When can I e-book a tenting spot in B.C.?


BC Parks’ online booking service for campgrounds in 2023 will open on January 3rd.

For those looking to kick off the camping season, mark your calendars and get ready.
Beginning at 7:00 am on January 3rd, BC Parks campgrounds will be open for reservations.

A press release from the province said people can now book a site four months in advance, up from the previous two-month booking window.

A list of the campsite’s operating and booking details can be found online.

“Through our ongoing visitor engagement, we’ve heard that the majority of campers prefer a rolling four-month time slot that allows people to book a site well in advance of their visit,” said Environment and Climate Change Minister George Heyman, in the press release. “We will continue to listen to public feedback so we can improve people’s park experiences and allow everyone to easily reach the many beautiful parks and backcountry areas our province has to offer.”

The announcement said there would be more choices.

Additional campsites will be added to the new reservation service for the 2023 season, including Gwillim Lake Park near Chetwynd, Yahk Park near the Kingsgate border crossing and Allison Lake Park near Princeton, the press release said. All of these campgrounds will maintain a balance between reservable and first-come, first-served sites.

Reservations are already open for some popular items.

Beginning December 1st, bookings for the entire 2023 season are open for the Bowron Lake Canoe Circuit at Bowron Lake Provincial Park.

People need to be prepared and self-sufficient for this backcountry experience, which includes 116 kilometers of paddling across 10 multi-cape lakes that require transport of canoes and gear overland.

However, some areas will not be as available as park enthusiasts hope.

According to the press release, most of the 14-mile Berg Lake Trail in Mount Robson Provincial Park will remain closed for the 2023 season, with the exception of 14 locations at Kinney Lake Campground. Kinney Lake is four miles from the parking lot and will open for reservations on February 27, 2023 at 7am on a rolling four-month window. The rest of the trail, damaged by extreme weather in 2021, remains closed for repairs.

More than 317,000 reservations were made through BC Parks’ new reservation service for the 2022 season – a 26.5% increase from 2019.

Visit the BC Parks website for more information.