As of Friday, January 28, 2022:
BC Parks is launching a new reservation service on March 21st, 2022 for the 2022 camping season. For further information, and details on when visitors can start to book, visit the links below. Information will be updated throughout the season.
Information will be updated throughout the season.
- Important Launch Dates
Last day for reservations on discovercamping.ca (including web reservations and call centre support) for arrival dates up to March 31, 2022 (Porteau Cove and Garibaldi Backcountry reservations, only).
Blackout period to transition between systems – no web booking or call centre support available.
Limited informational support available via BC Parks website and ParkInfo@gov.bc.ca
Launch of new reservation service via bcparks.ca – view only.
Create account, save booking details and preferences, explore site.
March 21 Launch of frontcountry reservations via bcparks.ca – 2-month rolling window, arrival dates up to May 21, 2022. March 24 Launch of groupsite reservations – full season opening with availability to December 31, 2022. March 29 Launch of Bowron Lake Canoe Circuit reservations, full season opening to September 2022.
- Booking Windows
Frontcountry reservations will launch on March 21, 2022 on a 2-month rolling window, consistent with the last two seasons.
On March 21 launch day, frontcountry reservations will only be available for bookings with an arrival date up to May 21 – this includes bookings for the May long weekend. All subsequent dates will be available 2 months in advance of an arrival date, for example:
- To arrive on June 15, you can book starting April 15.
- To book for July 1 Canada Day, you can book starting May 1.
Groupsite reservations will launch on March 24, 2022. All groupsite bookings will be released for the remainder of the year, up to December 31, 2022. There is no rolling window for groupsite reservations.
Reservations for Bowron Lake Canoe Circuit will launch on March 29, 2022. All Bowron Lake Canoe Circuit Reservations will release for the season on this one day. There is no rolling window for Bowron Lake Canoe Circuit Reservations.
Special Note – Due to trail damage from severe flooding in 2021, an opening date for the Berg Lake Trail is not known at this time.
- Managing High Visitor Demand
BC Parks expects continued high demand for summer camping opportunities. We are taking proactive measures to assist with managing the demand, including:
- Distributing release over a longer period – two-month rolling window for frontcountry camping and separate launch dates for groupsites and Bowron Lake Canoe Circuit.
- Over-provisioning Call Centre support to assist with bookings.
- Scaling up web servers to manage high traffic volumes.
- Leveraging use of queueing software (Queue-It) to alleviate peak demand rushes.
- System Accounts
As this is a new booking system, accounts from Discover Camping will not transfer to the new system. All visitors will be able to visit the new site one week ahead of reservations opening, on March 14, to create their new account, set up account details and booking preferences, and learn to navigate the new system.
- Transfer of bookings from previous system
Due to the scheduled blackout period between systems from March 2-20, and existing campsites available for reservations only to March 31, only 10 days of reservations will be transferred from existing reservations between March 21-31.
These reservations will be honoured – although they will not be directly linked to new user accounts. For support on these bookings, visitors can contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Ongoing COVID-19 related changes
BC Parks changed many of our parks policies in response to COVID-19 during the 2020 and 2021 camping seasons. No changes are currently expected for 2022 and capacity limits/other impacted policies are standard practice.
- Single frontcountry sites – 8 persons max (4 adults)
- Double frountcountry sites – 16 persons max (8 adults)
- Groupsites – standard capacity (specific to each site)
Additional details on all standard reservations related policies can be found at the selected tiles below.
PHO guidelines or travel restrictions may be enacted at any point due to the ongoing nature of the pandemic. BC Parks will strive to provide guidance as quickly as possible if this arises.
- Access for non-BC residents
We recognize the special place British Columbians have for camping in provincial parks. We also recognize the importance of supporting the economic recovery in our province, and the role tourism plays in supporting many British Columbians’ way of life.
For the 2022 season, subject to any later travel restrictions that may arise, all visitors are welcome to reserve camping in BC Parks this season.
- Refund Policies
While BC Parks was especially lenient with refund policies during the 2020 and 2021 camping seasons due to the extraordinary circumstances surrounding COVID-19, BC Parks will be returning to standard refund policies for the 2022 season.
Details on BC Parks refund policies can be found at the link here.
Should any travel restrictions or PHO guidelines change in the future, BC Parks will provide additional guidance of any changing policies at that time.
