With over 1,100 Recreation Sites, unique to British Columbia, the Recsite Adventure Layer is a whole new way to experience BC’s Backcountry. Whether you prefer rustic roadside stops or well-developed campsites with enhanced amenities, this one of a kind Adventure Layer will be the only guide you need in the search for your next backcountry retreat. Often scattered around lakes, creeks and scenic vistas of BC, this impressive system of recreation areas was originally developed to explore the wilderness of BC. Let us guide you to explore BC’s backcountry with confidence, as you access the most comprehensive list of recreation sites around BC in the palm of your hand.

In addition to geo-referencing the Recsite Points of Interest, we have included short descriptions on most of these sites. These write-ups include location, number of campsites, activity legend (fishing, hunting, wildlife viewing, ATVing, snowmobiling, swimming, hiking, paddling, etc.), boat launch locations, picnic areas and amenities, accessibility and terrain, managed campsites, free campsites, RV vs tent camping, and much more.

Recsite Adventure Legend (Activities):

  • Anchorage
  • ATVing
  • Beach
  • Biking
  • Boat Launch
  • Camping (Tent Trailer and/or Backcountry)
  • Diving
  • Downhill Skiing
  • Fishing
  • Golfing
  • Hiking
  • Horseback Riding
  • Hunting
  • Hut/Cabin
  • Mountaineering
  • Paddling
  • Picnicking
  • Reservation
  • Scenic/View/Wildlife
  • Snowmobiling
  • Snowshoeing
  • Swimming
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Windsurfing
  • X-country Skiing

With so much to see and so many places to explore, here is a list of Points of Interest, features and highlights included with the Recsite Adventure Layer.

  • BC Recreation Site locations
  • Backcountry Campsites
  • Managed Rec Sites (paid)
  • Tent & RV Campsite indicators
  • Water Activities (fishing, paddling, swimming, etc.)
  • Trails Activities (ATVing, hiking, snowmobiling, etc.)
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Boat Launches
  • Picnic Areas
  • And More…
Recsites and Trails
Recreation Sites and Trails BC
Victoria, BC

N 48.4259, W 123.3609

About Us

Recreation Sites and Trails BC is a branch of the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations with an operational program delivered through a Headquarters office in Victoria, four regions and 18 districts across the province. The purpose of the Recreation Sites and Trails Branch is to develop, maintain and manage a network of recreation sites and trails to provide safe, quality recreation opportunities for the public.

Formally managed by the BC Forest Service; recreation sites and trails are public campgrounds and trails located on Crown land outside of parks and settled areas. They provide enjoyable recreation experiences generally within an integrated resource management setting. This means that the land base is managed for a variety of land uses, which may include forestry, cattle grazing, mineral extraction, oil and gas exploration, recreation, fish and wildlife management, watershed protection, etc. While visiting recreation sites and trails, you can expect to encounter a number of different land management activities across the landscape.

Mission Statement

To develop, maintain and manage a network of recreation sites and trails while providing safe, quality recreation opportunities for the public in BC’s rugged and real backcountry.

What to Look For

BC offers a host of exceptional recreation opportunities. While some of the Province’s most spectacular recreation features are located in parks, many more recreation resources are found in the rugged and real backcountry. Map symbols below identify BC Recreation Sites and Trails points of interest.

Map Symbol:
Recreation Sites - Camping
Recreation sites - Camping/RV
Recreation sites - Day Use
Trails - Trailhead

How to Search:

Follow the Search Guidelines below to find Recreation Sites and Trails BC, Points of Interest.

Enter acronym in the search field
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POI Tip:

Click on the POI symbol to reveal more information. Some POI include descriptions, activities and much more.

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