Classic Canadian Camping

Whether it’s roughing it, backcountry camping around Murtle Lake, or camping in one of our RV Parks, Blue River is all about classic, Canadian camping. Pitch you tent, or park your RV. Connect with friends and family while making camp and stoking your campfire. Roast marshmallows on a stick. Meet other campers from around the world. Share your stories. Compare your experiences. Stay up past your usual bedtime. Listen to nocturnal wilderness sounds. Fall asleep under the stars with the distant call of a train whistling in your ears. Eat breakfast, lunch and dinner over a picnic table.

Blue River – The Half Way Point on the Yellowhead Highway

In a landscape that morphs from rolling ranch lands to the western slopes of the Rocky Mountains., Blue River is half way between Vancouver, BC and Edmonton, Alberta, and an ideal spot to break up any excursion along the Yellowhead Highway. And whether you’re pulling your own rig, a pop tent, or heading into the wilderness, there’s a campsite waiting for you here.

RV and Tent Camping

Make Blue River your staging ground for exploring the Cariboo and Monashee mountains, rivers and lakes. Two local campgrounds provide RV and tent camping, or if, you prefer the creature comfort of sleeping in a bed instead of a sleeping bag, rental cabins are available at both campgrounds. Pull in, hook-up, spread out, and start unwinding.

Blue River Campground

Blue River Campground & RV Park features 42 sites for RV and tent camping, including three tipi tents large enough to accommodate your family. A great overnight stop en route to, or from, Vancouver or Alberta, the campground is located on the Yellowhead Highway at the north end of town.

Catch up on the latest news; gather around the gazebo and its outdoor community TV. Check-in back home, WIFI extends to most campsites at Blue River Campground. Get your bearings and your daily recommendations of what to see, where to hike, ride or fish by stopping in for a chat at the campground office. Don’t have your gear? That’s okay, the folks at Blue River Campground will be happy to rent you everything you’ll need for days of adventure in our mountains – canoes, tents, mountain and town bikes, and fishing gear – all you need to do is ask.

Open seasonally from May to October and by advance reservation for winter camping, Blue River Campground is a family campsite with plenty of activities to keep the youngest ones entertained until it’s time to clean up for dinner. Challenge the family to a ‘kids versus parents’ board game. Shoot some hoops at the basketball net. Practice soccer or street hockey, in the safety of the campgrounds. Build an entire village worth of castles in the sandbox. Create summer memories that last all year long, camping in the great outdoors.

Bone Creek Wilderness Retreat

Unpack your gear, and settle in for the night, telling stories around the campfire. The Bone Creek Wilderness Retreat just north of Blue River will inspire tales of adventure with its magnificent setting in the shadow of Duffy Peak at Cedar Mountain.

Surrounded by 155 acres of undeveloped Crown lands, Bone Creek combines the best of wilderness camping with the amenities of a drive-in camping, just moments from the Yellowhead Highway. Secluded and serene, Bone Creek Wilderness Retreat features rustic wilderness cabins outfitted with all the comforts of home, along with fully serviced drive-in and tenting campsites.

Soak up the natural beauty of Bone Creek. Wake up to the call of songbirds greeting the day. Spend your days fishing beneath the bridge in the North Thompson River, or hiking to Pyramid Falls. You’ll be inspired to return in winter, when the cabins at Bone Creek become your staging ground for snow-filled adventures, sledding their vast untracked trails.

Murtle Lake - Backcountry Wilderness Camping

Pack in your pop tent and make camp on the beach. Drift off to that deep kind of sleep you can only have after a day spent exploring the great outdoors. Wake up to sunrise peaking over the mountains. Find tranquility in your tent, on the sandy shores of Murtle Lake.

With over 100 kilometres of forested shoreline, 69 campsites in 20 secluded locations, camping at Murtle Lake truly is getting away from it all. Rugged, raw and wild, camping here is for the adventurous at heart. Point your canoe and begin paddling, it’s the only way you can reach 19 of the 20 campsites. Outfitted with shared fire rings, pit toilets, and bear caches, Murtle Lake is a backcountry camping experience, where up-close and personal encounters with wildlife can be a frequent occurrence. Get away from it all. Unplug. Disconnect from your laptop and reconnect with the natural world, exploring Murtle Lake’s endless kilometres of pure, off the grid, get-away-from-it-all wilderness.

When to Go

  • Blue River Campground & RV Park is open seasonally from May to October and by reservation for hearty winter campers
  • Bone Creek Wilderness Retreat is open year ‘round with camping in the late spring, summer and early fall, and cabin rentals throughout the year
  • Murtle Lake is officially open for camping mid-May to the end of September, however, you can access it after the snowmelt in the spring and up to the end of October in the fall

Need to Know

  • Both Blue River Campground & RV Park, and Bone Creek Wilderness Retreat are right off the Yellowhead Highway, making it easy to pull in just for the night or even longer
  • Camping at Murtle Lake is backcountry, wilderness camping where you must pack out what you packed in
  • Campsites at Murtle Lake are on a first-come, first-served basis, no reservations required
  • To avoid disappointment, reserve your Blue River Campground or Bone Creek Wilderness Retreat campsite in advance
  • Cash is the preferred method of payment at Murtle Lake and Bone Creek Wilderness Retreat
  • Blue River Campground rents canoes and wheels, mountain bikes, town bikes, as well as fishing gear and tents from their campground office
  • Area trail maps are available for free at the Blue River Campground. Detailed, regional road maps are also available for sale here
  • Both Blue River Campground & RV Park and Bone Creek Wilderness Retreat are pet friendly
  • Due to the backcountry environment, pets are not allowed at Murtle Lake
  • Prepare for mosquitoes in summer –light-weight, long-sleeved clothing, bug repellent and netting for protection

Top 10 Reasons to Camp in Blue River

  1. Take a break driving between Vancouver and Edmonton – Blue River is exactly half-way, making it an ideal spot to pull over
  2. Experience hundreds of kilometres of pure "get-away-from-it-all" wilderness
  3. Push your boundaries, canoeing and camping on Murtle Lake's (Play/Murtle Lake) wide, sandy beaches, in the shadow of fjord-like mountains
  4. Experience our River Safari (Play/Tours) eco-tour, fish (Play/Rivers & Lakes) for Rainbows and Kokanees, explore our mountainside trails (Play/Trails)
  5. Catch some rays at the beach at Eleanor Lake (Play/Rivers & Lakes), an idyllic rest-stop in the heart of our town
  6. Slow down, breathe in clean, mountain air, and play in the great outdoors
  7. Reconnect with the whole family, outside of your daily routine
  8. Unplug from your hyper-connected world, discovering there's something magical about the mountains
  9. Taste the difference cooking over a campfire can make
  10. Bring Fido along, generally speaking, it's a pet-friendly vacation (Except for Murtle Lake)