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Where Camp For Free in BC

Where Camp For Free in BC

Owning or renting an RV opens up the whole of British Columbia and beyond for independent travel and exploration. And what's more, this vacation freedom needn't cost a fortune, with recreation sites and campgrounds owned by the provincial government completely free to use all year round.
 
If you're looking for a great place to park your RV for free while you explore the national parks and hiking trails of British Columbia, Canada, here are six of the best.
 

1) Elk Creek, Vancouver Island

 
If you love nature, Elk Creek on Vancouver Island makes an ideal base for parking up your RV. Surrounded by stunning scenery including huge trees and a small creek, the campground can handle RVs of up to 25 feet in length, and offers rest rooms, a BBQ grill, and fire pits. Elk Creek is managed by the National Park Service, and is completely free.
 
Elk Creek, Vancouver Island
 

2) Buckley Bay Rest Area, Vancouver Island

 
This convenient rest area is located close to Highways 19 and 19A, and includes bathroom facilities and an electric vehicle charging point. The location gives an easy starting point for an enjoyable hiking trail which reaches a lookout point with great views of the island and ocean. The rest area is intended for short stays only, with a limit of six hours during the day, although overnight stays are allowed.
 
Buckley Bay Rest Area, Vancouver Island
 

3) Davis Lake Provincial Park, Metro Vancouver

 
Davis Lake National Park is located around 80km east of Vancouver, and is well known for its combination of natural beauty and unspoiled ecology. There are many free campsites scattered around the park, giving easy access to the area's lakesides, forests, trails, and beaches. Be aware though that the way to the main parking area is via a 1km gravel road which is unmaintained, so access may be difficult in poor weather.
 
Davis Lake Provincial Park, Metro Vancouver
 

4) Warm Bay, Interior BWhere to Camp for Free in BC?

 
Owning or renting an RV opens up the whole of British Columbia and beyond for independent travel and exploration. And what's more, this vacation freedom needn't cost a fortune, with recreation sites and campgrounds owned by the provincial government completely free to use all year round.
 
Warm Bay, Interior BWhere to Camp for Free in BC
 
If you're looking for a great place to park your RV for free while you explore the national parks and hiking trails of British Columbia, Canada, here are six of the best.
 

1) Elk Creek, Vancouver Island

 
Elk Creek, Vancouver Island
 

If you love nature, Elk CrWhere to Camp for Free in BC?

 
Owning or renting an RV opens up the whole of British Columbia and beyond for independent travel and exploration. And what's more, this vacation freedom needn't cost a fortune, with recreation sites and campgrounds owned by the provincial government completely free to use all year round.
 
If you're looking for a great place to park your RV for free while you explore the national parks and hiking trails of British Columbia, Canada, here are six of the best.
 

1) Elk Creek, Vancouver Island

 
If you love nature, Elk Creek on Vancouver Island makes an ideal base for parking up your RV. Surrounded by stunning scenery including huge trees and a small creek, the campground can handle RVs of up to 25 feet in length, and offers rest rooms, a BBQ grill, and fire pits. Elk Creek is managed by the National Park Service, and is completely free.
 

2) Buckley Bay Rest Area, Vancouver Island

 
This convenient rest area is located close to Highways 19 and 19A, and includes bathroom facilities and an electric vehicle charging point. The location gives an easy starting point for an enjoyable hiking trail which reaches a lookout point with great views of the island and ocean. The rest area is intended for short stays only, with a limit of six hours during the day, although overnight stays are allowed.
 
Buckley Bay Rest Area, Vancouver Island 2
 

3) Davis Lake Provincial Park, Metro Vancouver

 
Davis Lake National Park is located around 80km east of Vancouver, and is well known for its combination of natural beauty and unspoiled ecology. There are many free campsites scattered around the park, giving easy access to the area's lakesides, forests, trails, and beaches. Be aware though that the way to the main parking area is via a 1km gravel road which is unmaintained, so access may be difficult in poor weather.
 

4) Warm Bay, Interior BC

 
This popular location is widely used for day trips thanks to its access to the boating facilities of Atlin Lake. However, the four campgrounds also offer space for small to medium-sized RVs, offering excellent views across the lake to Teresa Island.