- First-Come, First-Served Camping (FCFS)
While reservations for camping in BC Parks are in high demand, we also recognize the ongoing need for flexible opportunities that cannot be booked in advance. Approximately 45% of all campsites in BC Parks remain available on a FCFS basis – including some sites at our more popular campgrounds.
A list of campsite operating dates can be found on the Park Operating Dates page. Parks with camping that can be booked in advance have reservable periods noted. All other parks are fully FCFS and do not require advanced booking. Additional details on each park and any amenities can be found on individual park pages at bcparks.ca/explore.
- BC Parks Response to COVID-19 ▼
As of :
As of July 1st, groupsites will be returning to normal occupancy levels and those with existing reservations are able to add more campers to a reservation upon arrival in-park.
With the shift into Step 3 of BC’s Restart plan, many group picnic shelters will begin to reopen. Reservable picnic shelters can be booked through the BC Parks reservations system starting July 9.
The opening of groupsite reservations for 2022 has been postponed until further notice due to the evolving nature of COVID-19. BC Parks will provide advance notice before reservations become available.
We want to see you back at your favourite park, but mostly we want you to have a safe and healthy summer, so plan ahead to make the most of it.
Bowron Lake Canoe Circuit Reservation Policies
Reservations for the Bowron Lake Canoe Circuit open April 6, 2022 for the entire season.
Information below applies only to the Bowron Lake Canoe Circuit (backcountry). For reservation policies at Bowron Lake Provincial Park frontcountry campground, please see Frontcountry Reservation Information
- Reservations may be booked up to 2 days prior to departure date.
- All canoe circuit users must attend a mandatory orientation session (9:00 am or 12:00 noon) and visitors must report to the registration centre by the specified time.
- Visitors who have not attended their mandatory orientation session are considered no-shows. No-shows’ reservations will be given to first-come, first served visitors. No refunds are granted for no-shows.
- Bowron Lake canoe circuit paddlers are responsible for bringing or renting their own equipment (personal flotation devices, paddles, vessels etc). Reservation transactions only include your reservation charges and user (camping) fees and do not include equipment rental. Visitors must familiarize themselves with the mandatory equipment required to paddle the circuit.
- Reservations are not transferable. Any reservation owners or holders found to be transferring or selling their reservations to another party, risk the chance that their reservation may be cancelled without a refund. If a customer can no longer use their reservation, they are encouraged to cancel their reservation so that any unused User Fees that are not forfeited as a penalty, can be automatically refunded to the credit card that was used to make the original reservation. Only the person whose name is on the reservation has access to change or cancel a reservation.
- At least one of the reservation holders ("Occupant" or "Optional Authorized Person") must be present upon arrival and during the stay. Identification may be required to keep the reservation valid.
User Fees and Reservation Charges
- Reservations for the Bowron Lake canoe circuit are based on a non-refundable per vessel charge of $18.00 (plus tax) in addition to user fees ($60.00 per person for the full canoe circuit and $30.00 per person for the West Side). There is a limit of three (3) people per vessel. A fourth person may be permitted if two of the four are small children.
- Accepted payment types include: Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Visa Debit, and Mastercard Debit.
- Changes to a reservation can be made for a charge of $6.00 (plus tax), provided that space is available. No changes are permitted 28 days or less before the departure date.
- Cancellations are subject to a $6.00 (plus tax) per cancellation charge plus the forfeiting of original transaction fees.
- Refunds – If a trip is cancelled more than 28 days before the departure date, customers receive a full refund less cancellation and non-refundable reservation charges. If cancellations are made with 28 or less days notice, no refunds apply. Transaction (reservation, change, cancellation) charges are non-refundable.
- Visitors who have not attended the mandatory orientation session they registered for are considered no-shows. No-shows' reservations will be given to first-come, first-served visitors. No refunds are granted for no-shows.
- Groups on the Bowron Lake canoe circuit are defined as a minimum of 7 to a maximum of 14 people.
- Reservations for group parties (7 to 14 people) are mandatory.
- Only one group departure is permitted per day on the Bowron Lake canoe circuit.
- Groups must have a designated leader, responsible for registration and the conduct and actions of all persons in their group.
- Groups must camp in the designated group sites.
- Groups must complete a fixed 8 days/7 nights Full Circuit or a fixed 4 days/3 nights West Circuit trip.
- If a change or partial cancellation results in less than 7 people in group (no longer a “group” by definition), the group policy still applies and campsite allocations as per the reservation made and must pay for a minimum of 7 people.