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Park User Fees for 2004

There is a day-use vehicle parking fee of $1.00/vehicle for the first hour OR $3.00 or $5.00/vehicle/day at 41 parks on Vancouver Island, Lower Mainland, Thompson and Okanagan areas.

Park users can purchase an annual parking pass, which will allow unlimited vehicle parking in all 41 parks, for a cost of $50 for 12 months from the date of purchase. Please note: parking fees may not be collected at some parks during the off-season.

Park User Fees:

  • Click here to view the complete list of provincial park fees.
  • Camping fees range from $9.00 to $22.00 per party, per vehicle, per night. A second vehicle (non RV) may be allowed on site for an additional nightly charge of 1/2 the campsite fee. Note: A towed vehicle is not considered a second vehicle. (See Camping Party Definition below)
  • Camping fees vary according to the facilities and services provided.
  • All fees include the Goods and Services Tax (GST).
  • Per Person Rate - the per person rate for backcountry camping, applies to those 13 years of age or older; there are no fees for those 12 years of age or under.
  • Overnight docking fees at marine parks are $2.00/metre/night. Overnight use of mooring buoys are a flat fee of $10/night.
  • The maximum length of stay in any provincial park is 14 days per park, per calendar year. Some parks may limit maximum length of stay to seven days. Limits will be posted in the park.
  • If arriving at the park on a first-come, first-serve basis, payment can only be made in cash. No personal cheques, bank debit or credit cards are accepted.  Canadian currency is preferred.
  • Fee Collection - In most parks, the park facility operator will collect the camping fee at your campsite. A few campgrounds have a gatehouse and some use a self-registration fee station. Instructions on how to self-register are printed on a sign at the fee station and on the envelope provided. Please remember to display your registration receipt on the campsite number post.

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Camping Party Definition

Due to wear and tear, maintenance and conservation factors within our parks, limits must be placed on the party size, i.e., the number of people and vehicles each campsite can accommodate.

In British Columbia provincial parks, the party size for each vehicle accessible campsite is as follows:

  • One to four persons 16 years of age or older.
  • A maximum of eight persons including children (15 years of age and younger).
  • Vehicles per Camping Party:
    • One vehicle and trailer (including towed vehicle). Either one (but not both) may be an RV.
    • A second vehicle (non-RV) may be allowed on site for an additional nightly charge of 1/2 the campsite fee.
    • Note: A towed vehicle is not considered a second vehicle.
  • Each member of a party may have one motorcycle i.e. four people with two motorcycles towing bike trailers, is one camping fee.
  • Campsite Maximum:
    • One camping party per site, unless otherwise authorized.

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Day-Use Parking Fees and Parking Pass

For the 2004 camping season, there will be a day-use vehicle parking fee of $1.00/vehicle for the first hour OR $3.00 or $5.00/vehicle/day at 28 parks on Vancouver Island and in the Lower Mainland and 13 parks in the Thompson and Okanagan areas.

An annual parking pass, which will allow unlimited vehicle parking in all these parks, is available at a price of $50.00 for 12 months from the date of purchase at the provincial parks, the Tourism British Columbia Visitor Info Centres listed below OR by calling Discover Camping at 1-800-689-9025 or Greater Vancouver (604) 689-9025. Annual parking passes are non-transferable and non-refundable.

Please note: the vehicle parking fee at any of the 41 locations will not apply to visitors camping at that park.

Vancouver Island:

Rate (per vehicle)
$1.00 for the first hour or the daily rate as listed below

Sales of Annual Parking Passes
in provincial parks available from park operators and as below:
Bamberton Provincial Park
$3.00
 
Englishman River Provincial Park
$3.00
 
French Beach Provincial Park
$3.00
 
Goldstream Provincial Park
$3.00
Available at the park gatehouse and nature house.
Gordon Bay Provincial Park
$3.00
Available at the park gatehouse.
Juan de Fuca Provincial Park
$5.00
Available from park attendant at China Beach campground.
Little Qualicum Falls Provincial Park
$3.00
 
MacMillan Provincial Park
(not yet implemented)
 
Miracle Beach Provincial Park
$5.00
Available at the park gatehouse and nature house.
Montague Harbour Marine Provincial Park
$3.00
 
Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park
$1.00/hr to a maximum of $5.00 for the day
Available at the park gatehouse and nature house.
Ruckle Provincial Park
$3.00
 
Sooke Potholes Provincial Park
$3.00
 
Sproat Lake Provincial Park
$3.00
 
Lower Mainland:
 
Alice Lake Provincial Park
$5.00
Available at the park gatehouse.
Brandywine Falls Provincial Park
$3.00
 
Coquihalla Canyon Provincial Park
$3.00
 
Cultus Lake Provincial Park
$5.00

June 27 - Sept 1: available every day from 8:00 am to 10:00pm at the registration booth; cash and interac available.