 

5) Maxan Lake, Interior BC

 
This 12-unit open campsite is maintained by the Lakes Outdoor Recreation society, and is highly accessible for RVs and trailers. The site features a gravel boat launch along with picnic tables and restroom facilities, making an ideal spot for a day or two of spring or fall fishing. In the winter, there's also easy access to a popular, well-maintained cross-country skiing and snowshoe trail to the southern side of the lake.
 

6) Agate Beach Campground, Haida Gwaii

 
Lastly, this beachside camping ground has a small fee in high season, but is completely free for the rest of the year. It makes a great base for exploring the nearly 100km of remote beach that's packed with wildlife and stunning ocean views.
 
All these campgrounds make a wonderful base for an RV vacation. However, there are dozens more RV-friendly campgrounds scattered throughout BC, many of them completely free, so even if these six don't fit your itinerary you'll still be spoiled for choice.
 
eek on Vancouver Island makes an ideal base for parking up your RV. Surrounded by stunning scenery including huge trees and a small creek, the campground can handle RVs of up to 25 feet in length, and offers rest rooms, a BBQ grill, and fire pits. Elk Creek is managed by the National Park Service, and is completely free.
 

2) Buckley Bay Rest Area, Vancouver Island

 
This convenient rest area is located close to Highways 19 and 19A, and includes bathroom facilities and an electric vehicle charging point. The location gives an easy starting point for an enjoyable hiking trail which reaches a lookout point with great views of the island and ocean. The rest area is intended for short stays only, with a limit of six hours during the day, although overnight stays are allowed.
 

3) Davis Lake Provincial Park, Metro Vancouver

 
Davis Lake National Park is located around 80km east of Vancouver, and is well known for its combination of natural beauty and unspoiled ecology. There are many free campsites scattered around the park, giving easy access to the area's lakesides, forests, trails, and beaches. Be aware though that the way to the main parking area is via a 1km gravel road which is unmaintained, so access may be difficult in poor weather.
 

4) Warm Bay, Interior BC

 
This popular location is widely used for day trips thanks to its access to the boating facilities of Atlin Lake. However, the four campgrounds also offer space for small to medium-sized RVs, offering excellent views across the lake to Teresa Island.
 

5) Maxan Lake, Interior BC

 
This 12-unit open campsite is maintained by the Lakes Outdoor Recreation society, and is highly accessible for RVs and trailers. The site features a gravel boat launch along with picnic tables and restroom facilities, making an ideal spot for a day or two of spring or fall fishing. In the winter, there's also easy access to a popular, well-maintained cross-country skiing and snowshoe trail to the southern side of the lake.
 

6) Agate Beach Campground, Haida Gwaii

 
Lastly, this beachside camping ground has a small fee in high season, but is completely free for the rest of the year. It makes a great base for exploring the nearly 100km of remote beach that's packed with wildlife and stunning ocean views.
 
All these campgrounds make a wonderful base for an RV vacation. However, there are dozens more RV-friendly campgrounds scattered throughout BC, many of them completely free, so even if these six don't fit your itinerary you'll still be spoiled for choice.
 

This popular location is widely used for day trips thanks to its access to the boating facilities of Atlin Lake. However, the four campgrounds also offer space for small to medium-sized RVs, offering excellent views across the lake to Teresa Island.
 

5) Maxan Lake, Interior BC

 
This 12-unit open campsite is maintained by the Lakes Outdoor Recreation society, and is highly accessible for RVs and trailers. The site features a gravel boat launch along with picnic tables and restroom facilities, making an ideal spot for a day or two of spring or fall fishing. In the winter, there's also easy access to a popular, well-maintained cross-country skiing and snowshoe trail to the southern side of the lake.
 

6) Agate Beach Campground, Haida Gwaii

 
Lastly, this beachside camping ground has a small fee in high season, but is completely free for the rest of the year. It makes a great base for exploring the nearly 100km of remote beach that's packed with wildlife and stunning ocean views.
 
All these campgrounds make a wonderful base for an RV vacation. However, there are dozens more RV-friendly campgrounds scattered throughout BC, many of them completely free, so even if these six don't fit your itinerary you'll still be spoiled for choice.

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