The Pinnacles - Silver Star Mountain, Thompson Okanagan, BC

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Accommodation Tips

The following is a list of Accommodation Tips that may be useful if you are considering a trip to British Columbia.

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

If you would like to file a complaint against an accommodation facility 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 here. Lastly, you can share your experience with other consumers via a review of the business on popular peer-to-peer review sites such as TripAdvisor.

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 the majority of short-term room rentals by hotels, motels, cottages, inns, resorts and other roofed accommodations.

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 3% 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% or 3% 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 in printed guides or other online sources but rates quoted at the time of reservations and accepted by the guest must be honoured.

Camping Lodging

The Super Camping / Select Lodging Guide

First Published in 1989