Cypress Provincial Park
$5.00 *

*Parking fees are only in effect between April 1 and October 31.

Garibaldi Provincial Park (Diamond Head and Black Tusk/Garibaldi Lake trailheads only)
$3.00
 
Golden Ears Provincial Park
$5.00
June 27 - Sept 1: available every day from 8:00 am to 10:00pm.
Mount Seymour Provincial Park
$5.00
*Parking fees are only in effect between April 1 and October 31.
Murrin Provincial Park
$3.00
 
Porpoise Bay Provincial Park
$3.00
 
Porteau Cove Provincial Park
$5.00
Available at the park gatehouse.
Rolley Lake Provincial Park
$3.00
Available every day from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm from the park attendant. Cash only.
Sasquatch Provincial Park
$5.00
Available every day from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm from the park attendant. Cash only.
Shannon Falls Provincial Park
$3.00
 
Okanagan:
 
Bear Creek Provincial Park
$3.00
 
Ellison Provincial Park
$3.00
 
Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park
$3.00
 
Kekuli Bay Provincial Park
$3.00
 
Mabel Lake Provincial Park
$3.00
 
Manning, E.C. Provincial Park
$3.00
 
Mara Provincial Park
$3.00
 
Okanagan Lake Provincial Park
$3.00
 
Sun-Oka Beach Provincial Park
$3.00
 
Thompson:
 
Herald Provincial Park
$3.00
Available at the park gatehouse.
Lac Le Jeune Provincial Park
$3.00
Available at the park gatehouse.
Paul Lake Provincial Park
$3.00
No gatehouse; available from park operator.
Shuswap Lake Provincial Park
$3.00
Available at the park gatehouse.

Below is a list of Tourism British Columbia Visitor Info Centres that are selling the annual parking passes. Here is a (pdf format) detailed list of Visitor Info Centres' addresses, hours of operation and mode of payment.

Vancouver, Coast & Mountains
(Lower Mainland)
The Islands
(Vancouver Island)
Abbotsford Campbell River
Chilliwack Courtenay
Delta - Chamber of Commerce Duncan
Fort Langley Nanaimo
Gibsons Parksville
Hope Port Alberni
Langley Qualicum Beach
Mission Sidney - Main Location
North Vancouver Sidney - Satellite Location
Peace Arch Sooke
Pemberton Tofino
Pitt Meadows Ucluelet - Main Visitor Info Centre
Richmond Ucluelet - Pacific Rim Visitor Info Centre
Sechelt Victoria
Squamish  
Surrey  
Vancouver, Airport  
Whistler  
White Rock  
Thompson Okanagan Region
Armstrong Okanagan Connector
Chase Oliver
Clearwater Osoyoos
Coquihalla Penticton
Enderby Princeton
Grand Forks Salmon Arm
Kamloops Sicamous
Kelowna Summerland
Lumby Vernon
Mount Robson Westbank

Parks Parking Fees and Annual Pass Frequently Asked Questions

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Group Camping and Group Picnicking - Information and Reservations

  • Some provincial parks offer reservable camping and picnicking facilities for groups.
  • A group camping or picnicking party must consist of a minimum of 15 people or more.
  • A youth group camping party must consist of a minimum of 15 people or more. A youth group means a group undertaking a camping trip organized by a school or not-for-profit society, supervised by an adult representative of the school or society and having a ratio of adults to members who are 18 years of age or younger of not less than one (1) in eight (8) and not more than one (1) in four (4).
  • To reserve a group campsite or picnic site for the 2004 camping season, see the contact list for reserving the 'group style' sites only.

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Campsite Fees for Persons with Disabilities

The BC Parks Disabled Access Pass is no longer valid. The Ministry of Water, Land and Air Protection still provides persons with disabilities the opportunity to camp for free in road accessible provincial park campgrounds. To be eligible, you must meet ONE of the following criteria:

  1. You are designated a “Person with Disabilities” (PWD) and are receiving PWD benefits under the BC Employment and Assistance Program (administered by the Ministry of Human Resources). Upon arrival to the campground you must show the following information to the campground operator:
    • a Release of Information form issued by the Ministry of Human Resources for the current calendar year AND a second piece of identification. (Persons currently receiving PWD benefits under the BC Employment and Assistance Program from the Ministry of Human Resources may obtain this Release of Information form (click here to view a sample page - in pdf format) by contacting their local Employment and Assistance Centre).
  2. You have a child who is eligible for the At Home Program (administered by the Ministry of Children and Family Development). Upon arrival to the campground you must show the following information to the campground operator:
  3. You are a person living on-reserve and receiving disability benefits from a First Nation Administering Authority. Please have your Band Social Development Worker contact us for more information at parkinfo@victoria1.gov.bc.ca. Upon arrival to the campground you must show the following information to the campground operator:
    • a Release of Information form issued by a First Nation Administering Authority AND a second piece of identification.

