The days may be getting shorter, but that doesn’t mean it’s time to pack up your camping gear just yet. With our relatively mild off-season weather and the plethora of local campgrounds that stay open 365 days a year, there are plenty of ways to enjoy RV camping in British Columbia this fall.
The South Thompson RV team is made up of passionate and experienced campers, and we’ve learned a thing or two over the years about how to keep the camping spirit alive deep into the off-season. Today on the blog, we’re sharing a few of our top tips for making the most of BC’s fall camping season!
Safety first - it’s important to be aware of how wildfire season may affect fall camping in the Kamloops area and beyond. By late fall we’ve usually experienced enough rain to quell any last wildfires, but you’ll still want to check with the BC Parks Official Website ahead of time to monitor park, highway, and mountain closures.
So long as BC Parks has given the green light, you can safely reserve a spot at your favourite BC campground. Be sure to always prioritize fire safety measures at the campsite, particularly during dry summer months, to do your part in preventing dangerous wildfires.
Unlike other areas of Canada that put a hard stop on camping season, BC’s mild weather allows for an extended camping season. There are many campgrounds in the Kamloops area that are open all year long, and they provide amenities that help make all-season camping comfortable and accessible. Bonus - they won’t be fully booked either! A few local RV campgrounds with year-round access include:
Swimming and fishing season will give way to fall hiking (with no bugs!), cross country skiing, snowmobiling, and even backcountry hunting. Take advantage of seeing new flora and fauna, impressive animal migrations, and changes to the constellations as the winter sky takes shape.
Remember that it may get rainy - and that’s OK! We like to say that there is no bad weather, just being badly prepared for the weather. With the right gear and some warm blankets awaiting you back at the RV, you can take on anything.
Although most trailers are designed to take on a wide range of outdoor conditions, there are specific RV makes and models engineered for year-round travel. These units include key components like additional insulation in the roof, flooring, and around pipes, an undercarriage cover, weather-resistant flooring treatments (or even carpeting), modified HVAC, window treatments, and more. We carry four-season units from manufacturers like Wildwood and Arctic Wolf, or our Service Department can help with custom upgrades to your current unit.
Is it just us, or is one of the best parts of fall camping all of the cozy gear? To make the most of your cool-weather camping trip, stock up on fluffy blankets, flameless candles, twinkle lights, technical clothing and footwear, board games, and (of course!) hot cocoa. Don’t forget to bring a Dutch oven for easy-to-make fall soups and stews over the fire, and treat yourself to a new thermos so you can pack hot coffee for a day of hiking.
We’re here to support our customers with their RV camping journeys from start to finish, and are proud to call ourselves Kamloops’ preferred RV dealer!
Whether you’re buying your very first travel trailer, truck camper, fifth wheel, toy hauler, or motorhome, need to sell your current unit, require RV services and repairs, or simply want to chat with a friendly team member about RV camping in beautiful British Columbia, we can help. You can also check out our blog for monthly tips and updates about all things RV-related.
Don’t hesitate to reach out to the South Thompson RV team today and tell us how we can assist you, and we’ll get back to you straight away!