As of Friday, January 28, 2022:
BC Parks is launching a new reservation service on March 21st, 2022 for the 2022 camping season. For further information, and details on when visitors can start to book, visit the links below. Information will be updated throughout the season.
Information will be updated throughout the season.
- Important Launch Dates
Last day for reservations on discovercamping.ca (including web reservations and call centre support) for arrival dates up to March 31, 2022 (Porteau Cove and Garibaldi Backcountry reservations, only).
Blackout period to transition between systems – no web booking or call centre support available.
Limited informational support available via BC Parks website and ParkInfo@gov.bc.ca
Launch of new reservation service via bcparks.ca – view only.
Create account, save booking details and preferences, explore site.
March 21 Launch of frontcountry reservations via bcparks.ca – 2-month rolling window, arrival dates up to May 21, 2022. March 24 Launch of groupsite reservations – full season opening with availability to December 31, 2022. March 29 Launch of Bowron Lake Canoe Circuit reservations, full season opening to September 2022.
- Booking Windows
Frontcountry reservations will launch on March 21, 2022 on a 2-month rolling window, consistent with the last two seasons.
On March 21 launch day, frontcountry reservations will only be available for bookings with an arrival date up to May 21 – this includes bookings for the May long weekend. All subsequent dates will be available 2 months in advance of an arrival date, for example:
- To arrive on June 15, you can book starting April 15.
- To book for July 1 Canada Day, you can book starting May 1.
Groupsite reservations will launch on March 24, 2022. All groupsite bookings will be released for the remainder of the year, up to December 31, 2022. There is no rolling window for groupsite reservations.
Reservations for Bowron Lake Canoe Circuit will launch on March 29, 2022. All Bowron Lake Canoe Circuit Reservations will release for the season on this one day. There is no rolling window for Bowron Lake Canoe Circuit Reservations.
Special Note – Due to trail damage from severe flooding in 2021, an opening date for the Berg Lake Trail is not known at this time.
- Managing High Visitor Demand
BC Parks expects continued high demand for summer camping opportunities. We are taking proactive measures to assist with managing the demand, including:
- Distributing release over a longer period – two-month rolling window for frontcountry camping and separate launch dates for groupsites and Bowron Lake Canoe Circuit.
- Over-provisioning Call Centre support to assist with bookings.
- Scaling up web servers to manage high traffic volumes.
- Leveraging use of queueing software (Queue-It) to alleviate peak demand rushes.
- System Accounts
As this is a new booking system, accounts from Discover Camping will not transfer to the new system. All visitors will be able to visit the new site one week ahead of reservations opening, on March 14, to create their new account, set up account details and booking preferences, and learn to navigate the new system.
- Transfer of bookings from previous system
Due to the scheduled blackout period between systems from March 2-20, and existing campsites available for reservations only to March 31, only 10 days of reservations will be transferred from existing reservations between March 21-31.
These reservations will be honoured – although they will not be directly linked to new user accounts. For support on these bookings, visitors can contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Ongoing COVID-19 related changes
BC Parks changed many of our parks policies in response to COVID-19 during the 2020 and 2021 camping seasons. No changes are currently expected for 2022 and capacity limits/other impacted policies are standard practice.
- Single frontcountry sites – 8 persons max (4 adults)
- Double frountcountry sites – 16 persons max (8 adults)
- Groupsites – standard capacity (specific to each site)
Additional details on all standard reservations related policies can be found at the selected tiles below.
PHO guidelines or travel restrictions may be enacted at any point due to the ongoing nature of the pandemic. BC Parks will strive to provide guidance as quickly as possible if this arises.
- Access for non-BC residents
We recognize the special place British Columbians have for camping in provincial parks. We also recognize the importance of supporting the economic recovery in our province, and the role tourism plays in supporting many British Columbians’ way of life.
For the 2022 season, subject to any later travel restrictions that may arise, all visitors are welcome to reserve camping in BC Parks this season.
- Refund Policies
While BC Parks was especially lenient with refund policies during the 2020 and 2021 camping seasons due to the extraordinary circumstances surrounding COVID-19, BC Parks will be returning to standard refund policies for the 2022 season.
Details on BC Parks refund policies can be found at the link here.
