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Frontcountry Visitor Guide
Key regulations and policies in BC Parks’ frontcountry: British Columbia’s provincial parks are managed for the enjoyment of all our visitors and the protection of the park and its resources. Whether camping overnight or just visiting for the day, this guide highlights what you need to know to ensure that everyone has a safe and pleasant stay.
Smoking Restrictions in BC Parks' Frontcountry:
For the safety and enjoyment of all visitors and to protect parks natural values, smoking and vaping is only permitted within designated frontcountry campsites or group campsites occupied by the registered parties and their guests.
For more information on cannabis legalization and public consumption, Get Cannabis Clarity at cannabis.gov.bc.ca.
Camp Safe, Not Sorry
Campsites: Many campsites can be booked on the Discover Camping Reservation Service, while others are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Check the BC Parks’ website for the number and type of campsites available in each campground.
Party size: A camping party consists of up to eight people, including one to four adults (16 or older) arriving to the campground with a motor vehicle not designed as a camping unit and tents, or a motor vehicle towing a trailer/5th wheel, or a camperized truck, or van or RV. Extra people, camping units and/or vehicles that exceed one camping party may be accommodated, but will result in additional fees.
Registration: Upon arrival to the campground, one adult becomes the designated representative for the camping party and must provide their name, vehicle licence number(s), the makeup of their camping party, and is responsible for the actions of all members of their party and any visitors to the campsite. Those arriving with a reservation and/or who are claiming fee discounts/exemptions must be a named permit holder and provide approved documentation/ID.
Camping fees: Are payable upon registration and are non-transferable. Discover Camping customers pay when making their reservation.
Occupancy of a campsite: The registered/named permit holder must immediately occupy the campsite with their camping unit and is the designated representative for the duration of their stay.
Campfires: Small campfires are permitted in designated fire pits only and must not be left unattended. Campers are asked to help protect the forests and the spread of invasive species and diseases by using local firewood. Please observe all campfire bans and buy it where you burn it!
Food & litter: Treat your campsite like your home, if you aren’t around, your food shouldn’t be either. Food attract wildlife. Store all food, garbage, dish cloths, toiletries, pet food dishes and BBQs in your hard-sided trailer or vehicle. Dispose of garbage in designated containers. Outhouse toilets are not garbage cans!
Length of stay: To create more opportunities for a greater number of park visitors, each person – whether or not they are the registered/named permit holder – may only camp up to a maximum of 14 nights in each park/calendar year. Some restrictions and exceptions apply – see Frontcountry Camping Policies and Fees for details.
Equipment: All personal camping equipment must fit on your campsite and permanent and semi-permanent structures are not allowed.
Check-in/out times: Check-in time is no earlier than 1pm. Check-out time is no later than 11am.
Nice People Make Nature Nicer
Noise: Help yourself and other campers to enjoy the peace and tranquility by avoiding excessive noise. Loud partying, stereos at high volume and other deliberate or unnecessary noise is not permitted at any time. Let the sound of nature prevail; not everyone came to the park to listen to you.
Quiet times: All park visitors must observe the campground quiet time between 11pm and 7am and only registered campers are allowed in the campground at this time. Keeping your neighbours up at night is not cool.
Generators: Permitted only on the gravel portion of a vehicle-accessible campsite between the hours of 9am to 11am and from 6pm to 8pm. To respect nature and your neighbours, we encourage you to consider quiet (inverter) generators and keep use to a minimum.
Domestic pets: Pets are welcome in the campground if kept in control.
- Leashing your dog keeps you, them, and wildlife safe
- Be considerate of other campers – ensure your dog doesn’t bark excessively
- Pets are not allowed in playgrounds or public buildings, e.g. washrooms/showers
- Pick up after your pet and dispose of their waste in the garbage
Motor vehicles: The maximum speed limit in campgrounds is 20km/hr. Children regularly play in campgrounds and park roads are often used as pathways so take extra care when driving vehicles or moving camping units in the park.
Parking: is permitted only in designated areas and on the gravel portion of campsites. Parking is not permitted on roadsides or in areas where they may impede proper use of the road, or damage vegetation. Illegally parked cars may be removed from the park at the owner’s expense.
Smoking: For the safety and enjoyment of all visitors and to protect parks natural values, smoking and vaping is only permitted within designated frontcountry campsites or group campsites occupied by the registered parties and their guests.
Liquor: Consumption is restricted to registered campsites only and responsible use is expected. It is prohibited in all public areas including washroom/shower buildings and roadways. Public intoxication or threats to public safety or park operators will not be tolerated.
Criminal Activities: All criminal activities, such as assault, illegal drug use, theft and vandalism, will be reported to the local enforcement authorities.
Keep Nature Serene
Wildlife: For your safety and to protect wildlife, do not approach, feed or harass wild animals. These actions may cause a wild animal to become habituated and may pose a danger to visitors and/or their pets. Give them the space to simply be; it’s their home first.
Natural Resources: Visitors can help protect and maintain the park by treading lightly and not removing park resources. Flowers, mushrooms and dead wood all play a role in parks. Do not strip branches from or nail into trees, move logs or rocks or gather wood for campfires. If everyone took something, there would be nothing left!
Recycling: Use marked recycle bins for returnable/refundable items (cans/bottles) in parks when available. Visitors are requested to pack out other items (ie: cardboard, tin cans, propane canisters, etc.) to be recycled properly outside of parks. Food scraps and garbage should not be deposited in recycling bins.
Hazardous Materials: Do not throw away single-use propane cylinders, biomedical or human waste in garbage receptacles; all are potentially harmful to people, pets and the environment. Dispose of them properly outside of the park.
Waste Water: Must be disposed of in sani-dumps and grey-water stations where provided. Discharge of waste/grey water from your camping unit onto the campsite or surrounding areas is not permitted. Dishwashing areas are available in some locations.
- Never leave your campfire unattended
- Make sure your campfire is completely out before you leave
- Campfire bans are implemented as local fire risks, weather conditions and fire activity demand
- Parks may be closed if an extreme fire hazard in the vicinity threatens public safety
- If you see a wildfire, report it immediately. Call 1-800-663-5555 or *5555 on a cell
Day use areas in BC Parks are open to the public from 7am to 11pm, daily.
Trails are for everyone, but not every activity, e.g. mountain bikes and Class 1 e-bikes are only permitted on trails designated for cycling. Please observe park signs for allowable use(s) and stay on the trail.
Consumption of liquor, cannabis and tobacco products are prohibited in all day use areas, including on trails and beaches and in picnic areas/shelters and washroom buildings.
Adhere to posted signs regarding Fido, e.g. dogs are not permitted on public beaches and in public swimming areas and remember, not everyone is a dog-lover.
Park operators and park rangers are responsible for ensuring visitors comply with all Park Act regulations and BC Parks’ policies. They are trained to help resolve issues and work with enforcement authorities, as necessary, to ensure the safety of everyone.
Failure to comply with these regulations/policies may result in enforcement actions, such as the cancellation of your camping permit and/or eviction from the park.