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Free Camping Resources for Alberta and B.C.


by Tera Swanson

For avid campers and newbies alike, the costs of pitching a tent can add up. Thankfully, there are nearly 1,300 free recreation sites across B.C. and several in Alberta’s Rockies waiting for you to set up camp. Here are the best resources we could find – in print and on the web. 


Camp Free in BC – 4th Edition, by Kathy and Craig Copeland

A guide to 430 free campgrounds in Southern and Central B.C. accessible by two-wheel drive vehicles.


Comprehensive/Searchable Free Camping Websites:

Free Campsites

British Columbia Campground Directory

Government Websites:

Recreation Sites and Trails BC

Recreational Sites and Trails BC – Interactive Map

BC Crown Land

Blogs and Tourism Websites:

Camping on Crown Land in BC Recreation Sites – Vancouver Island


Comprehensive/Searchable Free Camping Websites:

Free Campsites – Alberta – Alberta Campground Directory – Free Camping in AB Guide

Government Websites

Alberta Environment and Parks

Alberta Environment and Parks – Full List of Alberta’s Public Land Use Zones

Alberta Parks – Random Backcountry Camping


Alberta’s Campgrounds – Random Camping in Alberta

Tera Swanson is a freelance writer and graduate from Mount Royal University’s Journalism undergraduate program. Whether laced into hiking boots or clipped into skis, her favourite way to explore the mountains is onherowntwofeet. She’s always up for anything that will end in the telling of a good story; be it through photography, from pen to paper, or over a locally brewed amber ale.

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