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FAQs

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Lodging FAQ

How do I make a reservation at a lodging property listed on this website?

To make a reservation at a lodging property, contact the property directly by phone or online via their website. Many offer online booking and or email enquiry forms. Listings with an online booking system will display a book now button.

What amenities do lodging properties typically offer?

Lodging properties offer a wide selection of amenities such as WiFi so you can connect with your family and friends, a number are pet friendly so you can bring that special companion with you, others offer continental breakfasts or a full dining experience, and some have housekeeping units so you can cater to your own needs in your own time.

What room rates are quoted on this website?

Room rates quoted often range from the lowest rate to highest rate for both the low and high seasons in British Columbia. As rates are subject to change, it is recommended you contact the lodging property directly to confirm rates.

What taxes will I have to pay on my lodging accommodation?

An 8% Provincial Sales Tax (PST) is charged by hotels, motels, cottages, inns, resorts and other roofed accommodations on all overnight room rentals, as well as, the 5% Federal Goods and Services Tax (GST). Combined these taxes total 13%.

As well, in British Columbia a Municipal and Regional District Tax (MRDT) of  2% or 3% is charged in some 50+ provincially approved municipalities (towns or cities) by hotels, motels, cottages, inns, resorts and other roofed accommodations. The additional 2% or 3% MRDT is only charged on short-term room rentals and does not apply to overnight campsite rentals.

Camping FAQ

Can I have a Campfire?

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, bcwildfire.ca. Please note that CSA approved propane firepits for warmth and cooking devices can be used during a campfire ban unless specifically prohibited. However the flame should be six inchs or less.

Do campgrounds and RV Parks have pet policies?

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.

Do camping properties offer pricing deals or stay promotions?

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

Please explain common Canadian camping terms?

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).
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).

What are typical Campground or RV Park Rules?

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

  • Campground quiet hours 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).
  • Please do not climb on or destroy trees.
  • Beach and swimming pool are unsupervised; an adult must accompany children under thirteen years old at all times.
  • Do not feed or encourage wild animals into the RV park/campground.
What is Glamping?

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.

What taxes will I have to pay on my campsite?

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.

Who is listed in the camping section of this website?

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 the Membership page.

RV Parks FAQ

Do campgrounds and RV Parks have pet policies?

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.

I live in the US and would like to bring my RV into British Columbia and leave it there for the summer season. What are the laws around this?

You can temporarily import a recreational vehicle to British Columbia for your personal use, however if you plan to leave it here between visits you must have first reported to the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) and obtained a Form BSF375, CBSA Report (formerly known as Form E99). The form must be displayed on your vehicle and be easily available to prove that you brought the RV into BC legally. For more information on Canada customs regulations call 1-800-461-9999 within Canada or 204-983-3500 outside Canada or visit www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca

Please explain common Canadian camping terms?

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).
What are the RV towing regulations in British Columbia?

Most recreational vehicles weigh less than 4,600 kg and can be driven by a driver with a passenger car driver’s license (Class 5 or 7 in British Columbia). An air brake endorsement is required if the trailer has air brakes. For more towing details, visit http://www.icbc.com/driver-licensing/Documents/towing-trailer-full-mv2024.pdf.

What are typical Campground or RV Park Rules?

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

  • Campground quiet hours 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).
  • Please do not climb on or destroy trees.
  • Beach and swimming pool are unsupervised; an adult must accompany children under thirteen years old at all times.
  • Do not feed or encourage wild animals into the RV park/campground.
What chemicals can I use to treat sewage in my RV waste tanks?

Without knowing it, many RVers could be harming the environment and putting their health at risk. Treating waste tanks with chemical products means handling and dumping dangerous chemicals like formaldehyde and ammonium compounds. These are hazardous materials and can contaminate septic tanks, poison groundwater and threaten human health.

We recommend RVers use safe and effective biological odour control products. These treatments add helpful bacteria that reduce waste by breaking it down into an easily biodegradable material. Decomposed through natural processes, this treatment is not harmful to campground septic tanks or the surrounding groundwater. The abundance of bacteria makes the decomposition process very efficient and also eliminates any unpleasant odours.

What is a Sani Dump and why do I need to use one?

Sani Dumps or Dump Stations as they are often known as are where recreational vehicles, such as motorhomes and trailers that are equipped with toilet facilities and a sewage holding tank go to dump their liquid waste. RV’s generally have two tanks, one is for sewage known as a blackwater holding tank, and one is for washing water or shower water known as the greywater holding tank.

RV sani-stations are found at various locations throughout British Columbia, including private campgrounds, RV parks, some gas stations and RV dealers. If you dry camp or do not use full hook up services you will have liquid waste. This waste must be disposed of in a sanitary way and that is accomplished by driving to a sani dump station and hooking up the RV dump hose to the outlets. One end of the hose fits on the RV outlet pipe and the other of the hose in the ground dump tank. Next open the valves to release first the blackwater and then the greywater. Once the holding tanks are fully drained and rinsed it is recommended that you flush the connection hose with running water.  Wearing gloves is also recommended for the procedure.

What is Glamping?

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.

What taxes will I have to pay on my campsite?

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.

Where do I dispose of the grey water and sewage (black water) from my RV holding tanks in BC?

Sani-stations are found at various locations throughout the province, including campgrounds, RV parks, some gas stations and RV dealerships. For a list of places to dump go to www.sanidumps.com. RVers are asked to respect the environment by disposing of grey water and sewage in the proper fashion.

Who is listed in the RV section of this website?

Members of the BC Lodging and Campgrounds Association offering overnight RV site rentals to the travelling public in independently run campgrounds and RV parks. RV Dealers and Rental Agencies that pay a listing fee. Want to connect your business to travellers visiting this site? Please see the Membership page.

General FAQ

Are Campgrounds, RV Parks and Lodging inspected by an independent body?

No. Accommodations 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.

Do I need to make a reservation for BC Ferries?

Reservations on BC Ferries are available but not required. For information on schedules, rates and reservations call BC Ferries at 1-888-223-3779 from within BC or 250-386-3431 from out of province or visit www.bcferries.com.

Do you have a Customer Service Guarantee?

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

What animal wildlife will I encounter?

British Columbia is fortunate to have an abundance of wildlife and many animals can be seen from the provincial highways. Black bear and deer will often come down to the roadside to feed on new grass and berries and drivers are advised not to stop or get out of the car. Mountain sheep, moose and other wild animals can also be seen in different regions of the province and at different times of the year.

What are the Driving Licence Requirements?

A valid out-of-province driver’s license including an international driver’s license can be used in British Columbia for up to six months.

What credit cards are accepted by properties in British Columbia?

Generally, both Visa and MasterCard are accepted at all lodging accommodations. Other credit cards may also be accepted such as American Express. Most properties also accept debit cards.

Where can I make a complaint about a property?

If you would like to file a complaint against a tourism business in British Columbia, there are several options available to you. The first is to contact the business directly to discuss your concerns. If this course of action does not attain the results you are seeking, you may then contact Consumer Protection BC who can offer assistance with financial or contractual disputes. To learn more, visit their website https://www.consumerprotectionbc.ca/. Lastly, you can share your experience with other consumers via a review of the business on the popular peer-to-peer review sites such as TripAdvisor. For guidelines on how to post a review on TripAdvisor visit their website, https://www.tripadvisorsupport.com/hc/en-gb/articles/200614877/.

Camping Lodging

The Super Camping / Select Lodging Guide

First Published in 1989