Beach camping in British Columbia with climbing

A vast wilderness of mountains, backcountry trails, temperate rainforests, and a sprawling waterfront.

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theDoighouse Earthship

8 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents10 acres · Qualicum Bay, BC
Have you ever imagined a house built from tires, dirt, pop cans, and concrete? Welcome to theDoighouse Earthship, an eco-retreat nestled in the forest, mere minutes from Qualicum Bay waterfront. Our location is a haven for adventurers and peace-seekers alike, offering easy access to the natural wonders of Vancouver Island. Just an hour north of Nanaimo, our property serves as an ideal base for day trips to Hornby, Denman, and Lasqueti Islands. Or don’t leave the island and spend the afternoon eating delicious fresh-made doughnuts at the famous Old Country Market in Coombs, home to the iconic goats on the roof, it’s only a 20-minute drive from our doorstep. Or 10 minutes to the waterfront and delicious ice cream at the Cone Zone. Stay local and discover forest trails, a children's playground, and a bike park right in our neighbourhood. Lighthouse Country area teems with opportunities for exploration, from pristine beaches including Sunny Beach and scenic Spider and Horne Lakes to an array of hiking paths, or if you climb, consider the Horne Lake Caves! Use your All Trails App to discover the Wilson Woodlot and Lost Runners Trails. Urban legend has it that it was the running shoes that were lost, not the people wearing them! Or stop here for a night en route to and from the mainland to Ucluelet or Tofino for world-class surfing, or if skiing is your calling, Mount Washington is just a 45-minute drive away. You can pitch your tent in our gardens, park your RV on the edge of the forest, or stay in our cozy tiny cabin. You can wander in the gardens and check out a young permaculture food forest filled with fruit and hazelnut trees, berries, and all that good stuff! Our Earthship, currently under construction, is all about exploring a low-impact lifestyle, off-grid living in an energy-efficient dwelling built from recycled materials. It is love for the planet, and people and sharing of abundance that makes this project come alive. Attend a group tour, or arrange for your own private tour where Tony will spend a couple of hours with you, sharing theDoighouse project, and answering any and all questions you may have. We also offer workshops and other onsite activities. For more info check out our website www.thedoighouse.com/events. On arrival, you will be greeted by Bentley (our standard poodle), Mabel (mouser extraordinaire) and the 'hens' who generously gift fresh eggs daily. Come visit, tour, and stay. Susan and Tony Doig
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Valhalla Pines Campground

14 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents7 acres · Vallican, BC
This is a quiet forested residential area in Sinixt territory. Recommended activities include floating down the river, canoeing the lake, hiking or climbing in Valhalla Park, soaking in Halfway Hot Springs or indulging in Nelson. We are surrounded by beautiful mountains and rivers. This valley has many outdoor activities and events and a very interesting history and culture including Sinixt, Doukhobor, Cannabis and Conscientious Objector. Nelson, Castlegar and Slocan Lake are all a half hour drive away. There are many other special places nearby such as the Goddess Pools and the Emerald Pools. Supplies and services are available nearby including firewood, toiletries, dog day care, massage, bike and canoe rentals, life jackets, rubber dingys and paddles etc. Let us know if you would like a referral to any of these services. There are many guides available for activities in the area including (water sports, climbing, skiing, hiking, artist tours, events, geology, mining, mushrooms, cannabis, garden tours and native history). There is a particularly valued native storyteller here that can also provide a walking tour to a nearby village site with a full scale replica of an aboriginal kekuli (earth house). Please call ahead for recommendations on booking guides or storytellers. You don't need one to get here, but its good to have a 4 wheel drive vehicle for some of the logging roads that are worth visiting. Roof and/or bike racks can also come in handy. The Vallican Whole community center also has events nearby.
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Murphy's Gold Creek Ranch

