dry camping in hudson’s hope, british columbia

dry camping hudson's hope british columbia

Let’s just call this post a sign of the times, okay? The weather is warm(er) this week – in the mid/upper teens, and it has all of us dreaming about summer adventures, as well as all those adventures from last summer that we never shared. Oops. Remember that time we traveled across the AlCan Highway to get to our new home at Fort Wainwright, Alaska? Well, we camped several places along the way, and one of those when we spent dry camping in Hudson’s Hope, British Columbia. Camping with kids and all three pets (2 cats and a dog) was wild, and we definitely learned a lot, and this spot was one for the books!

Dry Camping in Hudson’s Hope, British Columbia

When we started our transcontinental road trip, we knew that we had to be somewhat flexible with where we stayed. We weren’t sure how much mileage we’d be able to tackle each day, and with three kids, two vehicles, a dog, two cats, and my mama in tow, we knew we wanted to play some things by ear. In many ways, camping is the ideal for this sort of flexible traveling but, again, look at all we had in tow.

Before we hit even made it to the Alaska-Canada Highway though, we had to make our way through British Columbia from Washington State, and that called for two separate nights. We spent the first at a little pit stop motel that was cozy, but the next day, we knew we’d be somewhat flying by the seat of our pants. So, we opted for dry camping in Hudson’s Hope, British Columbia at the Cameron Lake Campground.

dry camping hudson's hope british columbia

cameron lake hudson's hope

Cameron Lake Campground in Hudson’s Hope, BC

Nestled in Northern BC about 15 miles south of Hudson’s Hope proper, Cameron Lake Campground was an absolutely stunning little gem just off Highway 29 which, we thought, was along the way. It ended up being a tiny bit out of the way (read: 15ish miles), but it was pretty much the only spot anywhere in the area that had an actual campsite available for us last-minute. Cameron Lake Campground offered all the following (and more):

  • 21 dry camping sites
  • Outhouses
  • Fire pits
  • Swimming allowed
  • Fishing allowed
  • Animals welcome

The campground pops up out of nowhere, but offers spacious campsites, a playground onsite, and direct access to the water, which was so welcome after a really long day of driving. What we didn’t factor into the equation, however, was the fact that “dry camping” meant no water, and there were no shops anywhere nearby. Once we arrived, my mom and I had to set everything up and cook food whilst Ryan drove about 40 minutes back to fill our 75L water jug and buy additional water.

camping with kids

dry camping hudson's hope british columbia

camping with cats

What We Learned About Dry Camping

Dry camping is, in a nutshell, camping where there are no hookups. These campgrounds are on public land, and visitors flock from all over for the very modest land usage and, more often than not, beautiful views. And yes, Cameron Lake Campground delivered in spades. We’ve camped with the kids before plenty of times, including at the KoA in Leavenworth, WA, but there were amenities there. This was sooo close to wild camping.

It was so quiet, and waking up to the sound of the lake was amazing. I wish that we’d gotten there earlier though because it was a lot to learn to set all our new gear up and make dinner whilst trying to figure out bear safety with the cats in the car and our dog, Danny, in one of the tents. It was amazing, but there is a learning curve to dry camping, and I’d definitely guess it’s easier without all your worldly belongings + animals in tow. Most of all though, I wish we’d overprepared in terms of water because when you’re in the middle of nowhere and you need more than our trusty LifeStraw, it’s worth having too much.

Tips for Dry Camping in Hudson’s Hope, British Columbia

Address: BC-29, Hudson’s Hope, BC V0C 1V0, Canada

Price: Campsite space is $20/night for the first slip, and each additional is $15/night; reservations must be made online beginning the first day of May; firewood is $5/bundle, but note that there are often burn bans in the summer due to the wildfires

Tips: Bring eye masks; the sun sets late in the summer, so we had full daylight until about 10:15 PM where we were located. Make sure you have a bear box or a spot to store your food overnight, as bear boxes aren’t provided. We had no issue, but it was worth noting. We also had to use our cooktop stove because there was a burn ban. Also, bring either a thermocell or lots of bug spray (or both) due to heavy mosquito activity.

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