Are you wondering about campgrounds & RV parks in Okanagan BC? There are more than 60 private Okanagan RV parks and camping resorts to spend your summer camping vacation at. Personally we've always had good experiences at all of the RV parks and campgrounds we've stayed at.
Because camping and RV'ing is a big part of the summer tourism economy in the Okanagan, it's reasonable to say that most park owners work hard at providing the best service and facilities for visitors. We've traveled around and camped in both our tent and also our travel trailer - and it's nice to have the a/c in the camper for those really hot spells during the summer. ;-)
If you like to avoid crowds, the best time to go camping is actually in the spring and fall, when rates are lower, and there are less people in the campgrounds. Spring and fall are also excellent times for bird watching.
Generally RV parks and campgrounds in the southern interior British Columbia offer partial and/or full hook up services with 15 and 30 amp service, and some with 50 amp service. For those with a home on wheels, you'll find most modern conveniences such as Cable TV, Internet or Internet Cafe and WiFi.
And some facilities have amenities such as shower and laundry, private grounds, family and kids entertainment such as small arcades, volleyball, playgrounds, boccie ball, badminton, community fire pits, and more. In ground pools and hot tubs are sometimes a nice added plus.
Should You Make Reservations? Reserving a campsite in the Okanagan is almost a must as most campgrounds & RV parks fill quickly for the summer, and especially on holiday weekends.
Check in and check out times vary with individual campgrounds and parks. A good guideline is 11:00 a.m. for both. If you're arriving at a site later than 9 p.m. you may want to call ahead as some campgrounds and RV parks may not allow check in after that time. However, unforeseen circumstances can delay any of us, and calling ahead in those circumstances will prevent problems should you arrive quite late. Also, newer facilities may have security gates that automatically lock after a certain time in the evening. If you arrive unexpectedly late you may not be able to get in. Be aware of cancellation policies at private facilities.
What Does It Cost? You can expect to pay a more at a private campground than BC Provincial Parks and Forest Service parks during peak season, but lower off season rates, and many RV parks are open year round. Campgrounds RV parks rates typically run from $20 - $45+ respectively, low to high season and are also typically higher on long weekend holidays.
What About Pets? If you're bringing your pet with you, it must be kept on a leash and are never to be left unattended. There are very few parks (if any at all) that allow pets off the leash these days. In the Okanagan there are dog beaches, and other designated areas where you can safely let your pet run around and exercise.
Are Campfires Allowed? Not all campgrounds RV parks have individual fire pits. If a campfire is vital to your vacation, be sure to check in advance if fire pits are available. Also, campfire bans and restrictions are pretty common in the summer here during forest fire season (which seems to start earlier every year!), so do be aware of regulations during that time.
To help you find an RV park/campground, we've organized these pages by region - North, Central, South Okanagan, Similkameen Valley, and the Shuswap. The downside of searching for a campground is that you have to call each one (or check their websites) for availability, which can be time consuming. But, that's why we've listed as many as we can for you, in addition to those that we've stayed at ourselves.
Vernon, Armstrong, Enderby and east of Vernon to Cherryville BC. The North Okanagan is an Agri-tourism destination as well as a region of wetlands and beautiful forests.
The beauty of camping in the North Okanagan is that you have both Okanagan Lake and Kalamalka Lake in the region.
There are more than 15 Central Okanagan campgrounds & RV parks to choose from. We've included Kelowna, West Kelowna, Lake Country/Winfield and Oyama.
You'll find these in a variety of locations from quiet beach fronts to some Kelowna campgrounds right on Lakeshore Road in the midst of urban condo developments and the Mission Park shopping area.
South Okanagan Campgrounds - These include campgrounds & RV parks in Osoyoos, Oliver BC, Okanagan Falls, Kaleden, Penticton, Summerland and Peachland.
There are about 25 to choose from.
There's lots to do in the region and everything is quick and easy to get to. It's always been one of our favorite areas.
There are some great Similkameen campgrounds & RV Parks that you will enjoy in the Okanagan-Similkameen, around Keremeos, Cawston, Hedley, and Princeton BC.
The Similkameen Valley is famous for its western adventure, ranching and gold mining, range drives, rodeos, horseback riding guest ranches and wilderness adventures.
Similkameen BC camping is an experience unlike anywhere else in the interior BC. You're near historical and unique places like Cathedral Lakes Provincial Park, the Red Bridge, Mascot Gold Mines and the Keremeos Columns.
Camping in the Shuswap is undeniably beautiful! And, of course, the Shuswap is known for houseboating.
Campgrounds RV parks in the Shuswap include Salmon Arm, Sicamous, Blind Bay and Scotch Creek.
The Okanagan Shuswap region is home to some of British Columbia's most important rivers like the Thompson River, and the Adams River, which travels through Haig-Brown Provincial Park and is home to the sockeye salmon run.
We're always adding new pages about visiting the Okanagan BC. Please do visit often for Okanagan British Columbia travel and tourism activities information, ideas for winter vacations, summer vacation ideas, all the fun Okanagan festivals, fairs and events, shopping, wonderful places to eat, vacation accommodations, great family friendly attractions, Okanagan wineries and golf vacations, and much much more!
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