Should any travel restrictions or PHO guidelines change in the future, BC Parks will provide additional guidance of any changing policies at that time.
- First-Come, First-Served Camping (FCFS)
While reservations for camping in BC Parks are in high demand, we also recognize the ongoing need for flexible opportunities that cannot be booked in advance. Approximately 45% of all campsites in BC Parks remain available on a FCFS basis – including some sites at our more popular campgrounds.
A list of campsite operating dates can be found on the Park Operating Dates page. Parks with camping that can be booked in advance have reservable periods noted. All other parks are fully FCFS and do not require advanced booking. Additional details on each park and any amenities can be found on individual park pages at bcparks.ca/explore.
- BC Parks Response to COVID-19 ▼
As of :
As of July 1st, groupsites will be returning to normal occupancy levels and those with existing reservations are able to add more campers to a reservation upon arrival in-park.
With the shift into Step 3 of BC’s Restart plan, many group picnic shelters will begin to reopen. Reservable picnic shelters can be booked through the BC Parks reservations system starting July 9.
The opening of groupsite reservations for 2022 has been postponed until further notice due to the evolving nature of COVID-19. BC Parks will provide advance notice before reservations become available.
We want to see you back at your favourite park, but mostly we want you to have a safe and healthy summer, so plan ahead to make the most of it.
Garibaldi Provincial Park – Wilderness Camping Policies
While all overnight stays in Garibaldi Provincial Park require reservations and camping is permitted only within designated campsites, there are opportunities to allow mountaineers, climbers, ski tourers, and other visitors with advanced skills in wilderness travel and camping to camp in the wilderness areas of the park.
Please read the information under all headings on this page before requesting a wilderness permit.
Wilderness permits can be booked via BC Parks' reservation service.
Wilderness campers must meet the following eligibility requirements
- You have on your person a valid copy of your wilderness camping reservation confirmation letter with you at all times.
- You camp 2km from any established trail or campground.
- You camp 30m away from any lake, stream, wetland or other natural water source.
- Your group size is 10 or less.
- You and your party are experienced wilderness travellers and understand trip planning, route finding and complete a trip plan and leave it with a responsible party for the duration of your trip. See below for additional details.
- You must follow wilderness “Leave No Trace” camping ethics.
- Camping must occur within the wilderness camping zones (see map below), and outside of the prohibited camping zones.
Prohibited Camping Zones
- Wilderness Camping Map [PDF 8.48MB]
- Prohibited Camping Zones: South Garibaldi
- The Diamond Head area and approach, Columnar Peak or the Gargoyles, Opal Cone, Mamquam Lake.
- Garibaldi Lake area and approach, Black Tusk, Panorama Ridge and Mount Price.
- Around Cheakamus Lake and away from the sensitive wetland habitat at the east end of the lake at the Cheakamus River inflow.
- Prohibited Camping Zones: North Garibaldi
- The height of land around Wedgemount Lake excluding the approaches to Wedge Mountain.
- The north-south running UTM 511E forms the boundary for both the south and north sections of the Spearhead traverse. Wilderness camping is prohibited west of this line. In the south, this line roughly dissects Fissile peak and the Overlord glacier East of Russet Lake Campground. In the North, UTM 511E dissects the Decker glacier.
Trip Planning & Training
The following are essential steps and knowledge that will help towards being prepared in the event something goes wrong on your trip:
- Plan your travel route
- Know the terrain and conditions
- Check the weather and/or avalanche bulletin
- Always fill out a trip plan such as the online AdventureSmart Trip Plan tool
- Design your trip to match your expectations and outdoor skill level
- Select appropriate equipment
- Consult the park website and other resources regarding current conditions and closures
- Seek information about your destination and the en-route difficulties you might encounter
- Obtain the training and skills you need before heading out.
- Know and stay within your limits.
Complete the online AdventureSmart trip plan and leave it with a responsible person prior to an outdoor adventure. In addition, please send your trip plan to STSRangers@gov.bc.ca FOR STATISTICAL PURPOSES ONLY. BC Parks will not monitor these trip plans for safety, but will use this information to improve the wilderness permitting process, and to assist emergency services upon their request.
