Whether you’re a last-minute planner or just love a good spontaneous road trip, it’s always good to have a running list of parks and first-come-first-served campsites to be prepared. Fortunately, BC Parks has put together a list of all the provincial parks that offer visitors and campers same-day bookings.

According to BC Parks, same-day bookings are available at front country parks and campgrounds so long as they have stable internet access, a gatehouse, and enough staff to support same-day arrivals.

When booking your spot, you may notice that some parks have the same-day option during peak season only, in the event that there is limited staffing during the ‘shoulder season.’

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So with that in mind, here are all the BC parks offering same-day bookings:

  • Alice Lake
  • Lakelse Lake
  • Bear Creek
  • Miracle Beach
  • Cultus Lake
  • Monck
  • Goldstream Okanagan
  • Lake South
  • Gordon Bay
  • Porteau Cove
  • Herald
  • Rathtrevor Beach
  • Kikomun Creek
  • Shuswap Lake
  • Kokanee Creek
  • Syringa

Note that most provincial parks have a 48-hour booking window, which means the earliest you can reserve your spot is before 8 pm two days prior to your desired arrival date.

This is especially needed for parks without stable internet, staff, or a gatehouse.

So there you have it, last-minute adventurers! These parks are perfect for all of your outdoor spontaneous whimsies – and it’s the perfect time of year to start booking!