Camping and RVing in British Columbia: what a treat

British Columbia offers a huge variety of camping facilities, seven national parks, about 900 provincial parks.

  • Jul. 27, 2016 6:00 p.m.

Camping in beautiful B.C.

Barbara Latkowski

Caledonia Courier

British Columbia offers a huge variety of camping facilities, seven national parks, about 900 provincial parks, 1,200 recreation sites and numerous private campgrounds and RV parks.

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of embarking on a trip to one of these RV parks.

The RV experience seems a staple here in B.C. and quite fittingly it should be with all of  natural beauty around to enjoy.

And not so far away from the Fort, a true outdoor getaway was made available to me.

Only an hour and fifteen minutes from Vanderhoof,  located on the east end of Francois Lake, it was a family resort with great fishing, hiking and boating with accommodations fit for all occasions.

On this weekend in particular, it was all about time with friends, relaxing around a crackling camp fire, surrounded by the stars.

And it couldn’t have been a better location.

I was now taking in the full RV experience and it was one to remember.

With the beauty of Francois Lake which offers 80 miles of uninhabited shore line, the water proves to be a pristine haven for fishing and swimming.

But  when it comes to RVing, I quickly came to realize also, the importance of proper camping etiquette.

Here are a few tips to remember according to Camping GRVBC:

  • Respect fire bans. You can check out if fires are allowed by visiting the BC Wildfire Service website at http://bcfireinfo.for.gov.bc.ca/hprScripts/WildfireNews/Bans.asp

    • Buy firewood locally to avoid transporting foreign species or disease into area. Often firewood is sold at campgrounds, local stores and gas stations. Do not cut down trees.
    • Build fires only in designated areas. If there are no designations make sure the area is clear of debris, rotting wood, and far enough away from the trees.
    • Remember to extinguish your campfires. Never leave your coals smoking. The fire is out if you are able to touch coals and not get burned!
  • Remove all garbage. If you pack it in, pack it out. Campgrounds usually have great garbage bins for campers that animals can’t get in to. If there are no garbage cans, take the garbage with you.

    • Recycle! Many campgrounds now have recycling bins. Remember to wash out containers and read the bin labels before disposing.
  • Read the campgrounds rules. Make sure you respect each individual campground’s rules. You can generally find these rules on the campground’s website or ask when you reserve your spot.
  • Ask about quiet hours. In campgrounds this is pretty important because you are all sharing your camping experiences with each other- often in tight areas.
  • Pick up after Fluffy. If the campground allows pets make sure you bring plenty of dog waste bags and keep your pet on a leash. Always check with the campground first to see if animals are permitted.
  • Stick to Speed limits. Children feel liberated while camping. They will ride bikes, race to playgrounds, and skip hand in hand down paths. Make sure you watch out and drive SLOWLY.
  • Be respectful to campground staff. Staff have been trained to make your vacation enjoyable and they are a great resource for helpful information and tips. Please be patient at check-in and out times as this is often the busiest time for them.
  • Be neighbourly. Respect your neighbours by not cutting through their campsites. If you are arriving early or leaving late, try to turn down your high beams and radio.

So just a little ways from home in Fort St James, with good friends and a stunning location, I enjoyed the ideal RVing camping experience that I had always hoped for.

For more information about camping in B.C. visit: https://www.campingrvbc.com

 

 

 

 

Just Posted

Multiple-unit structure fire in Fort St. James

The fire is believed to be electrical in nature, Fire Chief said

State of local financial crisis declared in Fort St. James

The District will have a job fair on July 31 to help workers find transitioning jobs

Northern B.C.’s Ridley coal terminal sold, Canada divests, First Nations to own portion

Ten per cent of shares transferred to the Lax Kw’alaams Band and the Metlakatla First Nation

Skeena mainstem closed to recreational sockeye

Escapements expected to be below 800,000 threshold

FOI data confirms rural drivers discriminated against, former Telkwa mayor says

Analyzed rural postal codes paid just over 2.5 times more in premiums than they received in claims

Feds lowered poverty line, reducing the number of seniors in need: documents

Liberals introduced a poverty line that was below the prior low-income cutoff

$900M settlement reached in class action on sexual misconduct in Canadian military

After facing criticism, the government moved to begin settlement proceedings in early 2018

Tax take stays ahead of increased B.C. government spending

Tax revenue $2.1 billion higher than budget in 2018-19

Two toddler siblings found drowned on First Nation in Alberta

The Siblings were found drowned on their family’s property, according to RCMP

Chiefs honour Indigenous leader wrongfully hanged in B.C. 154 years ago today

Chief Joe Alphonse says they want his remains returned to his homeland in B.C.’s Cariboo region

Rare white ravens spotted again on Vancouver Island

Nature photographer Mike Yip said mysterious birds back in Coombs area

B.C. government seeks advice on reviving Interior forest industry

Public website opens as meetings start with community leaders

Psychics, drones being used to search for missing Chilliwack woman with dementia

Drones, psychics, dogs and more have been employed to help find Grace Baranyk, 86

B.C. mom to go to Europe court in hopes of getting alleged abducted daughter back

Tasha Brown alleges her estranged wife abducted their daughter Kaydance Etchells in 2016

Most Read