In no particular order, here are our top 5 favourite FREE camping spots in Canada (so far…)
ARDEN CREEK – Port Alberni, British Columbia
Secluded waterside camping at its finest. A 40-minute drive from Port Alberni on a well maintained logging road gets you to the Alberni Inlet where you can tent or vehicle camp in a beautifully wooded area with picnic tables and a vault toilet.
Everything you need to know here: https://www.genericvan.life/full-camping-directory/listing/arden-creek/
ALEXANDER BAY – Glovertown, Newfoundland
With gravel pits aplenty in Newfoundland, finding one with a view is just an added bonus. Just off of the Trans-Canada on a dirt road is the former settlement of Alexander Bay; now a lovely gravel clearing on Boatswain’s (First) Pond.
Everything you need to know here: https://www.genericvan.life/full-camping-directory/listing/alexander-bay/
HARTLEY LAKE – Fernie, British Columbia
Nestled in the mountains just 30 minutes outside of Fernie, Hartley Lake is a beautiful emerald-coloured lake surrounded by spruce trees. There are a couple gravel clearings for vehicles and many hiking and ATV trails around in an otherwise perfectly remote setting.
Everything you need to know here: https://www.genericvan.life/full-camping-directory/listing/hartley-lake/
CASHEL LAKE – Gilmour, Ontario
Grassy crown land on a crystal clear lake. Pick a spot on the grass or in the woods and enjoy the peaceful surroundings of this nicely maintained area perfect for swimming, boating and fishing.
Everything you need to know here: https://www.genericvan.life/full-camping-directory/listing/cashel-lake/
NAHMINT LAKE – Port Alberni, British Columbia
It’s a rough road to get in, but totally worth the trek. Camp beneath old growth hemlock trees in BC’s rainforest. You’re also steps away from a rocky beach on a quiet freshwater lake.
Everything you need to know here: https://www.genericvan.life/full-camping-directory/listing/nahmint-lake/
Canada is HUGE and full of gorgeous, unobstructed nature waiting to be uncovered (and respected 🤓). Be sure to let us know if you check out any of these spots and shed some light on your favourite free spots too by leaving a comment below. Happy trails!