Family-Friendly Camping in Prince George, BC: Our Top Picks

by Bailey Bouwman

Camping season is right around the corner and we are excited to share our top picks for family-friendly campsites near Prince George. After a long winter, we can't wait to take our kids on the next adventure - and not without these bug patches and our favourite sun hats.

Below are some of our favorite campgrounds around Prince George, BC that offer everything families and kids love. These are places we have taken our families to and are excited to return to. We also want to hear from you! Share your favorite campsites in the comments and let us know why they're awesome.

Top Picks for Prince George Campgrounds

Purden Lake

Purden Lake Provincial Park is a BC Parks operated site located 65km from Prince George, which takes about 45 minutes to drive. This campground features a brand new playground that is perfect for keeping busy kids entertained. The only downside is that it's a 10-minute walk to the beach for swimming adventures, but there is a public parking lot at the beach for day visits.

Bear Lake

Bear Lake, also known as Crooked River Provincial Park, is a BC Parks site located 75 km (about an hour drive) north of Prince George. This lake boasts an amazing sandy public beach that is great for day visits. The quaint campground has sites near the water, playgrounds, and hiking trails. We only stayed here for one night, but we're eager to return. Bear Lake is a fan favorite for families due to its accessibility, cell-phone coverage, and lake swimming.

Ten Mile Lake

The campground and resort at Lazy Daze Resort is a favorite amongst our friends. This family-friendly, pet-friendly campground features some of the best lake shore on the lake. It is a private campground and is located 112 km from Prince George, which takes about an hour and 15 minutes to drive.

Salmon Valley

In the heart of the Salmon Valley, just 27km (23 minutes) north of Prince George, is a small privately owned campground that books up fast due to its stunning location, river-side fun, and overall amazing-ness.

Campsites Further from Town

If you don't mind traveling 1-2 hours, there are a few more campsites that your family may enjoy - and I know that's used casually because in the North sometimes an hour or two isn't far - but sometimes it feels like a lot with a baby. If you're up for more weekend adventures, check out our favourite getaway from Prince George, BC.

  • Stuart Lake - Paarens Beach
  • Fraser Lake - Beaumont Park
  • Barkerville - Wells - Bowron Lakes
  • Carp Lake

From lakeside campgrounds to privately owned sites, there is something for everyone. Don't forget to share your favorite campsites in the comments below and let us know why you love them. Whether you're a seasoned camper or a first-timer, we encourage you to get out there and explore the beautiful wilderness that British Columbia has to offer. Happy camping!


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