Originally Posted by spomo1
Trip plan is growing... does anybody know where I can easily find the regulations for camping in Canada parks outside of campgrounds? is it the same as for US National Forrest? I am looking around the Kelowna area.
There is no camping in Provincial or National parks outside of designated campgrounds. Outside of the parks themselves, however, there are lots of opportunities. About 94% of BC is Crown land (or state-owned), similar to your National Forest or BLM land. The rest is private. The challenge is knowing what is Crown land. If it's not signed or gated and you're out in the boonies away from houses and other buildings, you're probably safe. There are also many free (or cheap) forest service sites throughout BC (maybe a picnic table or a pit toilet, but little else).
Around Kelowna, most of the lower valley down by the lake is privately owned, but there are plenty of Provincial and private campsites. There are numerous forest service sites up in the hills to the northeast - dense forest riddled with forestry roads and plenty of small lakes. Great way to escape the heat of the valley, too.
There is lots of great info here
, including a map of forest service sites around Kelowna. A link from the same page goes to a 2007 PDF file
explaining BC's recreation (or forest service) sites, including a list of all sites and when fees apply. Your challenge will be to locate the sites, given a name and general region only.
Some good info here
. And more info about BC's recreation sites here
Good luck, Spomo1 and Roonie. Sorry, I don't have any info about Alberta. Enjoy your trips. We're heading in the opposite direction, down to Washington and Oregon for two weeks.