Central Vancouver Island Camping Adventures

Camping On Central Vancouver Island

The central zone of Vancouver Island has a lot of free campgrounds mixed with some fee based ones also. A few are remote and some are close to towns. This is the area I spent a lot of my time visiting when creating this website.

Just northwest of Campbell River alone there are many campgrounds and lakes to choose from. Most of them are maintained and some of them are not. Recreation Sites And Trails BC maintains and collects fees from the recreation sites on the whole island including the Campbell River area.

The central zone has a larger population than the northern zone but less than the southern zone of Vancouver Island. The last population estimates from BC Stats in 2023 are 337,779k.

Central Vancouver Island is represented by 4 regional districts. Some overlap into the other regions like the Strathcona Regional District and the Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District. The other two regional districts are the Comox Valley Regional District and the Nanaimo Regional District.

The largest cities and towns in this region are: Campbell River, Comox, Courtenay, Nanaimo, Parksville, Port Alberni, Tofino and Ucluelet.

First Nations Of The Central Island

map of central vancouver island first nations traditional territory.
Central Vancouver Island First Nations Traditional Territory

The central zone of Vancouver Island is the traditional territory of the Coast Salish on the east side of the island and Nuu-cha-nulth speaking First Nations. They are comprised of the following peoples on Central Vancouver Island there are many more living on the Sunshine Coast, Lower Mainland and Washington State:

A few territories overlap in the central zone of Vancouver Island. The Kwakwa̱ka̱ʼwakw people also reside in and around Campbell River.

If any of this information regarding First Nations is inaccurate please let us know so we can make it right. We did our best to do our due diligence when researching the content and it isn’t our intention to offend or insult any First Nation peoples.

Map Of Campgrounds In Central Vancouver Island

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