It’s summer, which means camping season is upon us! Northern BC is known for it’s wide range of camping opportunities, and the abundant lakes and diverse campsites in the region provide an option for every kind of camper imaginable. Maybe you’re into fishing and water sports, or maybe you prefer a quiet place to read a book and enjoy the sights. From remote backroads camping to Provincial Parks; Lakes to rivers; staying in cabins to sleeping under the stars, anything is possible.
If you need a little help finding the right fit, there are many online resources available. You can search by location or campsite type, and even reserve in advance for some locations.
We’ve put together some of our Staff Picks. We hope you’ll enjoy these spots as much as we do!
“Inzana Lake and is about 4 hours from Prince George (near Fort St. James). It is a super small campsite, but good fishing! Each time I have been out there with my family, it has only been us.”
Tyla’s family goes all out when cooking on their camping trips. Check out their favourite camping meal in the photo below!
Meziadin Lake & Sowchea Bay
“Meziadin is located about 2 hours North of Kitwanga. The lake is beautiful and SO clear! The fishing is amazing; lots and lots of salmon. The site is large, and offers some spots directly on the lake. There is a small general store and even wifi if staying connected is important to you.
Sowchea Bay on Stuart Lake was my family’s go-to spot while I was growing up. The sandy beach is the best for making sand castles, and all of the spots are located directly on the lake! It’s located close to Fort St. James, and offers outhouses and is very well maintained.”
Fish Hooks, Tacheeda and Bobtail
Fishhooks is good if you are going just to hang out by a fire. You can’t really utilize the actual lake, but it is usually a quite site to just hang out.
Tacheeda is good if you want to go quadding but can get super busy with forestry crews.
Bobtail is good if you want to go kayaking but also tends to be busy and is usually better if you go in a group.
Kerry Lake Recreation Site is the top pick for Nic and her family! Kerry Lake is a maintained site located about 95 km North from Prince George. It features a boat launch, picnic tables, an outhouse, fire rings and a beach!
“One of my fave northern BC camping destinations is Lasalle Lake, McBride, BC. The LaSalle Lake Recreation Site is located approximately 40 km west of McBride. This site has recently been expanded and offers 20 campsites (picnic tables and fire-rings), 2 outhouses, bear proof garbage containers, firewood, a small beach area, dock and swimming/diving platform. LaSalle Lake is a non-motorized lake and provides good fishing opportunities as it is stocked with trout. We love to take our kayaks, fish or just watch the local water mink play in the shallows. We enjoy going into McBride and visiting Whistle Stop Gallery, which sells so many amazing locally made items and gifts. And then grabbing a beverage or meal from the Beanery2Bistro that is housed in the old historic train station. A lot of their menu items contain locally grown or raised components. Such an amazing community to spend some time in.”
Mount Robson, Kinbasket, & Bowron Lake Chain
Mount Robson Provincial Park offers both vehicle accessible camping and walk-in wilderness camping. This beautiful, popular park is located in the Canadian Rockies, bordering Jasper AB.
Kinbasket Lake is a reservoir on the Columbia River, located between Revelstoke and Golden. This more central camping location offers a resort with lakefront camping and a ton of amenities!
Bowron Lake Chain is a popular spot for backcountry canoers. Camping is available all along the chain, with one park dedicated to vehicle accessible camping.
Greer Creek Falls
“Love Love Love Greer Creek Falls – it is located just outside of Vanderhoof, most of the hike down to the camping area is on wooden paths, then there is a steep down and you’re there! There is a picnic table and an out house. Right on the water there is probably only room for one family, unless you like your neighbors and then there is more room up the hill a bit behind the outhouse.
Beautiful location in McBride, you can kayak down the ‘creek’, great biking in the area, hiking trails with great views and tons of wildlife (deer, moose, etc)
It is a yearly tradition in September for a bunch of my family to meet here and catch up – great spot during summer and fall!
Horsefly, Azouzetta Lake, Francis Lake, Silver King Basin, & Raven Lake
“These are my faves from the last couple of summers that I have done. 😊 The drive in ones all have great hikes nearby.