The BC Government’s Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy is sharing a number of reminders and warnings to campers ahead of the Victoria Day long weekend.
Given that the upcoming weekend is usually the unofficial start of camping season, anyone looking to enjoy specific parks or campgrounds is advised to book as well in advance as possible.
The BC Government explains that individual campsites can be reserved up to three months in advance.
First-come, first-served campsites are also available, although they’re expected to be taken quickly.
Campers can also expect an increased presence from both park rangers and conservation officers to ensure public safety and to protect the surrounding campsites.
Campground users are reminded that all campfires must have a one-metre fireguard where all flammable materials have been removed.
Fires must remain within 0.5 metres in height and 0.5 metres in diameter and should never be left unattended.
A shovel or at least eight litres of water are recommended to properly extinguish a campfire.
BC Parks’ smoking policy is in effect year-round, which means that smoking or vaping tobacco, cannabis, or any other substance is only allowed in front-country and group campsites by registered campers and guests.
Campsite reservations within British Columbia can be made on the Discover Camping website.