Completing a trip plan is extremely important. It explains your destination, travel route, equipment and expected return time. It is vital information to assist authorities searching for you in the event of an emergency.
If no one knows you are missing, no one will be looking for you.
Consider carrying a device compatible with your activity and location to call or alert others in an emergency. Your chance of a successful outcome increases if your call is made as soon as possible.
Know the capabilities and the limitations of the equipment you are planning to use as your lifeline to survival.
Always leave your trip plan with a responsible party, family member or friend. They can notify authorities if you don’t return.
Your life may depend on it! While on your trip, stick to the plan. In the event that you do not return as stated in your plan, it can be given to police and search and rescue organizers to help them find you.
Taking the Essentials
Always carry the essentials and know how to use them:
- Fire making kit
- Signalling device (i.e. whistle)
- Extra food and water
- Extra clothing
- Navigational/communication devices
- First aid kit
- Emergency blanket/shelter
- Pocket knife
- Sun protection
- Add other equipment specific to your chosen activity, season and location.
- Travel with a companion: A companion can give you a hand to overcome difficulties or emergencies.
- Be prepared: Ensure everyone with you understands what to do in case of an emergency.
- Don’t depend solely on technology: Equipment failure and lack of reception are very possible in the outdoors. Obtain a topographic map or hiking guide to help choose and navigate your route.
- Pack Smart: Repackage food. Reduce bulk, weight, and litter. Use reusable containers or plastic bags.
- Set realistic and achievable goals: Select your route, clothing, food, fuel, and equipment based on the skill and fitness level of your group members. Consider the distance and elevation gain involved. Steep, high ridges between river valleys make even short distances difficult. Be sure each member of your party is prepared for the choices you make.
“Leave No Trace” Wilderness Ethics
- Leave No Trace of your visit to Garibaldi Provincial Park by incorporating these ideas and practices into your wilderness experience. They are especially important when camping in wilderness and alpine areas to protect the natural environment.
Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces.
In wilderness and alpine zones, choose a durable campsite at least 30m from water and trails. Minimize impact at a campsite. Never scrape away leaves or needles. Avoid enlarging existing sites. Wear soft-soled shoes around camp. Clean your camp when you leave. In wilderness areas, spread use and avoid places where impact is just beginning. Pay particular attention to what you do in and around your campsite; you are camping in and amongst sensitive plants such as heather meadows. These are among the most fragile ecosystems because of the severe conditions and the short growing season. What may seem like a harmless activity can cause long-term damage.
- Dispose of Waste Properly: Pack out all trash and food waste left over from cooking. Bury human waste at least 20cm deep and 70m from any water source or wetland. Mix in dirt and cover to disguise the hole. Human waste that cannot be buried in solid ground must be carried out.
- Pack out all toilet paper — do not burn it. Urinate on the soil surface, away from vegetation and water.
- Waste water from cooking and washing: Use hot water and elbow grease, not soap. Remove all food particles by straining cooking and wash water before disposing of it using a broadcasting method. Pack the particles out with leftover food. Avoid contaminating water supplies by not washing directly in the water. Soap is not necessary. Rinse off at least 70m from any water source. Minimize tooth brushing impact by using salt or baking soda instead of toothpaste.
- Leave What You Find: Avoid site alterations. Leave all sites as you found them. Do not dig trenches, level sites, or construct tables or chairs. Avoid damaging live trees and plants. Never hammer nails into trees or girdle trunks with tent lines. Leave natural objects and cultural artifacts. All natural and cultural resources such as rocks, antlers, or fossils, pot shards, and projectile points, must be left undisturbed. It is illegal to disturb or collect these resources.
- Respect Wildlife: Observe wildlife from a distance. Do not follow, approach, or feed them. Feeding wildlife damages their health, alters natural behaviors, and exposes them to predators and other dangers. Protect wildlife and your food by storing rations and trash securely. Avoid wildlife areas during sensitive times: mating, nesting, raising young, or winter.
- Be Considerate of Other Visitors: Respect their experience and desire for solitude. Talk quietly in camp and on the trails. Don’t walk through others’ camps. Rest just off the trail on a durable site. Camp away from scenic attractions and water. Please clean up after less thoughtful people who have gone before you.