14 sites · RVs, Tents25 acres · Cranbrook, BC
I sold a business in Toronto and moved West in 1990 and drove all over North America looking for a new place to settle and raise a family. While camping in the Kootenay's I found this oasis and bought it. I have raised a family living totally off the grid since and love it. The water here is so clean and and the air is so fresh is why I stay. The night sky is so hard to explain it has to be seen to believe. Come check it out and you will agree. Learn more about this land: Enjoy camping on our 25-acre property just outside of Cranbrook, BC! We have multiple spots to choose from. You can camp beside the creek, in an open field, or up high with beautiful views of the valley. It all depends on your preferences and the privacy that you desire. We welcome tent and RV campers. If you're bringing an RV, there are sites that do not require levelling and we can accommodate vehicles up to 75ft in length. Bring your animals - there are a lot of great spaces for them to play! Our yard is equipped for horseback riding with a horse ring and stable.  The property is a great step-off point for ATV, dirt bikes, horseback and hiking adventures.  Potable water, toilet, picnic table, wifi and showers are available. Pets welcome, campfires permitted.  We are a 15-20 minute drive to Cranbrook. As the basecamp of the Kootenay Rockies, Cranbrook has it all - From all the trails one can dream of to multiple award-winning golf courses all within a 20-minute drive out of town, Cranbrook is an outdoor enthusiast's paradise. I look forward to hosting you!
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Stewardson Way

3 sites · Tents160 acres · Tofino, BC
It's not just about this sacred land, but also the journey to reach it! Experience a peaceful environment offering great adventures. Indulge in Nature walks in the old growth forests, hiking, bushcraft, yoga, fitness activities, salmon fishing and whale watching. Conclude your day with a warm soak in Cove Hot Spring. Learn sustainable ways of living off the land while immersing yourself in serene views of the majestic mountain range and ocean.
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Zen Living | Retreat Center

6 sites · RVs, Tents9 acres · Surrey, BC
Nestled close to Ocean, nature, and Trees and surrounded by nature in Zen Living - A sprawling farmhouse estate where you can rest, relax, and take part the meditation or yoga classes. The farmhouse offers four private bedrooms (One King Size and three private rooms) with their own workspace along with shared areas including a sunroom, meditation place and two bathrooms. Set over 9 Acres you'll find a herd of 12 llamas, 2 friendly horses and space to park an RV. 10 minutes from the beach.
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Sensational de paradisio

2 sites · RVs, Tents5 acres · Duncan, BC
Learn more about this land: Hello we have 1 new cabin available for stays which we just added at 125.00 per night 6 rv spaces and a large tenting area Come and enjoy a quiet camping experience near Cowichan River. A perfect getaway from Nanaimo (45-minute drive) or Victoria (1-hour drive). We are pleased to offer cabin and tenting sites as well. The cabin is 140.00 per night. We offer 24 extremely private campsites that can accommodate 35 people and are easily accessible by car. While camping with us you’ll have access to a fire pit, firewood, cedar gazebo koi pond and the tranquil sound of our west coast frogs at night. and a picnic table to comfortably enjoy your meals. We also have a wood bbq and basic cooking utensils for your stay.  We’re a family-friendly camping experience and have plenty of activities on our property including hiking, swimming, mountain biking and more. Nearby you can explore the world-famous Cowichan River and Lake Cowichan. Within a short drive, you’ll find even more hiking and biking trails and tubing and swimming options.  Other amenities we offer include: a shower and toilet, access to electricity for charging phones and other devices.  Come and stay with us for an unforgettable camping getaway.
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The Missing "Peace"

