How to find the perfect campground:
Provincial Campsites are highly regulated and have set standards for campers. Often located in gorgeous surroundings, these sites are generally known to be well maintained with a wide variety of amenities. Many provincial campsites have flush toilets, showers, drinking water, picnic areas and boat launches. Because these sites are so standardized they make great vacation spots for avid campers and beginners alike. These sites are highly sought after and often require booking months in advance. Many campsite reviews can be found on line, including at Discover Camping. A few of our favourite provincial campgrounds are: Shuswap Lake Provincial Park, Mabel Lake Provincial Park and Christina Lake Provincial Park.
Recreational Campsites (also known as Forestry Campsites) are far more rustic than Provincial or Private Campgrounds. They often have very few amenities but offer low cost, private camping. If you are a savvy camper and an avid outdoorsman/woman that likes back woods camping then a forestry site may be just the thing for you! One of our favorite Forestry sites that I remember from growing up is Noisy Creek near Enderby.
This post was updated July 2020 and originally shared on Homemade Heather in 2014.