There is no single resource for creating your own trip plan, but we’ve compiled a list of our favourites that help us go further. Whether you already know where you’d like to go or simply know you want to explore, the list below will be a great starting point.
1. Google Maps: Start from outer space and start narrowing it down. Have a region in mind? That’s usually a good spot to start. Google Maps will help you narrow down your search to a specific region that interests you.
2. Backroad Mapbooks (BRMB): There’s nothing better than having a physical copy of a map. Once you’ve settled on the region you’d like to explore, these books provide detailed information on route planning, choices of rec sites and ideas on what to do in the area. We provide you with a Backroad Mapbook in your rental.
3. Campsite websites: Thanks to BRMB, you’ve carved out a sweet route to your destination. Now, it’s time to check out the updated information on the locations you’re considering visiting. Below are a few of our go-to sites.
Sites and Trails BC: Recreation Sites provide a rustic camping experience. Generally located in remote areas and accessed by gravel forestry roads, recreation sites provide basic facilities, such as fire-rings, picnic tables, outhouses, and, where appropriate, boat-launching ramps. Portable water and electricity is not provided. Most of these sites cannot be reserved.
BC Hydro Rec Sites: BC Hydro has developed and maintains a wide range of recreation areas around the province.
4. Updates on Backroads: Visit the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations website to determine which forest district office applies to your trip and get up-to-date information on road closures and safety information relevant to your route.
In addition to these resources, we also find cruising various location-specific blogs, speaking to other outdoor enthusiasts, and using social media as helpful tools in finding new spots to explore!