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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

There are two beautiful national parks on Vancouver Island: Gulf Islands National Park and Pacific Rim National Park.

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/.

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