7 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents17 acres · Lytton, BC
The Missing Peace - 17 acres Carved into the side of the mountain right off the Trans Canada Highway in the Fraser Canyon near the Thompson River. 🌲 Discover the Ultimate Glamping Adventure at The Missing Peace Retreat: Immerse Yourself in Nature, Fitness, and Extraordinary Experiences! 🏋️‍♂️ Escape the ordinary and embark on a one-of-a-kind camping experience that blends the serenity of nature with the thrill of a full gym at your fingertips. Welcome to The Missing Peace Retreat, where you can indulge in the beauty of the great outdoors without sacrificing your active lifestyle. Get ready for a glamping adventure that will invigorate your body, nourish your mind, and soothe your soul! 🌿 Nature's Oasis 🌿 Nestled amidst picturesque landscapes and pristine wilderness, The Missing Peace Retreat offers a sanctuary away from the bustling city. Unwind in the embrace of towering trees, breathe in the fresh mountain air, and awaken your senses to the symphony of birdsong. Whether you prefer a cozy cabin, a luxurious tent, parking your motorhome or staying in ours, we have the perfect accommodation to suit your desires. 💪 Fitness Meets Adventure 💪 At The Missing Peace Retreat, we believe in nourishing both your love for nature and your passion for fitness. Discover our unique offering—a fully equipped gym on the property! Indulge in invigorating workouts amidst breathtaking surroundings, where every rep becomes a celebration of your connection with the great outdoors. Pump iron while gazing at majestic mountain vistas, challenge yourself with cardio sessions under the open sky, or find your balance with yoga surrounded by serene forest and river views. 🌌 Unforgettable Experiences 🌌 Beyond the gym and the embrace of nature, The Missing Peace Retreat offers an array of extraordinary experiences. Book personalized training sessions with John, our expert coach/personal trainer, who will guide you towards reaching your fitness goals. Engage in mind-shifting work with Cindy, a master of Powerful Mindshifts, to unlock your true potential and discover inner harmony. Relish the blissful relaxation of our massage chair or treat yourself to a rejuvenating massage by our skilled therapist, Sanatra. Experience the healing powers of our specialized healing mat, designed to promote deep relaxation and wellness. These can be booked as an add on. 🌟 Book Your Unparalleled Adventure Today! 🌟 Are you ready to elevate your camping experience to new heights? At The Missing Peace Retreat, you can immerse yourself in the tranquility of nature while enjoying a wide range of exceptional amenities and experiences. Unleash your inner adventurer, nourish your body and mind, and embark on a journey of self-discovery and rejuvenation. Book your glamping getaway today and unlock the extraordinary at The Missing Peace Retreat! A few of the activities here on the property as well as in the surrounding areas include hiking, badminton, volleyball, river rafting (Kumsheen Rafting Resort), swimming, fishing, and cold plunges. Other things to do that are just a short scenic drive away are the picturesque Hell’s Gate Air Tram, Stein Valley Provincial Park (beautiful scenery), Alexandra Bridge Provincial Park, Nahatlatch River (great fishing), Camp Squeah. Spences Bridge "The Packing House Diner) The Log Cabin Pub Some nearby towns to visit are Lytton (rebuilding), Boston Bar, Lillooet, Hope, Spences Bridge, Merrit, and Ashcroft. Check us out on insta: https://www.instagram.com/themissingpeaceretreat/ 🐔You may hear a rooster WE ARE CLOSE TO THE TRANS-CANADA HIGHWAY SO YOU CAN HEAR THE TRAFFIC and the TRAIN at times.😁
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West Kootenay Adventure

3 sites · RVs, Tents7 acres · Salmo, BC
The property sits at an elevation of 900m. Located in the southern tip of the West Kootenay region just 2km from the American border. The site is a quiet mountainous setting surrounded by babbling creeks and fresh mountain springs. There are numerous hiking trails with views down 2 valleys. Rosebud Lake and nature reserve is a short 3km bike ride. Thete is a secluded and scenic camping area set up for guests and can accommodate vehicle combinations up to 50ft in length. There are no hookups or cell service. However there is mountain spring water, Wifi and an outhouse at the site. Pets welcome, campfires permitted when no fire ban. Located a short 20-minute drive from the historic village of Salmo, BC. Walk or bike to Rosebud lake and wildlife sanctuary, go boating in the Ponderille. Or explore one of many private swimming holes on the Salmo River. A 2WD vehicle takes you to the top of Kootenay Pass (Stagleap Provincial park) at 1750m where world class hiking and ski touring exist. Fishing, whitewater kayaking, mountain biking, horseback riding, canyoning, golfing, disc golf ect. There are endless opportunities to explore the rich history in the area. There are bicycles, a mobile woodfired sauna and luxury canvas Belle tent on site which can all be added to your rental for a small cost.
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Horse Sanctuary

1 site · RV, Tent3 acres · Telegraph Cove, BC
3 totally private grassy acres surrounded by forest a 2 minutes walk to Stoney beach mountain view. Own basic toilet and sink in house basement. This is in a much sought after holiday location with biking trails ocean and walking distance into town with all amenities. Ferry to other islands run on a regular schedule.
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The Rad Shack

1 site · Lodging3 acres · Jordan River, BC
Aloha, Brah's, Wahine's and all those in betweeny's! The Rad Shack is a most excellent west coast cabana. Surrounded by incredible forests, spend your day surfing, exploring the Juan de Fuca trails, hiking along the local beaches or just chillin in The Rad Shack. We are within walking distance of Jordan River and China Beach. The immediate environment is a beautiful, lush, west coast forest with a creek, a froggy habited lagoon, and all kinds of birds, raccoons, salamanders, and bears, oh my!
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Bigfoot Hideaway on the Fraser

1 site · Lodging1 acre · Fraser Valley B, BC
Paradise on the Mighty Fraser River surrounded by woodland gardens you will find a secluded heated cabin with 160 ft of the waterfront view. A place to get back to nature. Sit on the deck and watch the river flow as you sip locally made coffee or taste the local breweries' craft beer. Catch a glimpse of the wildlife, bear, dear, eagles and otters across the river. Bring your binoculars. Sit on the deck and enjoy the propane fire pit and watch the river flow by. enjoy the peacefulness of the woods and wake up to the birds singing around you. This is Glamping at its finest! The cabin is located in Hope, BC. Hope is well-known as the gateway to British Columbia's interior and to the Lower Mainland part of the Fraser Valley. Between the Coast Mountain Range and the Cascade Mountain Range, this hub of southern BC highways makes Hope a readily accessible destination from which to explore some of the most beautiful and dramatic BC wilderness. We also offer an on site massage therapist for booking.
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O'kana Guest Ranch

2 sites · Lodging10 acres · Summerland, BC
Meet the O'kana Family!Originally from the UK, owners Jim and Lisa recently settled in Summerland with their two children, Arthur and Ellie. O'kana Guest Ranch encompasses their love of travelling, exploring different landscapes, cultures, foods and wines. Throughout their travels, they have learned that they appreciate the home comforts of well-thought-out accommodation. O'kana Guest Ranch strives to offer just that - Glamping in Style with all the comforts of home and, most importantly, all the kinks worked out!There are two beautiful glamping yurts to choose from.
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Overview

It’s hard to describe British Columbia as anything other than wildly breathtaking—quite literally when you swim in one of the province’s many turquoise glacier lakes, ride a wave, or catch a glimpse of a bear in the forest. For camping experiences and road trips, BC offers privately operated campgrounds and RV parks; a major network of parks with reservable and first-come, first-served tent camping sites; yurts and cabins; and thousands of recreation sites and trails on beaches, lakes, mountains, and meadows. Thanks to the mild climate and some winter huts, camping is possible year-round.

West Coast

The Pacific Ocean runs along the length of BC, offering plenty of oceanside spots to explore. On Vancouver Island, Tofino and Pacific Rim National Park are famous for cold-water surfing, whale watching, and hot springs, while nearby Ucluelet is a fisher’s paradise. Further inland, campers can find riverside camping in Squamish; backcountry huts around the resort town of Whistler; and reservable tent pads overlooking the jewel-toned Joffre Lake. For a true off-the-grid experience, head to Haida Gwaii's Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve—set about 100 kilometres off the northern British Columbia coast, this area is only reachable by sea or air.

Northern British Columbia

The northern part of the province is all raw, rugged beauty, with unique culture and untouched natural beauty. Soak in Canada’s second-largest hot spring in Fort Nelson, watch salmon spawning in the many rivers, and peek at bears catching some themselves at Kleanza Creek Provincial Park in Terrace. Options for outdoor stays include vast wilderness resorts, remote cabins, and private beach, lakefront, or rainforest campsites—but note that cell service and WiFi are rare in these parts. Bonus: Given its far north location, it’s relatively easy to snag last-minute campsites that still offer peace and quiet.

Cariboo Chilcotin Coast

With a blend of history, wildlife, adventure, and expansive grasslands, the Cariboo Chilcotin Coast is true Canadian countryside. Campers come to this wild western spot to spend time in the Great Bear Rainforest and at alpine rivers (whitewater rafting is big here), but travelers usually also visit lakeside fishing lodges and historic Gold Rush towns such as Barkerville. Tweedsmuir Provincial Park is a prime spot for the chance to spot a grizzly bear.

Kootenay Rockies

Set in the province’s southeastern corner and part of the Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks World Heritage Site, the Kootenays are home to four national parks: Glacier, Kootenay, Mount Revelstoke, and Yoho. Here you’ll find unrivaled wildlife—think black bears, mountain goats, and elk—much of which can be spotted even from the highway. Throughout the region are glaciers, peaks, waterfalls, and quirky little towns such as Golden, Cranbrook, and Kimberley, the highest in Canada at 1,113 meters up. Camping and tenting is typically open between May and September, with limited winter options.

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