake, discover this lake in Quesnel. It’s small but popular for its several campsites and boat launch area.

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Quesnel Forks, enjoy 11 updated campsites located near the Quesnel and Cariboo Rivers. The site is adjacent to the historic townsite of Quesnel Forks. The area serves as both a base and a pull out for white water rafting.

Rampart Lake, can be found in Princeton. It’s also known as Hans Lake. It’s a popular spot to go camping and fishing.

Sabai Lake, located in Mackenzie. The open site is a fun spot to go camping and have access to the gorgeous lake.

Beaverdam Lake, situated in Clinton, there’s amazing views of the Marble Mountain Range. Camp here and go horseback riding, boating or fishing.

Foot Lake, visit this campsite in Dawson Creek that offers 18 camp pads. The lake is stocked full of rainbow trout.

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Mayson Lake, in Barriere is the place to be to soak up nature, go boating and view wildlife.

Maxan Lake, located west of the town Burns Lake. It’s very accessible for RVs and trailers.

Helen Lake, situated in Houston, BC. The campsite rests along the shore of the small lake and is the perfect spot for canoeing and picnicking.

Joyce Lake, in Falkland is a small but open campsite that has good fishing opportunities and beautiful scenery.

Kalder Lake, is in Fort St. James and has four small campsites. The south side campgrounds are for single unit use and the north side is for group camping.

Kingdom Lake, is located in Goldbridge. It’s a stunning lake with mountain views. In addition to 15 campsites, there’s lots of space for canoeing, swimming and fishing.

Kloch Lake, can be found north of Fort St. James. It’s a large site on a beach. It’s a popular spot for avid fly fishers.

Prince George

Amanita Lake, northeast of Prince George, this upgraded campsite is known for swimming, camping and fishing.

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Pitoney Lake, is in Prince George and has two small sites along the shore. Both offer camping, fire rings, picnic tables and lake access.

Merton Lake, is situated north of Prince George. There’s six campsites with lots of picnic tables, a boat launch and fishing opportunities.

Clear Lake, a stunning lake located in Prince George. Enjoy the scenery of Quinn Creek and the Bull River.

Fisher Lake, the campsite is nestled along the stunning lake. It’s just north of Prince George.

Lintz Lake, find this spot in Red Rock, just outside of Prince George. There’s semi-private camping pads, and it’s used year-round by outdoor enthusiasts.

Sunshine Coast

Goat Lake, in Powell River is an awesome spot to go camping this Summer. The small site is right on the shore of the lake.

Williams Lake

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Gavin Lake, near Williams Lake, there’s five sites and a scenic trail along the lake. There’s also a boardwalk and bridge over the inlet creek.

Howes Lake, located near Williams Lake. There’s lots of free campsites scattered along the eastern shore of the lake.

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