If you meet any of the above criteria, your camping party can camp for free. There is also no charge for a second non-recreational vehicle.

Parking Fees for Persons with Disabilities

Persons with disabilities meeting the eligibility criteria for free camping will not have to pay a parking fee as long as they have obtained an annual parking pass. Eligible persons must show their 1) Release of Information form OR 2) Letter of Eligibility from the At Home program AND a second piece of identification to a participating Visitor Info Centre for one free annual parking pass. A list of participating Visitor Info Centres is shown above.

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Campsite Fees for Seniors

If you reside in British Columbia and are 65 years of age or older, the fee for a senior during the shoulder season (the period from the day after Labour Day to June 14 of the following year) for the use of a frontcountry campsite, is calculated at one half of the summer season fee or the full winter camping fee, whichever is less.  This discount applies to the senior and his/her spouse.

SUMMER SEASON SHOULDER SEASON
$9.00 per party per vehicle per night $4.50 per senior couple per vehicle per night
$10.00 per party per vehicle per night $5.00 per senior couple per vehicle per night
$14.00 per party per vehicle per night $7.00 per senior couple per vehicle per night
$17.00 per party per vehicle per night $8.50 per senior couple per vehicle per night
$20.00 per party per vehicle per night $10.00 per senior couple per vehicle per night
$22.00 per party per vehicle per night $11.00 per senior couple per vehicle per night
  • From June 15 through to Labour Day (first Monday in September), the full rate applies.
  • A second vehicle (non-RV) may be allowed on site for an additional nightly charge of 1/2 the campsite fee.
  • Fee collectors may ask to see your Pharmacare card and a second piece of identification.
  • This discount does not apply to group camping, group picnicking, backcountry, marine and day-use fees.

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Hours of Operation: Campground opening and closing dates are now posted on the park pages. Please go to the park page from the alphabetical or geographic listings above; then click on the vehicle/tenting symbol on the park page for details.
(P
lease note - dates can change due to weather or other constraints)

Check-in/Check-out Procedures:

  • Check-in time for first-come, first-served campsites is between 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • For campers with reservations, check-in time is between 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. Procedures for obtaining your reserved campsite will be posted on an information board at the entrance to the park/campground, or available at the gatehouse.
  • Check-out time for all campers is 11 a.m.
  • During the operating season, park gates open at 7 a.m. and close at 11 p.m. unless otherwise noted.
  • Backcountry Camping - Backcountry means an area in a park or recreation area that is not frontcountry. Backcountry campsites are primarily for wilderness hiking and backpacking. There are usually no facilities available.
  • Cabin Accommodation - Some backcountry provincial parks offer cabin accommodation, primarily during the winter months. 
  • Frontcountry Camping - Frontcountry means an area in a park or recreation area within one kilometre of either side of the centre line of a park road or a highway. Frontcountry campsites are generally accessible by vehicle and offer designated campsites, facilities and recreational opportunities. Due to wear and tear, maintenance and conservation factors within our parks, limits must be placed on the party size, i.e., the number of people and vehicles each campsite can accommodate.
  • Group Camping - A  group camping party must consist of a minimum of 15 people.
  • Group Picnicking - A  group picnicking party must consist of a minimum of 15 people.
  • Per Person Rate - The per person rate applies to those 13 years of age or older; there are no fees for those 12 years of age or under.
  • Vessel Camping - A vessel means a boat, canoe, kayak or other craft used, or capable of being used, for navigation on water. Some marine parks offer this type of camping.
  • Voyageur Canoe - A voyageur canoe is designed to carry six or more persons.
  • Walk/Cycle-in Camping - Walk/cycle-in designated camping areas do not allow vehicle parking in the campground area. Some frontcountry campgrounds offer walk/cycle-in designated camping areas. 
  • Winter Camping - Frontcountry parks that are open year-round may offer winter camping. All campers must be self-sufficient as limited facilities are available.
  • Youth Group Camping - A youth group camping party must consist of a minimum of 15 people or more. A youth group means a group undertaking a camping trip organized by a school or not-for-profit society, supervised by an adult representative of the school or society and having a ratio of adults to members who are 18 years of age or younger of not less than one (1) in eight (8) and not more than one (1) in four (4).
  • Where applicable:
    • the Goods and Service Tax (GST) is included in all fees;
    • the fee for the overnight use of dock or mooring buoy facilities also applies to vessels that tie or anchor to another vessel using the dock or mooring buoy facilities;
    • the fee for the overnight use of cabin accommodation does not apply to children under 13 years of age;
    • the west side of the Bowron Lake Circuit means Bowron Lake, Spectacle Lakes, Skoi Lake, Babcock Lake and Unna Lake;
    • the annual fee (January 1 to December 31 of each year) for access by vessel applies to Cinnemousun Narrows, Silver Beach and Shuswap Lake Marine (Multi-Site) Parks.

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