Travel Spotlight

Camping FAQs

We have compiled some Camping FAQ s that we have received from people looking to lodge in British Columbia and have put it together for your convenience.

Q. Who is listed in the camping section of this website?

A. Members of the BC Lodging and Campgrounds Association offering overnight campsite rentals to the travelling public in independently run campgrounds and RV parks.  Want to connect your business to travellers visiting this site? Please see our Membership Page

Q. Do camping properties offer pricing deals or stay promotions?

A. If you are travelling on a budget or in the off-season then visit our special offers page where many excellent rates and offers are available see our Special Offers Page

Q. Do you have a Customer Service Guarantee?

A. BC Lodging and Campgrounds Association has implemented a Customer Service Guarantee which all accommodation members are asked to adhere to in the operation of their businesses. Visit our Customer Service Page

Q. Are properties inspected by an independent body?

A. No. Properties are no longer inspected by Destination BC. This independent onsite inspection to meet an Accommodation Approved status was discontinued in 2014. On this website we carry TripAdvisor peer reviews and ratings to assist you in making your selection. They are located in the details pages of the listings.

Q. Where can I make a complaint about a property?

A. Complaints about accommodation facilities should first be discussed with the manager of the establishment and, if not resolved, be directed to Tourism Business Customer Service, Destination British Columbia, 12th floor, 510 Burrard Street, Vancouver, BC V6C 3A8 or email

Q. What are the overnight costs to rent a tent site?

A. These will vary depending on location. A campground located in a more remote area of the province and with fewer facilities will charge less than one in a popular resort area. Rates could range from around $15 a night to over $45 a night for an unserviced site (a site with no water or power).

Q. Can I have a Campfire?

A. Yes as most campgrounds have fire rings at each site. The smoke from campfires pollutes our environment so we ask that you please limit your use of campfires to cooking and warmth. Where possible use firewood purchased from the campground and always observe local burning regulations. Never leave a campfire unattended. Please do not move firewood from one location to another as it can spread pests and disease.  Occasionally campfire bans are implemented in extreme dry weather conditions. For information visit, Please note that propane firepits and cooking devices can be used during a campfire ban unless specifically prohibited.

Q. Do campgrounds have pet policies?

A. Most campgrounds allow pets (dogs) however they are required to be on a leash at all times. Pets should not be left at the campsite unattended. Campgrounds may have specific pet policies. Please check with the campground before you arrive.

Q. What are typical Campground Rules?

A. Each campground sets its own rules. Here are a few typical rules – times and details may change.

  • Campground quiet hour 11:00 pm until 8:00 am.
  • All RV park/campground fires to be out by midnight.
  • Check out time 11:00 am.
  • All visitors must check in at office and park vehicles in guest parking provided.
  • No pets permitted in the beach area, playground, swimming pool or recreation hall.
  • Speed limit in campground is 10 km (5 mph).
  • Do not climb or destroy trees.
  • Beach and swimming pool are unsupervised; an adult must accompany children under twelve years old at all times.
  • Do not feed or encourage wild animals into the RV park/campground.

Q. What  taxes will I have to pay on my campsite?

A. The federal Good and Services Tax (GST) is charged on campsite rentals and the current GST rate is 5%. Campsite rentals are exempt from the Provincial Sales Tax (PST) so PST is not charged.

Q. What is Glamping?

A. Glamping is camping but in a glamorous way. Unlike regular camping where you bring your own RV or tent and belongings, for glamping you drive up in your car and stay in structures such as park models or trailers, yurts, tents or cabins located in campgrounds. A park offering glamping often includes all the modern day conveniences including sheets, housekeeping and cooking utensils.

Q. Please explain common Canadian camping terms?

A. Below are some examples of some Canadian camping terms.

  • Overnight Campsite – this is a campsite that is used for a short stay.
  • Seasonal Campsite – this is a campsite that you rent for the camping season.
  • Cottage Rentals – generally have a kitchen with pots, pans and dishes and washroom in the unit. Please check the campground for specifics.
  • Cabin Rentals – generally have a basic kitchen with water and beds. It may also come with an outdoor barbeque.
  • Trailer Rentals – many campgrounds have RV trailers for rent in their campgrounds. This provides a wonderful opportunity to try camping in an RV.
  • Washrooms/restrooms – Toilets and showers are located throughout campgrounds. A washroom contains toilets, basin sinks and shower facilities. The shower facilities normally have a place to change your clothes. Restrooms have toilets and hand basins (sinks).

For answers to general travel FAQ’s please visit the Travel Advice section.

Camping Lodging

The Super Camping / Select Lodging Guide

First Published in 1989