Travel & Culture

7 Indigenous-Owned Campgrounds & RV Parks To Explore This Summer

May 16, 2024

With warmer weather on the horizon, planning summer travel will be a top priority for B.C. residents and visitors alike. Opting for a camping or RV trip allows you to connect with nature while experiencing B.C.’s one-of-a-kind outdoor offerings. From beachfront sites to mountain views, the below Indigenous-owned businesses are perfect for those looking to head outdoors this summer. —Vita Daily

The Raven’s Nest Resort & Campground

Located north of Fairmont Hot Springs, BC, Raven’s Nest Resort and Campground in the Akisknuk First Nation, offers 25 expansive campsites, 1 tipi site, and 8 cozy log cabins complete with BBQ facilities, picnic tables, and fire rings. The resort is home to the Columbia Valley’s latest addition—an 18-hole disc golf course—and an array of outdoor adventures. Campsites are spacious and set amongst the trees offering both sun and shade with simple amenities. The log cabins provide off-grid, solar-powered comfort overlooking the beautiful Columbia Valley Wetlands.

Fair Harbour Marina & Campgrounds

Fair Harbour Marina and Campground, located on Vancouver Island, offers 26 campsites, four rental cabins, a marina, and a general store. Known as the gateway to Kyuquot Sound, the area has ten provincial parks and ecological reserves awaiting exploration. Here, rugged coastlines meet picturesque islets and beaches adorned with vibrant tidal pools brimming with marine life.

‘Ksan Campground

‘Ksan Campground is located along the scenic Skeena and Bulkley Rivers in Hazelton, Northern BC, on the land of the Gitxsan Nation. The campground offers guests generous tenting and fully serviced RV sites with mountain views. Trails from the campground lead to “The Point,” where the Skeena and Bulkley Rivers converge. This scenic five-minute stroll is accessible to all and offers an opportunity for travellers to connect with nature.

Pachena Bay Campground

At the mouth of the Pachena River near Bamfield, Vancouver Island, the Huu-ay-aht First Nations Pachena Bay Campground offers a retreat for campers and RV enthusiasts. The spectacular campground is the gateway to the West Coast Trail, set amidst old-growth rainforest next to the Pacific Ocean. Whether beachcombing along the shores, trekking through old-growth forests, or embarking on thrilling outdoor adventures like sports fishing, kayaking, and eco-tours, the location provides an unforgettable experience.

Tsawaak RV Resort 

Located in Tofino on the edge of Mackenzie Beach, Tsawaak RV Resort offers a remote and laid-back outdoor haven with individual cabin options and RV spaces. Tsawaak is in a prime location, just steps from the beach and minutes from the island’s most popular hikes and attractions. Travellers taking advantage of Tofino’s shoulder season can expect an abundance of outdoor activities like hiking, hot springs, and surfing.

Salish Seaside RV Resort and Marina

Located in Esquimalt, BC, The Salish Seaside RV Resort and Marina is owned and operated by the Songhees and Esquimalt Nations. The park is on a private peninsula with 37 full-service RV sites, float home rental, and 66 boat slips, many offering water views. The “big rig friendly” location offers additional amenities like WiFi, a modern amenities building, and a community room with decks and a fireplace, providing an unparalleled experience for visitors.

The Nk’Mip Campground and RV Park

The Indigenous-owned and operated Nk’Mip Campground and RV Park is located in BC’s wine country in Osoyoos, BC. With more lakefront and beach access sites than any other park, the resort is ideally situated between the shores of Osoyoos Lake and lush working vineyards. Visitors can embrace the hospitality of the South Okanagan Osoyoos Indian Band, stewards of this valley, while enjoying an extraordinary RV experience with a full-service resort and abundant lakefront and beach access sites. The unique destination provides abundant outdoor adventures, renowned wineries, and the nearby Nk’Mip Desert Cultural Centre, offering Indigenous cultural experiences through artifacts, interactive displays, and riveting storytelling.


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