10 Tips on How to Book a Last-Minute Campsite in BC This Summer

Wishing you had pre-booked a campsite now that BC has been flooded with weeks of warm sunny weather? Well don’t worry, last-minute decision makers can still find a site that suits their camping needs, thanks to this great list of tips shared by the Camping & RVing BC Coalition.

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Joss Penny, Chair of the Camping & RVing BC Coalition shared, “typically we  see an increase of campers during summer weekends and it can be  challenging to secure a spot at your favourite campground. I always  recommend planning ahead and making a reservation, however I understand  human nature.” For those of us who took the risk and waited until the last minute to book summer plans, Joss has got us covered.

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For campers  who are looking to book a spot at the eleventh hour, Joss and her team have compiled a list of  over  35 private campgrounds with some July availability throughout the province, as well as this list of 10 tips to help you find a campground and site that meets your needs:

1) Determine how far you want to drive and the direction you wish to go in.
2) Determine what activities you want to do and campground amenities  you are looking for (example: lakefront, boating, hiking, washrooms, or a playground).
3) Visit the Where to Camp page which plots over 1,500 campgrounds (BC Parks, Parks Canada, private RV parks/campgrounds, and front country recreational camping sites) across the province.
4) If there are less than 7 days to plan your summer trip, be prepared  to contact multiple campgrounds to secure your spot and the likelihood that you may have to drive a bit further to get what you want.
5) Finding sites four or less hours from major urban centres is difficult on summer weekends so look to travel 6 – 8 hours out of town.
6) Wet summers create availability so last-minute travellers can often find spaces.
7) Consider camping on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday in high demand areas.
8) Travel through the North Cariboo region or Northern BC as many sites are available on a nightly drop-in basis.
9) Arrive at campgrounds mid-week to secure first come, first served sites for the weekend.
10) Piggyback with friends as many campgrounds allow up to four adults per site.

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For more great resources on where to camp and RV in and around BC, visit Camping & RV in BC.

For more ideas for family-friendly summer fun, check out our latest issue! Pick up a copy at one of these locations, or view the July/August issue here.

National Aboriginal Day!

In the Lower Mainland, we have so many amazing opportunities to learn from our First Nations people and like all cultures, their stories are worth telling and celebrating. Don’t miss National Aboriginal Day British Columbia celebrations on June 21st, which was first proclaimed in 1996 and is celebrated all across Canada. In Vancouver, events take place at Trout Lake, allowing for a day for all Canadians to celebrate the cultures and contributions of First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples. Trout Lake events will take place on Coast Salish Territory of the Xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ (Tsleil-Waututh) nations. This is a community-based, full day of events that showcase and celebrate the diversity of Aboriginal people while gathering to share their spirit, experiences, stories, songs, art and dance with each other and the general community. All events are free, and include a resource fair, arts and crafts, teepee village, entertainment, food and more! Bring the whole family for a day of appreciation, culture, and good times for all.


BC Home + Garden Show!

In the Lower Mainland, we’re spoiled for choice when it comes to filling our homes with top-notch housewares. Thankfully, with four weeks to go until opening day, the BC Home + Garden Show has released its full line-up of real advice, inspiration and experts hitting BC Place Stadium from February 18-22, 2015. With Canada’s favourite home, horticulture and landscaping specialists, including HGTV’s Bryan Baeumler, W Network’s Todd Talbot and design duo Janette Ewen + Jef Hancock, plus more than 425 exhibitors and features designed to whip any home or garden into shape, there’s innovation, inspiration and expert advice at every turn.

The BC Home + Garden Show has been a staple in consumers’ calendars since 1971, attracting more than 55,000 qualified visitors every spring. With live demonstrations, shopping tables, cooking classes, garden education, Toyota test drives and “Ask a designer” section, you won’t regret visiting this classic show that will provide you with the best places to make your house a home!

BC Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund Construction


After an incredibly successful and exciting ground breaking ceremony this past Wednesday, September 17, the BC Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund are looking forward to November when construction will begin in earnest. The Centre will be built at 3891 Main Street, directly on the corner of West 23rd and Main Street.

Local dignitaries joined in with fire fighters for the on-site ceremony which included an Honour Guard comprised of fire fighters from locals around the province; Surrey Fire Fighters’ Pipes & Drums Band and the Vancouver Fire & Rescue Service Trumpet Band. Hundreds of guests were present to take part in this historical forward leap for the Burn Fund and the burn and trauma survivors of our province.

Michael Hurley, President of the Burn Fund, summed it up appropriately as he stated, “I have never been more proud of the fire fighters of our province than I am today. You have certainly shown firsthand what perseverance, integrity and honour can accomplish.”

“The Burn Fund is also very grateful to the Provincial Government; the City of Vancouver; the Jack and & Darlene Poole Foundation; Concert Properties; our community partners & sponsors; and all the individual donors who have contributed their time and money to assist in making the Burn Fund Centre a reality.”

An incredibly generous gift of $2.5 million from the Jack & Darlene Poole Foundation was presented at the event and will go towards both the building’s construction and creating an endowment fund.

The province’s critical shortfall in accommodation for burn and trauma patients and their family caregivers means that patients’ health may be compromised when they have to return home sooner than medically advised, or live in accommodations not suited to recovery from a burn or trauma injury.


“Together the Ministry of Health and BC Housing have provided $4 million dollars to support the development of the Burn Fund Centre – an investment in the health and recovery of British Columbians,” said Vancouver False Creek MLA Sam Sullivan, on behalf of Health Minister Terry Lake. “Having the Centre accessible to burn and trauma patients from throughout the province, and at no cost to them or their families, shows the support necessary to empower survivors in their recovery journey.”

The tri-level Burn Fund Centre will be comprised of eight short-term-stay, free of charge, furnished accommodation suites with communal great room; library; outdoor spaces & family kitchen all located on the middle floor. Central offices for the BC Professional Fire Fighters Association and Burn Fund will be incorporated on the top level, while the ground level will offer 3100 sq. ft. of retail space (a social venture to sustain the building’s operations).

Although over 90% of the funds needed are already secured, there is still another $1 million dollars required for the project.

How can you help? Make a donation today. We are grateful for every donation received and you can help lift us a few more steps up the ladder to create the best place for burn and trauma survivors. Donations accepted on our website burnfund.org or contact our office 604-436-5617.

The BC Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund has been providing Prevention and Survivor Support programs, and funding medical care and training for the people of British Columbia and the Yukon for almost four decades. The Burn Fund’s vision is built by more than 3,800 professional fire fighters from 53 communities in British Columbia and the Yukon who dedicate their funds, time and expertise.