Wildfires: Unaffected areas and where to travel this summer

The summer heat has brought with it a multitude of wildfires.  The good news? There are still plenty of areas that haven’t been affected. The coastal regions in BC and mountainous parks near the Alberta border are unaffected, and Alberta has a good handle on their fire situation. The local fires also provide a good excuse to cross the border into the United States and check out neighbouring Washington and Oregon.  

As of Monday, July 10, the biggest wildfires in BC are located 100 kilometres west of Kamloops near the communities of Ashcroft, Cache Creek, 100 Mile House, 105 Mile House, 108 Mile House, 150 Mile House and the Alexis Creek Area.  


Unaffected wildfire areas in BC:

  • Northern Vancouver Island: Telegraph Cove, Port Alice, and other off the beaten track destinations
  • Central Vancouver Island: Sproat Lake, Great Central Lake, Tofino, Ucluelet, Buttle Lake, Strathcona Westmin Provincial Park
  • Southern Vancouver Island: Port Renfrew, Carmanah Provincial Park, Nitinat Lake, Lake Cowichan
  • Sunshine Coast
  • Whistler
  • Pemberton
  • Kitimat
  • Yoho National Park
  • Kootenay National Park
  • Gladstone Provincial Park
  • EC Manning Provincial Park
  • Garibaldi Provincial Park
  • BC’s entire coastline

With less even less active fires in Alberta, it’s the perfect time to cross the provincial border and explore the Rockies, or head south into Washington and Oregon.

The images below shows the areas that are affected by wildfires in Alberta, Washington and Oregon.

Unaffected areas in Alberta:

  • Banff
  • Canmore
  • Kananaskis
  • Waterton Lakes National Park
  • Jasper National Park
  • Willmore Wilderness Park
  • Kakwa Wildland Provincial Park

Unaffected areas in Washington:

  • North Cascades National Park
  • Mount Baker
  • Wenatchee National Forest
  • Gifford Pinchot National Forest
  • Olympic National Park
  • Washington coastline

Unaffected areas in Oregon:

  • Mount Hood National Forest
  • Malheaur National Forest
  • Willamette National Forest
  • Oregon coastline
  • Malheur National Forest
  • Ochoco National Forest

While there is a strict fire ban in BC this summer, don’t let this hinder the camping vibes.  No fire means better stargazing, and with our provided camping lantern, you can still play cards at night, board games or mix in some drinking games with your crew.