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Posted: 03/19/12 10:34pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have done a search and have found no info on this, so I would bet the answer is no -- but can we boondock in the BC parks?

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Not sure of parks but there are many many places next to streams, lakes, ect that you can boondock.

I'm especially speaking about Vancouver Island in BC. We do it all the time. Good luck we don,t spend

much time on the coast but I would guess there are many areas where you can BD on the main land.

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Most of the PPs I've visited were MOSTLY campgrounds but I'm betting that if they don't HAVE a campground they don't want people camping there. Way too many other places to boondock in BC. One of the most beautiful places in the world and the northern part is as close to pristine as you'll find anywhere. There are SOME places clearly marked as no camping areas but so many that are not.
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Inside BC government parks boondocking is not generally allowed. There is plenty of real estate outside of the parks on crown land. There are also numerous forestry campsites. http://www.sitesandtrailsbc.ca/ These are basic only offering up some picnicking tables and an outhouse.


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Forgot to add, here is an excellent source for maps http://backroadmapbooks.com/main/index.html I have no connection to them outside of using their great products.

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Lower B.C. is mostly like northern Wa. pretty much populated, but getting a little farther north, its pretty remote, you can park most any place and spend the night. The Parks are beautiful, and pay as you stay. lots of places beside lakes and rivers to spend some time free.


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I think that topic has been well covered. There is no shortage of camping spots, just not IN BC PROVINCIAL Parks..there are however lots BC Forestry campsites, plus lots and lots of side roads and rest areas.

If the OP would post a sorta kinda idea of where going, then we provide more detailed info.


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Generally, provincial parks have organized but rustic campsites that are pleasant enough.

Most of the parks discourage parking overnight in other locations. Some actively discourage it.

Camping in a tent along a hiking trail in the middle of nowhere in a park is acceptable, with some parks requiring registration to overnight in the backcountry.

Lots of good info about each park at the BC Parks site
http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/


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However, getting to clearings on forestry land usually requires driving on logging roads (gravel) of varying quality. And driving logging roads requires an understanding of logging traffic. And good maps, such as the Backroads Mapbooks.

I think a first time visitor should count on staying at established campgrounds, such as those in Provincial Parks. That would especially true if traveling in an RV that could get into problems off pavement or good gravel. I'm sure locals have their favorite informal sites (what the US Forest Service calls dispersed camping), but they are likely to be camping in 4x4 pickups with campers.

I've used a good many of the Provincial Parks, and don't recall any spots, say on access roads, that would be good boondocking. There are day use parking areas, but a park operator would probably ask you to move on if he sees you there after dark. They aren't that different from State Parks.

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OP may or may not be aware that almost all BC Provincial Parks have no hooks ups. Off the top of my head I can only think of two that have 15amp electric. Porteau Cove and Steelhead. They do not all have showers or sani stations and some do not have potable water.

Most PP in populated areas have gates that are locked at night.

But as others have said, BC has a huge amount of Crown and or forestry land where you can boondock.

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