Know the Rules for Recreation Sites & Trails

British Columbia's recreation sites and trails are for sharing. Use is governed by the Forest Recreation Regulation.

To ensure all visitors have a safe and enjoyable experience, please respect the following rules when using recreation sites and trails.

Camping & Day Use Etiquette

  • Enjoy your camping stay for no more than 14 consecutive days
  • Do not build long-term structures without permission
  • Before leaving, return your site to the condition in which you found it
  • Competitive events, commercial use or large groups require permission
  • If applicable, pay camping and other service fees to recreation site operators
  • Do not hold campsites, or leave personal property unattended

Campfires

  • Keep campfires small (0.5 m x 0.5 m) and within campfire rings provided
  • While campfire is lit, keep eight litres of water and/or hand tools close by
  • Do not light campfires during strong winds
  • Do not cut trees or remove wood from the site
  • Do not leave campfires unattended
  • Before leaving, extinguish fires and make sure campfire bed is cool to the touch
  • Report wildfires or unattended campfires by calling *5555 on a cell phone or 1-800-663-5555 toll free

Noise

  • Respect the peace and quiet of others
  • Keep your noise to a minimum at all times (including music and generators)
  • Obey designated quiet time: 11 pm-7 am

Garbage

  • You pack it in, you pack it out
  • Do not litter
  • Deposit garbage in containers if provided
  • Do not empty your holding tank or dump garbage in toilets

Property

  • Do not leave personal property unattendedunclaimed property will be removed after 24 hours

Pets

  • Keep your pets quiet and under control at all times

Parking

  • Park in designated areas
  • Keep roads clear; do not block traffic

Driving and Off Road Vehicles

  • Site access roads are often used by visitors as paths and play areas
  • Maximum speed is 20km/h
  • Do not drive over vegetation
  • Always wear a helmet when riding bikes, dirt bikes and ATVs
  • Idle your motorcycle or ATV in and out of the campsite

Information about Off Road Vehicle Use in B.C.

Whenever you drive off-road, you disrupt the ecological foundation of natural areas. Damage to sensitive places can cause long-term irreparable harm to the environment. Individuals who damage ecosystems on Crown land (such as wetlands, grasslands, and alpine areas) are subject to penalties.

Off-Road Vehicle Registration

Off-road vehicle registration and safety provisions are mandatory on Crown land, following the Nov. 1, 2015 passage of regulations in support of the Off-Road Vehicle Act. Find out more about the Act and regulations:

Safety & Hunting

  • Do not discharge firearms, bows, crossbows, or set traps
  • Do not leave game entrails on the site
  • Do not discharge fireworks

Wildlife Safety & Ethics

We share the backcountry with many wild animals that can sometimes be dangerous. Wildlife safety awareness will help protect you, your family and our wildlife.

The following information was developed by B.C. Parks to inform you about wildlife and aquatic life in B.C. If you encounter an aggressive wild animal, report it to the Conservation Officer Service 24-hour hotline, toll free at 1-877-952-7277 (RAPP) or #7277 on the Telus Mobility Network.

B.C.'s geography offers a great diversity of aquatic habitats that support a rich variety of plants and fish. Learn about the risks they face:

Please respect all wildlife species and plant communities in the backcountry.