The Only Guide You Need to BC Provincial Parks

By Court Lundy

Whether you’re planning a local trip to your favourite camping spot or you’re deciding to take your family cross country for a couple of weeks, you’ll have a blast at these amazing RV-friendly destinations!

It’s not a secret that British Columbia has some of the best places to camp in the summer and fall, even year-round. The water is always crystal clear, it doesn’t feel like 100 degrees outside, and the scenery is breathtaking. Maybe you’ve camped in your RV in a a BC Provincial Park multiple times or you’re considering it this year. Either way, it’s a great spot with so many options!

This guide to BC Provincial Parks will help you choose which one is best for you. They all have so much to offer, and it will make your RV camping trip the best one yet.

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       Garibaldi Provincial Park

Best time to visit: June is the best month to visit, as it’s the least busy out of the peak season. Garibaldi Provincial Park is one of the most well-known parks in British Columbia, so you’ll want to book as soon as possible. Hiking is a huge attraction at this provincial park, and if you go during the month of June, you’ll get bearable weather!

RV hookups available: No, but RVs are welcome!

Things you must do at Garibaldi Provincial Park: Hiking and camping are the number one things you need to do when visiting Garibaldi Provincial Park this summer. If you’re looking for harder trails, try out Garibaldi Lake Trail, Black Tusk Trail, and Panorama Ridge. If you’re looking for moderate to easy trails, try out Elfin Lakes Trail and Cheakamus Lake Trail.

Tips: Reservations for overnight stays are required all year round, and can be made up to 4 months in advance.

How to book: Online here, or call 1 (800) 689-9025.

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       Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park

Best time to visit: The busiest time for Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park is basically all of summer, but that’s what makes the park so fun. Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park is open all year round, but the summertime for RV camping is what people look forward to! Even though it’s a busy park, that doesn’t mean it’s not relaxing. If you have a family and are looking for a beach vacation, you just found it.

RV hookups available: Yes! There are plenty of drive-in spots available.

Things you must do at Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park: All of the campsites at the park are very close to the sandy beach. You can spend all day at the beach if you want, as well as play in the clear water. You can take your family fishing in the salt water beaches, however, there are limited fishing opportunities here. There are 5.5 km of trails, which is perfect if you’re a family who doesn’t like to hike.

Tips: Reservations from the last week of June to Labour Day are required. From May 15th until the last week of June, reservations are happily accepted. You can stop by the campsite and hope for a spot, but it’s unlikely there will be one open.

How to book: Online here.

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       Mount Robson Provincial Park

Best time to visit: Mount Robson Provincial Park’s prime time to visit is anytime in the summer. The park is open from mid-May to mid-September, so you can start planning right now! Some of the campgrounds inside the park don’t open until June or July, for construction or electrical reasons.

RV hookups available: Yes, there are actually a couple of RV parks inside of Mount Robson Provincial Park that allow full hookups. You can view the RV parks here.

Things you must do at Mount Robson Provincial Park: Berg Lake Trail is one of the most stunning trails you’ll come across. There are several trails within Berg Lake Trail, but some are closed for a lot of the year due to slippery grounds and bear sightings. Bring your canoe on your RV and you’ll be able to canoe through a ton of the campgrounds.

Tips: Reservations open up every October 1st for the next season, so if you’re already planning next years adventures, you know when to book!

How to book: Online here.

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       Kekuli Bay Provincial Park

Best time to visit: The camping season at Kekuli Bay Provincial Park starts mid-April, but you’ll want to wait until June to pack up and go. It’s also open until late October, so if you’re a big fan of fall camping, you can ride out the season at this park!

RV hookups available: Yes, they have a lot of vehicle accessible campsites.

Things you must do at Kekuli Bay Provincial Park: There isn’t a lot of hiking trails here, so if you’re a big hiker, that may not interest you. This is the perfect place to waterski or to bring a boat with you. The water is crystal clear, so if you love swimming, you’ll love it here.

Tips: Not all campsites require a reservation and if they don’t, then it’s first come first serve.

How to book: Online here.

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       Bear Creek Provincial Park

Best time to visit: For this Provincial Park, you’ll want to wait until it gets hot outside. There is a sandy beach right off of the campground that you’ll want to spend your whole trip at. The water is clear and sandy, what else could you want? The best time to visit Bear Creek Provincial Park would be from mid-July to late August.

RV hookups available: Yes, there are plenty of vehicle accessible campsites.

Things you must do at Bear Creek Provincial Park: There are a ton of trails on Bear Creek Provincial Park, so if you love to be active while camping, this is perfect for you. This is also a great place to fish as the water is super clear, however, you do need a license to fish in this park. The campgrounds are very private, so you can play games, light a fire, and sing songs all night long!

Tips: You must have a reservation to stay at any campsite at this park.

How to book: Online here.

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