Camping on Vancouver Island
Vancouver Island is one of the greatest places in Canada to camp, boasting everything from manicured campgrounds that are perfect for families to quiet locations nestled in nature. Private and provincial campgrounds provide an affordable way to connect with nature, spending quality time with the important people in your life or simply on your own. Park an RV near the beach, pitch a tent on the lakeshore, or stay in a quiet and cozy yurt.
The region has hundreds of picturesque campgrounds that make for a great basecamp to share stories, enjoy locally-sourced meals, and create memories that will last a lifetime.
Provincial Parks on Vancouver Island
Vancouver Island is filled with dozens of places to camp, whether it’s by RV, tenting, or glamping! Provincial campgrounds are managed by BC Parks and fill up very quickly each summer, so reservations are strongly recommended—especially on weekends.
Here’s a quick list of camping-friendly provincial parks on Vancouver Island. For more information, visit the BC Parks website.
- Bamberton Provincial Park
- Englishman River Falls Provincial Park
- Goldstream Provincial Park
- Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park
- Sproat Lake Provincial Park
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National Parks on Vancouver Island
A beautiful chain of small islands dotted throughout the Salish Sea, the Gulf Island National Park Reserve can be enjoyed by boat, bicycle, or car. The unique and delicate ecosystem is teeming with ocean life, and its undulating terrain offers a variety of viewpoints for the perfect photo. Visit local artisans, rest your head in unique accommodations, take a guided sea kayaking tour, and savour the moment.
Pacific Rim National Park Reserve is enjoyed by thousands of guests each year, eager to take in the natural beauty and laid-back lifestyle of Vancouver Island’s west coast. Hike the trails, walk the beaches, catch a surf, savour local cuisine, and immerse yourself in first nation culture.
Camping spots are limited, so be sure to reserve your spot online at https://reservation.pc.gc.ca/.
Immerse yourself! Hike in lush ancient forests, along scenic coastal trails, watch birds and marine-life, explore beaches. Enjoy scrumptious, locally sourced food, hear stories of shipwrecks, and early settlers.Wake up to the sound of waves lapping on the shore, kayak estuaries and islands, hear the blow of whales approaching out of the…Read More
Do not miss a visit to one of Vancouver Islands most impressive natural wonders; winner of the “BC’s Remarkable Experience Award”! This unique park offers something for everyone, both above and BELOW ground. Discover underground waterfalls, fossils and amazing crystal formations.The easiest and most popular cave experience is the Riverbend Explorer Tour.…Read More
A discovery-filled vacation waits for you in Parksville Qualicum Beach… amazing sandy beaches, picture postcard views, world-class biking and hiking trails, salt-tinged ocean air, and the small-town charm of our communities. Spend some time in Parksville Qualicum Beach and recharge your batteries. Escape the crush of deadlines, traffic jams and over crowded spaces,…Read More
EXPLORE, RELAX and RECONNECT. China Creek Campground offers a unique camping experience in Port Alberni. Enjoy beautiful views of the Alberni Inlet, a large natural beach and access to the Alberni Inlet Trail. Facilities include a playground, washrooms with showers, and laundry services. With 250 campsites, we…Read More