Ribbon cutting for Canadian Camping Week on May 19th at Fort Langley. Curtesy of Simon Ratcliffe – Channel Collective. From left to right – Mike Bernier, MLA and Parliamentary Secretary Ministry of Environment; Petrina Arnason, Councillor, Township of Langley; Jim Humphrey, President BC Lodging and Campgrounds Association; Gayle Martin, Councillor, City of Langley and MP Mark Warawa.
Fort Langley, BC. The first ever Canadian Camping Week is now underway May 19 – May 24, 2015. Over 435 campgrounds from coast to coast are participating in this inaugural event that showcases all that Canadian camping has to offer. The week has been proclaimed by the Province of British Columbia.
Canadian Camping Week is designed to encourage Canadians to get outside to enjoy fun, safe and secure camping experiences with family and friends. Popular camping activities such as fishing contests, children’s activities and family movie nights will be hosted by participating campgrounds, and the week-long event will culminate with a special discounted camping weekend rate.
Participating campgrounds are offering a special discounted rate of $50 for two nights May 23 and 24, to showcase the best of what British Columbia’s Camping has to offer. Parks Canada is also participating in the Canadian Camping Week by offering a $50 discount on their Discovery Pass for campers staying two nights or more at their locations. For additional information about participating campgrounds, partners and updated list of Canadian Camping Week activities, please visit www.campingweek.ca or www.campingrvbc.com/camping-week/
On this first day of Camping Week, the Canadian Camping and RV Council (CCRVC) in partnership with provincial camping and RV associations across Canada, is pleased to release the first national Economic Impact and Trend Analysis report on the Camping Industry in Canada.
British Columbia Camping Facts:
- British Columbia has 570 campgrounds representing 38,669 campsites operated by the private sector, municipalities, Parks Canada, and BC parks
- The average campground size in British Columbia is 68 sites.
- In BC 662,260 people camped in 2014 – 56% in tents, 9% in trailers, 6% in tent trailers, 9% in fifth wheels and 11% in Motorhomes and 9% in other lodging.
- In BC, the camping industry contributes $606 million dollars to British Columbia GDP.
- The camping industry in BC employs 7,524 and generates $137 million in sales and income tax.
“I am thrilled to launch the first ever Canadian Camping Week to celebrate this very important industry and showcase what Canadian camping has to offer. The Camping and RVing industries are tremendous contributors to Canada’s economy overall and play an important role in the lives of their communities. I look forward to seeing new and returning campers join us in celebrating the first ever Canadian Camping Week.” – Maryse Catellier, President, CCRVC
“I am pleased to join the Canadian Camping and RV Council and the Camping and RVing BC Coalition to launch the first ever Canadian Camping Week. This week is an opportunity to recognize the contributions of the camping industry to the Canadian economy. Camping is an important way for Canadians to connect with family and friends while enjoying some of the most beautiful landscapes that Canada’s environment has to offer.” – Mark Warawa, Member of Parliament for Langley
“Camping is an activity that promotes a sense of community, creates life-long memories and allows people to engage with nature. I am thrilled that over 50 private campgrounds and national parks around British Columbia have joined Canadian Camping Week to encourage people to celebrate the camping and RVing lifestyle.” – Joss Penny, Chair, Camping and RVing BC Coalition
About the Camping and RVing British Columbia Coalition
The Camping and RVing BC Coalition was formed in 2008 with the support of Destination British Columbia to better position the provincial camping and RVing experience and to capitalize on the growth of nature-based tourism. Coalition members currently include BC Parks, BC Lodging & Campgrounds Association, Recreation Sites and Trails BC, RV Rental Association of Canada, Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association, the BC Society of Parks Facility Operators, Parks Canada, Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association of British Columbia and the Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC.