Land Use - Adventure Tourism & Commercial Recreation

Blessed with breathtaking landscapes, British Columbia is home to a geographical diversity that lends itself to a vast array of adventure activities for residents and visitors. Popular activities include: nature viewing, bear viewing, river rafting, sea kayaking, horse pack trips, ski touring, snowmobiling, ATV tours, cat-skiing and heli-skiing.

Adventure tourism, also known as nature-based tourism or backcountry commercial recreation, involves operators offering services on provincial Crown land to persons for compensation or reward. Services being offered to guests may include:

  • guided adventure tourism activities within an extensive operating area.
  • huts, cabins, lodges, wharves, anchored floating facilities, horse corrals, campsites or other improvements that are linked to a guided experience.

To better manage recreation use in geographic areas, use zones such as Sea Kayak Zones (PDF) may be created if required.

Application Documents

In addition to reading the information on this webpage, the following documents should be reviewed prior to submitting your application:

The following documents must be completed prior to submitting your application:

Depending on the type of operation being applied for, please select the appropriate application requirements checklist:

Who May Apply?

Applications may be made by:

  • Canadian citizens or permanent residents who are at least 19 years of age; and/or
  • partnerships and corporations registered in British Columbia.

Types of Tenures

Depending on the intended use, the services and access available, and the required tenure term, a lease, licence of occupation or temporary licence may be issued by the Province.

  • A Lease is issued where substantial improvements to the land are to be made, or where boundaries are necessary to avoid conflicts with neighbouring operators. A lease is issued for up to 30 years and thus can be adjusted to fit an applicant's needs.
  • A Licence of Occupation is available in remote areas or where the lands are needed for uses that are not permanent or where there are specific restrictions or management objectives. A licence is normally issued for a term of 10 years.
  • An Temporary Licence can be issued for up to 2 years to authorize a temporary use or for a special event.A Temporary Licence may also be issued to allow an applicant to investigate a potential location.

Fees and Costs

You will be required to pay an application fee when you submit your application, as identified in the Crown Land Fees schedule (PDF).

Rents are determined based on the type of rights being transferred and land values.

  • A lease is available for primary sites at an annual rent of 8% of the land value. Secondary sites are available at an annual rent of 5% of the land value. A minimum annual rental rate is $500 plus tax.
  • A licence of occupation is available for intensive use sites and extensive use sites. Intensive use sites can further be split into primary sites, secondary sites and temporary sites. A minimum annual rental rate is $500 plus tax.
  • Temporary licences are available for special events. Minimum rent is $125 per tenure.
  • Temporary licences for other uses within Adventure Tourism have an annual rent of $250, and can be prepaid for two years.

Special Requirements

If your application is accepted, you will be notified if Advertising is required. Please wait for confirmation before advertising.

If you have questions regarding any aspect of the application process, a specific file or a proposal about a specific area, please contact FrontCounter BC