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Accommodation Tips

Approved Accommodation

Throughout British Columbia, Approved Accommodation designation is awarded to tourist accommodation establishments that have been inspected by Destination British Columbia and meet their strict standards of maintenance, cleanliness, comfort and professionalism.

Destination British Columbia has announced that effective December 31, 2014 the Quality Assurance (Accommodations Inspection) Program will be discontinued. Instead third party online rating services, such as TripAdvisor, will be used.

Approved AccomodationsEstablishments that attained the Approved Accommodation designation in 2013 or 2014 may display a white "Approved Accommodation" sign or decal featuring Destination British Columbia's recognizable logo's for two years.

Those tourists travelling in British Columbia can still use the Super Camping Guide with confidence as all the properties listed have qualified or meet the Accommodation Approved designation.

Reservations, Cancellations and Refunds

Accommodation reservations can be made in advance by contacting the property directly. Each establishment generally requires the equivalent of the daily room or site rental to hold the accommodation. When requesting overnight or site rental accommodation, it is recommended that you ask for the cancellation and refund policy applicable to the establishment.


Complaints about an accommodation facility should first be discussed with the property's manager. If not resolved, the complaint should be directed to:

Tourism Business Customer Service
Destination British Columbia
12th Floor, 510 Burrard Street
Vancouver, BC V6C 3A8
Phon: 1-800-822-7899
or email: productservices@destinationbc.ca

Goods and Services Tax (GST)

The federal Good and Services Tax (GST) of 5% is applicable to most purchased goods and services. GST is charged on all campsite, RV site and room rentals in British Columbia.

Provincial Sales Tax (PST)

In British Columbia an 8% Provincial Sales Tax (PST) is charged on all short-term room rentals by hotels, motels, cottages, inns, resorts and other roofed accommodations with four or more units.

Please note that campsite and RV site rentals are exempt from the Provincial Sales Tax, so PST is not charged.

The Provincial Sales Tax for other goods and services is set at 7%. Some items such as food and books are exempt from PST.

Municipal and Regional District Tax

In British Columbia the Municipal and Regional District Tax (MRDT) of up to 2% is charged in provincially approved municipalities by hotels, motels, cottages, inns, resorts and other roofed accommodations. This levy is used to fund local Destination Marketing Organizations.

The additional 2% MRDT is only charged on short-term room rentals and does not apply to overnight campsite or RV site rentals.

For a list of taxing jurisdictions and more information on MRDT visit the Consumer Tax web pages and download the list.

Room Rates

Lodging room rental rates are normally quoted before the calculation of federal GST, Provincial Sales Tax (PST) and Municipal Regional District Tax (MRDT).  All establishments have the right to change their quoted rates from those published printed guides or other online sources but rates quoted at the time of reservations and accepted by the guest must be honoured.

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