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