BC Recreation Campsites and Trails, BC
The BC Ministry of Tourism Culture and the Arts maintains more than 1,200 recreation campsites under it’s Recreation Sites and Trails BC program. The campsites are located around British Columbia for the camping enjoyment of residents and visitors to B.C.
Recreation sites and trails are public campgrounds and trails located on Crown land outside of parks and settled areas. They provide enjoyable recreation experiences generally within an integrated resource management setting. This means that the land base is managed for a variety of land uses, which may include forestry, cattle grazing, mineral extraction, oil and gas exploration, recreation, fish and wildlife management, and watershed protection. While visiting recreation sites and trails, you can expect to encounter a number of these land management activities. Recreation sites and trails were formerly known as Forest Service recreation sites and trails, and were previously the responsibility of the BC Ministry of Forests.
Recreation sites provide a simple, rustic camping experience. Generally located in remote areas and accessed by gravel forestry roads, recreation sites provide only basic facilities, such as fire rings, picnic tables, outhouses, and, where appropriate, boat-launching ramps. Potable water is not available, and there is no electricity at recreation sites. At a limited number of recreation sites with on-site operators, supervisory services are provided. All recreation sites are on a first-come first-served basis, with no reservation system available. There are two basic types of recreation sites:
Sites with Fees
These sites are managed through partnership agreements with recreation groups, community organizations, First Nations, private citizens, local governments, and forest companies. Camping fees are charged to pay for the services provided by the agreement holder, which may include supervision, daily maintenance, and facility/structure maintenance. Camping fees can range from $10-$15 per night for a vehicle upto a party of six .
Sites without Fees
These sites are managed through partnership agreements or maintenance contracts. No fees are charged for the services provided because the agreement holder has alternative ways of recovering the costs (e.g., volunteers), or the ministry covers the cost of the maintenance contract.
Typical Campsite Amenities
The amenities available at recreation sites vary from one location to another. Potable water and electricity are not available at any sites. Typical amenities and services at a recreation site may include: