Summertime = camping time! Are we right? When it comes to private campgrounds, BC is a natural choice with plenty of options for camper, tent or cabin stays. British Columbia is one big, gorgeous province, and we’ve highlighted the best private camping options for you.
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Private Campgrounds BC
If you’re looking for private campgrounds, BC has some great options all across the province. If you’re travelling from out of province, many public campgrounds won’t let non-BC residents reserve campsites during COVID restrictions. Private campgrounds, however, have been allowing non-BC residents to book and stay – especially in self-contained RVs. Still, you’ll want to make sure you’re only visiting when you’re allowed to.
Private campgrounds are for-profit enterprises, so they want to make your experience so good, you’ll come back again and again. These campgrounds typically offer tons of amenities and are often situated near the top tourist attractions.
Here’s a look at our favourite private sites in BC.
Private Campgrounds Okanagan
If you’ve never been to the Okanagan, you’re in for something special! What better way to visit all of the stunning wineries, lakes and waterfront eating than by staying at a private campground in the Okanagan Valley.
It’s not hard to find a site near the water yet still be only a few minutes away from the choice shopping, dining and drinking options. Here’s some of our favourite private camping options.
Kelowna Urban Farm & RV Park
The family who runs the urban farm opened up their land to include a campground a few years ago and now guests can stay in this cool garden farm setting.
The RV Park offers full hookup, pull-thru RV sites with WIFI. On-site amenities include propane fire pits, tennis courts and BBQs for rent. Guests are also able to choose from local food grown on site to eat or take home.
Nearby the Urban Farm & RV Park is the city of Kelowna, as well as biking trails (Myra Canyon is a must), golf, waterfront, wineries, and shopping. The campground opens April 1 and remains open until Halloween.
Todd’s RV & Camping
Fantastically, Todd’s RV & Camping is within walking distance of Peachland, a sweet Okanagan town. The campground offers full hookups, WIFI and cable, but during COVID restrictions is only open to self-contained units.
On-site amenities at Todd’s include hot showers, a playground, beach volleyball court, central fire pit and convenience store. Also in the campground, guests have beach access as well as a boat launch and fishing options. Bookings are open and rates start at $45 a night.
In Peachland you’ll find a winery, the tallest zipline in North America, tennis, pickleball, a skate park, hiking trails and dining options.
Sun & Sand RV Park
Located in Okanagan Falls, Sun and Sand RV Park is true to its name, as guests have access to a sandy beach and 225 ft’ private dock.
The park is RV only and offers 30AMP full hookup spots. Pets are allowed but not between July 15 and August 15. On-site amenities include a WIFI, a family park, playground with waterslide, laundry, washrooms, and hot showers.
Nearby, there are options for climbing, hiking and biking trails as well as great fishing spots. Sun & Sand is open from April 15 to October 15 and prices range from $35-$75 per night, depending on the site and the time of year.
Swan Lake RV Resort
Swan Lake RV Resort is a good location whether you’re heading to Vernon, Armstrong, Enderby, Salmon Arm or Kelowna. Located at the tail end of Swan Lake, the campground offers lake access as well as a heated outdoor pool and hot tub.
Guests have access to WIFI, coin laundry and central washrooms with showers, a picnic area, bocce ball area, clubhouse and library.
Oliver and Osoyoos region
We have an entire post dedicated to camping spots in Osoyoos. Click on the highlighted text to learn about our 10 favourite camping spots in Canada’s only desert.
Camping Lower Mainland
If you’re road tripping and Vancouver is your main destination, camping in the Lower Mainland is a great way to split up your journey. Alternatively, you can make the lower mainland your main destination, taking advantage of its awesome amenities, hiking trails and pools. With no further ado, here’s our favourite campsites in the region.
Springs RV Resort
Located in the Fraser Valley near Harrison Hot Springs is Springs RV Resort. This RV-only campground offers nightly rates or a place to park your RV for the whole summer.
The resort boats tons of amenities including a clubhouse, heated family pool, adult pool and hot tub. There’s 5 community fireplaces, a library, games room and a playground with an antique carousel.
Campers can enjoy free WIFI, laundry facilities and heated restroom floors.
Located in the Fraser Valley on the way to Vancouver, Hope is a cute town with the
Telte-Yet campsite. This campground offers pull-thru sites and allows tent camping. It doesn’t have full hookups, but does have electricity up to 30amps and WIFI. Restrooms, showers and laundry are also available.
What’s great about Telte-Yet are its water views and that it’s within walking distance to anything you’d want to experience in Hope.
Wild Rose Campground
Wild Rose Campground is another beautiful location near Hope, located just 7 km from town. The campground is open year-round with discounts for BCAA, AAA and Good Sam members.
On-site amenities include full hookups, hot showers, restrooms, laundry, games room, playground, fire pits, picnic tables and WIFI.
Located on Cultus Lake and just a short drive from Vancouver, Sunnyside Campground is an ideal spot for camping. The campground offers 104 full hookup sites and 135 tenting sites, plus freshwater lake access.
Other amenities include playgrounds, boat rentals, waterpark, basketball and volleyball courts and fishing. Of course, guests also have access to washrooms, hot showers and laundry.
Camp Bridal is open year-round, so there’s no limits on when to camp here. Tent and RV camping is available at this gorgeous campground, located at the base of Mt. Cheam in the Fraser Valley. The campground is just a short drive away from Bridal Falls Provincial Park or the Cheam Wetlands.
On-site amenities include a pool, basketball court, beach volleyball pit and playground. Full hookups are available for RV camping.
Pacific Border RV Park
Heading to the USA? Pacific Border RV Park is one of the best destinations for spending the night. That’s because it’s situated right at the Pacific Border crossing between Canada and the US.
The campground is located southeast of White Rock, not only is it convenient for anyone looking to cross the border, it’s near 6 golf courses, some great shopping and beaches.
Guests have access to an indoor pool, hot tub, sauna, laundry, cable TV and WIFI.
Small pets are allowed by management approval.
Camping privately on Vancouver Island
One of Canada’s premiere spots for camping, there’s plenty of provincial and private campgrounds on Vancouver Island. Click on the link highlighted orange to access an entire post dedicated to the best private spots on the island.
Radium Hot Springs Camping
A 3-hour drive from Calgary, Radium attracts plenty of tourists from both Alberta and BC. The area has not one, but two natural hot springs.
Camping in Radium Hot Springs is the perfect way to access these natural wonders on your own time, while enjoying the fresh air and stunning hiking trails.
Fairmont Hot Springs RV Resort
You may have heard of Fairmont Hot Springs Resort, but did you know they also sport an RV park? Campers are steps away from all resort amenities, including the hot springs, golf courses, shopping, spa, dining and the basecamp adventure park. The RV resort also offers a playground, pool, golf and hiking trails that start right at the gates.
The daily resort fee of $8 on top of the nightly rates (starting at $51/night), gives guests access to the public pools, unlimited WIFI, unlimited driving range access, indoor exercise access, guided hikes, family activities and shopping discounts.
Pull-thru and full hookup sites are available, as well as restrooms, showers, laundry, a convenience store and cafe. The RV resort is open between the end of June and early September and offers monthly or weekly options for stays.
Spruce Grove Campground
If you’ve got a tent, but still want to stay at the Fairmont Resort, book your spot at the Spruce Grove Campground. The campground offers 172 tenting sites starting at $33 a night.
Guests have access to all of the same amenities at the RV resort, including a heated swimming pool, hot springs access, golfing, shopping, the spa, dining locations and the adventure camp.
The resort area is just a short drive from the campground. WIFI is available at some (not all) campground sites and guests have access to washrooms, coin laundry and showers.
Non-BC residents are welcome, and the campground opens on this year on May 19.
Canyon RV Resort
Located just outside of Radium at Sinclair Creek Canyon RV Resort has several different options for RVs at its pet-friendly campground. Campers have access to showers, laundry services, restrooms, a playground and golf.
Nestled in the Rocky Mountains, Fernie is your classic mountain resort town with ample opportunities for hiking, biking and skiing. They even filmed Hot Tub Time Machine here! Fernie campgrounds are surrounded by trees and you’re never too far away from either a dip in the river or hiking and biking trails.
We reviewed the classic Fernie camping spot, Fernie RV Resort, in our post on Alberta Campgrounds, but if you’re looking for other options, here are a few…
Kimberly Riverside Campground
Alongside the St. Mary’s River, you’ll find Kimberly Riverside Campground. The campground offers tent and RV camping with pull-thru sites and full hookups available.
On-site amenities include restrooms, showers, laundry, a convenience store, picnic tables, as well as a pool, playground, hiking trails, golf, horseshoes, mini-golf, outdoor courts and water access.
The campground works well whether you want to visit the town, explore the outdoors or both. It’s a mere 8-minute drive from downtown Kimberly, and is close to Kimberly Nature Park.
One thing that makes this campground unique is that it’s super sustainable, using solar power, paper-free reservation systems, clean products and recyclable materials.
Kimberly Riverside Campground opens April 15 and reservations can be made year-round. Nightly rates range from $35-$60 during peak, or $33-$54 outside of peak times.
Will-O-Bend Golf & RV Park
Just 49km out of Fernie is Jaffrey, BC and the Will-O-Bend Golf and RV Park. Will-O-Bend offers both tent and RV camping, with full hookups available. Here, you’ll find restrooms, showers and laundry, as well as WIFI at an extra charge.
Guests have access to the stunning par 4 golf course at the foot of the Rockies as well as the clubhouse, hiking trails, and a swimming pond. This gorgeous campground opens on April 1 and offers camping until mid-October.
St. Eugene KOA
About an hour’s drive from Fernie is the picturesque town of Cranbrook and the St. Eugene KAO campground. The campground opens on April 1st and offers both RV and tent camping until Halloween.
There’s plenty of campground amenities within the campground itself, including restrooms, showers, laundry, store, pet area, cafe, clubhouse, group kitchen and a picnic shelter. What more do you need?
How about a pool, playground, hiking trails, casino, fishing, biking, golf, fitness centre and water access? It’s got all of that, too.
The campground is located on the grounds of St. Eugene Golf Resort and Casino. Camping spots average $45-$60 a night with full hookups and WIFI available.
If you want to partake in some of the best Canadian mountain, lake and outdoor adventure experience, consider this your cue to try Revelstoke camping this summer.
One of those rare, as advertised sites, Lamplighter campground truly is pretty and in a park-like setting. When we visited it was hella hot, but mature trees provide the shade you need and you’re super close to the Columbia River.
One of our favourite experiences to do in Revy is making our own glass products at Big Eddy Glassworks. From Lamplighter, you’re about a 5 minute walk away from this experience. Also, gas prices are cheaper in this end of town:)
Private Camping Sunshine Coast
The Sunshine coast is a unique destination, accessible only by ferry or air from the mainland. There are some great private camping options on the Sunshine Coast, plus lots of outdoor adventures to be had.
Near Lund, B.C. is Sunlund By-The-Sea. This campground is pet-friendly, with big rig access, full hookups, water and WIFI. During COVID times, the campground is only open to self-contained RVs, but usually has restrooms, showers and laundry for camping guests.
Right in the campground, guests can take advantage of hiking and biking trails, the beach and horseshoe pits. Just a short distance away, guests can access downtown Lund for its restaurants, marina, shops, a water taxi and more beach.
Depending on the purpose of your stay, Sunlund has lots of options for rates. If you’re just passing by, there are nightly rates, plus competitive rates for monthly and weekly options. The campground opens on April 15 and you can book online for a low-contact check-in.
Willingdon Beach is an RV and tent campground just outside of Powell River, BC. This is a great destination for adventurous campers, as it has amazing hiking trails, fishing options, plus a beach. Nearby amenities include mini-golf, shopping, a recreation complex and the historic townsite of Powell River.
This campground offers full hookups, laundry, restrooms and showers, but no WIFI available. The site operates between April and October each year, with rates ranging from $22-$36 per night. There’s a 3-night minimum stay for long-weekends.
Langdale Heights is located near Gibsons, BC and is about 1.5-hours away from Vancouver. To get to and from the mainland and Langdale Heights, you’ll need to take a ferry. The Langdale Ferry terminal is just 5 minutes south of Langdale Heights, making it super convenient for travelling. The campground is also nearby Gibsons Landing, where you’ll want to head for shopping and dining.
Reservations open on May 1 with options for tent and RV camping. The campground has full hookups, WIFI, restrooms, showers, coin laundry and a convenience store. Also onsite is a playground, horseshoe pit and outdoor courts.
Langdale Heights also sports a nine-hole, par 3 golf course, which is free for guests. The golf course has a licensed garden patio and clubhouse with a games room and a fitness centre. Monthly, daily and seasonal rates are available.
Gibsons RV Resort
This RV Park is conveniently located near the Langdale Terminal, making it easy to reach from the ferry. It’s also minutes from the beach, golf, shopping and restaurants.
The resort is RV only and offers full hookups, restrooms, showers, laundry and WIFI.
Pets are allowed in the campground.
If you’re looking to stay in Gibsons for a short-time, the nightly rate ranges from $50 to $55 per night, depending on how much power you need. If you’re planning on staying longer, check out the weekly and monthly rates.
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