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Free Camping Resources for Alberta and B.C.

FREE CAMPING RESOURCES FOR
ALBERTA + BRITISH COLUMBIA

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. 


BOOKS

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.

BRITISH COLUMBIA WEBSITES

Comprehensive/Searchable Free Camping Websites:

Free Campsites

British Columbia Campground Directory

Tour-Guide-Canada.com

Government Websites:

Recreation Sites and Trails BC

Recreational Sites and Trails BC – Interactive Map

BC Crown Land

Blogs and Tourism Websites:

Free Camping Near Vancouver

Camping on Crown Land in BC Recreation Sites – Vancouver Island

ALBERTA WEBSITES

Comprehensive/Searchable Free Camping Websites:

Free Campsites – Alberta

TracksandTrails.ca – Alberta Campground Directory

TracksandTrails.ca – 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

Blogs

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.