Province enhances recreation sites and trails

Recreation Sites and Trails BC (RSTBC) offers approximately 8,500 sites for camping at 1,700 locations

The Clearwater River Trail runs along the east side of the river from Dutch Lake to north of Third Canyon. Check for conditions before setting out.

Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations

British Columbia’s provincial parks are not the only places where residents and visitors can enjoy camping. Recreation Sites and Trails BC (RSTBC) offers approximately 8,500 sites for camping at 1,700 locations in B.C.’s great outdoors.

RSTBC sites offer a more rustic camping experience and are generally located in more remote areas accessed by gravel Forest Service roads. Provincial recreation sites include basic facilities such as fire rings, picnic tables and outhouses.

“Recreations Sites and Trails BC’s camping sites offer great recreation opportunities for families in communities throughout B.C. – a rewarding way to explore the province’s outdoors this summer,” said Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Steve Thomson.

The majority of these recreation sites offer free camping. However, potable water for drinking/cooking and electricity are not available.

Approximately 150 RSTBC sites offer enhanced levels of service, including on-site supervision and facility/structure maintenance, for $10-$16 per night.

RSTBC sites are managed and maintained through partnerships with local recreation groups, community organizations, First Nations, local governments and forest companies.

Over the past decade, the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations has invested millions of dollars in new recreation sites for camping – including upgrading/increasing capacity at 90 sites in the past five years.

Overall, there are approximately 19,200 provincial camping sites in B.C. at Recreation Sites and Trails BC recreation sites and BC Parks:

The majority of RSTBC’s 8,500 sites are on first-come, first-serve basis. Some of RSTBC’s enhanced sites are reservable (on a site-by-site basis through operators).

4,900 BC Parks sites are on first-come, first-serve basis.

5,800 BC Parks sites are reservable.

Recreation Sites and Trail BC camping:


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