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- Riverside campground in Blue River, BC, just off Highway 5
- 45 minutes' drive from Murtle Lake, only accessible by canoe
- Bike, canoe, paddleboard and fishing gear rental on site
A river, of course (well, two actually – the Blue and the North Thompson). But also lakes, forests and mountains, with all the promise of days spent hiking, biking, fishing, canoeing and horseback riding, all the while keeping peepers peeled for the area’s wilder residents – moose, deer, eagles and bears among them.
Yup, this is a pretty great place for outdoorsy folks – with the added bonus of being stonkingly easily accessible. Blue River Campground is in the little town of Blue River, just off Highway 5 halfway between Kamloops and Jasper (thus making it also a handy place for those seeking a stopover on a long journey).
Don’t feel you have to turn up here with heaps of kit – the park has plenty to rent, including fishing gear, bikes, canoes and gold pans for prospective prospectors. Picnic tables and fireboxes are provided, along with a cooking shelter set up with barbecue and fridge. Facilities for kids include a sand play area with all manner of toys and games for the tiddlers, plus basketball hoops, badminton area and a soccer net for the older ones.
Surrounded by nature you may well be, but also within easy reach of all the amenities of Blue River – a grocery store, gas stations and restaurants are a couple of minutes’ drive from the campground.
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Leisure on site
Bar or club house
Indoor swimming pool
Outdoor swimming pool
Amenities on site
Car parking by pitch/unit
Ice pack freezing
Parent & baby washroom
Pick-up from public transport
Single-sex groups welcome
Student groups welcome
Commercial vehicles allowed
Dogs allowed all year
Tipis, yurts, or wigwams
Lake and/or mountain
Electric car charging point(s)
Gas cylinders available
Dog walk nearby
Large (51-200 pitches)
Cycle hire nearby
Mountain biking nearby
Touring and motorhomes
Drainage hook-up points for tourers
Water hook-up points for tourers
Turn by the Saddle Mountain restaurant onto Frontage Road West.
This is a mighty fine area for fresh-air frolics – bring your hiking boots to head out on local trails, some of which start just behind the campground, or explore the area on a jeep or boat safari in the summer months. Mountain bike trails and ATV routes run through the forests and meadows, too.
There’s also great fishing nearby – the local rivers and lakes are full of rainbow and lake trout, kokanee and dolly varden. If you’d rather get on the water, canoes, kayaks and paddleboards are available for hire at the campground. Nearby Murtle Lake, the largest canoe-only lake in North America, can be accessed from a parking lot around 45 minutes’ drive away.
Need somewhere to kick back and relax for a bit? Hit the beach at Eleanor Lake, a 10-minute walk away, to chill out on the sands, leap from the diving tower or swim from the rafts. A volleyball court, playground and firepits are also provided for those who’d like to make a day of it.
Permitted arrival/departure time
|Camping and touring|
|Arrive:||2 p.m. –||9 p.m.|
|Depart by:||11 a.m.|
|Arrive:||2 p.m. –||9 p.m.|
|Depart by:||11 a.m.|
Blue River Campground cancellation policy
No refunds within 1 week of arrival date.
Modifications are subject to a CA$1.00 (£0.57) fee.
Bookings cannot be amended within 1 day(s) of arrival.
No refunds/discounts for inclement weather, late arrivals or early departures.
If you need to cancel or amend your booking, please give as much notice as possible so that someone else has the chance to book. You may wish to buy holiday insurance for cancellations and for your property/injury whilst away.
Please note that your deposit is paid to Pitchup.com and is non-refundable.
A 15% non-refundable deposit is payable now. Blue River Campground will debit the balance from your card 1 week before arrival, or if the arrival date is sooner than 1 week then the balance will be taken immediately.
You can also opt to pay the full amount at the time of your booking, or at any point before the due date.
Payment methods accepted on the parkAmerican Express
Terms and conditionsSite booking terms and conditions
- Does Blue River Campground have a swimming pool? No View all features
- Is Blue River Campground dog friendly? Yes View all features
- What attractions are near Blue River Campground? This is a mighty fine area for fresh-air frolics – bring your hiking boots to head out on local trails, some of which start just behind the campground, or explore the area … Read more
- When can I check in and check out of Blue River Campground?
Camping and touring Arrive: 2 p.m. – 9 p.m. Depart by: 11 a.m. On-site accommodation Arrive: 2 p.m. – 9 p.m. Depart by: 11 a.m.