Camp free in British Columbia – Canada

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Road tripping and camping around BC was one of my most memorable experiences. British Colombia is an incredible destination and one that feeds my love for outdoor activities. If you haven’t yet, put “Buy a minivan and explore BC” on your bucket list.

This blog gives you a quick guide on how to camp free in British Columbia.

As the winter of 2014 came to an end I began my road trip, equip with a mattress in the back, cooking utensils, food and firewood, we hit the road. We lived out of our van for two months and despite the lack of showers, cooking every meal on a camp fire and getting lost everyday, it was the best 2 months of my life.

We used the CAMP FREE IN BC website to guide our trip. As we are travelling on a budget, free campsites were ideal.

This blog will review all the campsites we stayed at, from the Camp Free BC Website

James Lake

Was our preferred campsite, we ended up staying a week. James Lake has 5 sites equipped with fire rings and picnic tables. James Lake is a perfect area for just about anything; fishing, boating, biking or shooting.

I highly recommend this site, and think it’s well suited for longer term camping. Another bonus is that the site is close to Kelowna, a destination offering many activities.

From Kelowna, follow Hwy 33 towards Big White to Goudie Road. Follow Goudie Road to James Lake Road, once on James Lake Road continue straight until you arrive at James Lake. James Lake Road is unpaved, however you can still easily access the lake without a 4WD.

James Lake Kelowna Camp Free BC

Seton Lake Campground

The Seton Lake Dam campground offers 45 campsites, hiking trails, firewood, drinking water and a pay phone. Each campsite is equip with picnic tables and fire rings. Seton Lake Camp ground is one of the biggest camp free in BC campsites. The location is prime with a bunch of hiking trails and salmon spawning channels nearby.

Seton Lake Campground is located outside Lillooet on Highway 99, towards Whistler. Paved Road access.


camp free in BC Dudney

A small campground with approximately 7 sites. Dewdney campground is located on the riverbank of Similkameen River making it a great site for canoeing and kayaking. All sites are equipped with a picnic table and fire ring, and you can find an outhouse across the road.

To get to Dewdney take Old Hedley Road from Princeton, you will find the campground 6km along. Paved Roads in.

This was a great campsite that would be suitable for longer term camping, the only downfall is the highway located across the river, which can get noisy, but the noise dies down at night.

Silver hope Creek

Camp free in British Columbia

Isn’ t exactly a campsite, it is a few individual sites along the side of Silver Skagit Road. You can pull off into these sites along the roaring Silver Hope Creek. The sites are secluded and private, however offer no amenities other than a fire pit, therefore I recommend camping here for up to 3 nights but no longer.

To get to Silver Hope Creek, Exit Hwy 1 at exit 168, head South on Flood Hope Road, take a right on Silver Skagit Road and head towards Silver Lake Provincial Park. Sites are unmarked so keep your eye out for any pull offs. Unpaved roads in.

Ripley Lake

A small campground with three sites. Amenities are minimal. Overall I wouldn’t recommend this site, it is hard to find, roads are bad and there are no amenities. If you do camp here, I recommend 3 nights.

Closest towns = Oliver and Cawston.

Dirt road in, 4WD recommended but no essential.

Mossland Campground Revelstoke

This campsite has no amenities, just an area to set up camp. It is a great spot if you are on a road trip and just need a place to sleep. I wouldn’t recommend this site for long term camping.

To get to Mossland Campground, cross the bridge on the West end of Revelstoke, take Westside Road for about 2km. Cross a small bridge, take a sharp right turn, continue until you see a sign for landfill on the right. From here, look for a small dirt track that follows Westside Road on the left. If you pass a major dirt road on your left and see signs for snowmobiling you have gone to far.

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