So here are the places we stayed on our travels.
When the map opens the pins are colour coded.
Green = free over night
Orange = under $15, a new category added for Australia as there are a lot of cheap legal sites available.
Red = paid overnight (either we couldn’t find anywhere or we needed a hook up, dump or laundry or just a decent shower!)
Blue = free day park, or a really good day stay worth paying for.
Click below for the maps:
(Some of the pins have link addresses to the blog for that location, but there is a limitation in google maps that does not allow redirection – you need to copy the link to your browser)
Boondocking, or dry camping, freedom camping whatever you want to call it, is the art of free camping.
Who wants to pay for a crowded RV site, normally sandwiched between a main highway and a railway line, when your RV is set up for selfcontained camping. Depending on how often you move, all you may need is a solar panel or generator. (see RV sub page on Solar tips)
There are lots of blogs on Boondocking, but this one summed it up nicely for us:
A lot of camp sites in BC Canada are now under the Provincial Parks system – they are expensive at $35 with no hook ups, get very booked up, and are popular with families and groups so can be noisy. There are still some forest service parks around managed by Recreation Sites and Trails BC and most of them are free or minimal cost. A Backroad Maps book is invaluable (BRMB apps also available – has 1 month free trial for each region). Also the BC trails web site sitesandtrailsbc.ca
Access to some can be a bit rough, often down active logging roads. The Backroad Maps book has a good summary of access, size and facilities.
There are plenty of free places to stay in an RV – Boondocking in Canada doesn’t look as easy as the USA as there are not the BLM areas, but it’s just a matter of being observant. Most rest areas will have “no overnight” parking signs, so look for community centres, sports grounds, baseball diamonds, churches, trail heads for examples. If you can find someone around you can ask to stay, otherwise just wing it. For one night stays we haven’t had a problem. If you feel guilty about a park, just set your alarm for 7:00am and move on to a breakfast spot. Most public areas allow parking after 6:00am, but arriving too early can look like you stayed overnight when you haven’t ! Bylaw and peace officers don’t finish their coffee and doughnuts till after 7am so don’t move too early.
If you have time and web access (and data allowance) then google maps satelite view is helpful, and combined with Street View you can even check out parking restriction signs!
And if you can plan your arrival a few days in advance try Boondockerswelcome.com
More than just a place to stay, you meet amazing people.