Gulf Islands National Park Reserve is offering limited visitor services at this time. Please check our COVID-19 page for the most up-to-date information. 

Where to stay

Gulf Islands National Park Reserve offers a wide variety of camping experiences, including frontcountry, backcountry and overnight boat camping options! To see where each of these is located, download our Visitor Guide.

To make it easier to plan your experiences, reservations will now be available beginning Date: January 3, 2020 for visits during the period of May 2020 through to October 2020.

Note: You must be 19 years of age to reserve a campsite. All minors must be accompanied by an adult.

Reservation Launch: Friday, January 3rd, 2020 at 8:00am PST 

Online Reservations

Frontcountry Campgrounds

Gulf Islands National Park Reserve offers a variety of camping opportunities for families, backpackers, kayakers and boaters. If you have never been camping before, frontcountry camping (car camping) is a good way to start.

Drive-in campgrounds:

A couple relaxes near their tent

McDonald Campground

Vancouver Island

McDonald Campground is an excellent base of operations for exploring both the Gulf Islands and the Greater Victoria area, for campers, RVers, and cyclists.

A couple relax outside their RV, surrounded by the lush forest at Prior Centennial campground on Pender Island

Prior Centennial

Pender Island

There is a short walking trail on the western side of the campground, providing hiking opportunities that link to other local trails outside of the national park reserve.

Boat accessible front country campgrounds:

 Group of friends relax by their tent

Sidney Spit Campground

Sidney Island

Located at the north end of Sidney Island, this popular family-friendly destination is accessible by boat or kayak. The park offers sandy beaches, wooded trails and an abundance of birds and marine life.


Backcountry Campgrounds

For a rugged, back-to-nature experience, we offer a wide variety of backcountry campsites throughout the Southern Gulf Islands. At backcountry campsites in Gulf Islands National Park Reserve, you will find:

  • Tent pads, platforms or open field campsites
  • Pit or composting toilets
  • Picnic tables (all sites except James Bay on Prevost Island)
  • Beach access
  • No potable water – bring enough for you and your party

No campfires are permitted in the backcountry (including below the high tide mark)

Campgrounds with reservations:

A young biker couple take a break on a bike trail

Narvaez Campground

Saturna Island

Narvaez Bay is one of the most beautiful and undisturbed bays in the southern Gulf Islands. This area includes regenerating Douglas fir forest and Garry oak-arbutus ecosystems.

A couple enjoy a gentle walk, along the beach

Beaumont and Shingle Bay Campgrounds

Pender Island

Beaumont is a beautiful 10-site waterfront campground accessible from the water as a paddle-in or as a hike-in campground. Shingle Bay has a rustic feel that only the best backcountry sites have, and it’s only a short walk from the parking lot, so it's also very accessible.

First-come first-served campgrounds:

 A couple strolls among the Arbutus trees on the shoreline of D'Arcy Island

D'arcy Island

D'arcy Island

Numerous coves, cobble beaches and a forest of arbutus and Douglas fir.

Cabbage Island as seen from an approaching boat, offers a white sand beach and appealing shade from its tall trees

Cabbage Island

Cabbage Island

The marshes and stands of Garry oak, arbutus and coastal Douglas fir on Cabbage and nearby Tumbo and Saturna Islands are some of the most intact wetland and vegetation communities remaining on the Gulf Islands.

Isle-De-Lis/Rum Island

Isle-De-Lis/Rum Island

The island is popular with kayakers who stop overnight on multi-day paddling trips, but plan to arrive early in the day as there are a limited number of campsites (3).

A couple relaxes near their tent

James Bay Campground

Prevost Island

James Bay Campground is only accessible by water, and is popular with kayakers. There are no tent pads in this open field style camping area.

A couple enjoy a gentle walk, along the beach

Shell Beach, Princess Bay and Arbutus Point

Princess Margaret (Portland) Island

Portland Island features three backcountry campgrounds linked by hiking trails. The island was once the site of a First Nations village, but now the shell midden beaches encircling the island are the most visible reminder of their presence.