Vehicles are permitted to park in theme camps with approval and placement of your theme camp lead. Vehicles should be placed towards the back of your camp allowing for front access interaction with the community. Theme camps should look like theme camps not parking lots! You will be asked to move vehicles that are an eyesore or obstruction.
RVS, Trailers, Buses, Camper Vans, etc
- If you are planning on camping in your vehicle but are not with a Theme Camp, please fill out this form here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeHvv-Fqjnid4eIIHBSmkYpWtv0jeVTOBdqRmNkjIs18nz7_A/viewform?usp=sf_link
- All vehicles over 7 meters (25 feet) that are NOT placed in a Theme Camp will be asked to camp in the RV Camping Lot.
- All other camper vehicles that are NOT placed in a Theme Camp (i.e. vans, tent trailers, etc) are permitted anywhere within the Open, Family and Quiet Camping area, provided they have filled out the form above.
- Tow vehicles for any kind of camping trailer – 5th wheels, regular trailer, as well as tent trailers: you will need to drive your vehicle to the Parking Lot once you unhitch.
- Vehicles with generators or other loud equipment will be asked to camp in the RV Camping Lot
- RV & Tent groups: if you are in an RV and you want to cluster with other RVs or with people in tents, please indicate this on your form to ensure that the Parking Team knows . This will ensure that Onsite Placement is aware of your group’s needs in the open camping area and can direct you accordingly upon arrival.
- If you have any direct questions about any of this, please email [email protected]
Tent Camping in Open, Family and Quiet Areas :
- This year all vehicles MUST park in the parking area unless you plan on camping in your vehicle, at which case you need to fill out this form by July 4th 2019: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeHvv-Fqjnid4eIIHBSmkYpWtv0jeVTOBdqRmNkjIs18nz7_A/viewform?usp=sf_link
- You have 15 minutes to drop off your belongings at your campsite. You will then need to drive your vehicle to the Parking Lot. Personal camp set up is only permitted AFTER vehicle is parked.
- PULL OVER WHEN OFF LOADING, remember there are others using the road too.
- Any questions related to parking, contact [email protected]
From Valerie, Kernby, Arlene, & Shane
BitF Parking Leads
Description of the Grounds
THE SITE IS BEAUTIFUL
Honestly, it’s a real gem, and we owe a lot to the people who found it. See the collage below from fellow burner Jaap Suter, taken during site prep. This place has all the potential to host an incredibly special Burn in the Forest, and it’ll be 100% up to us to make this happen.
THE SITE HAS A HILL
The area marked in red (on aerial in center of collage) is a steep hill, and it’s not your grandma’s molehill. We’re talking Grouse Grind level hiking here. Okay, well… maybe not that bad. But it’s the defining terrain feature that will affect your day’s planning more than anything.
The usefulness of bicycles will be limited due to the hilly terrain. At best you’re likely to leave your bike predominantly on either the upper or lower levels. (In particular, look at photos 14, 17, 18, and 20 below.) Even if you’ve got mad mountain biking chops, it would still be reckless to bomber down those relatively narrow trails when groups of burners are trying to make their way up the hill.
Parents, take note; these trails are not stroller/wagon friendly. The middle one is doable if you’re brave, but you may have to resort to taking the longer round-about way near the bottom of the map (which is more like a road, but still steep in one spot). Prepare for having to manage your kids up and down the hill.
THE SITE GETS COLD AT NIGHT
Unlike camping at Fraser River at the previous site, temperatures in the mountains change more from day to evening, with much cooler temperatures at night. Be prepared for low singles in Celsius at night; bring warm costumes and sleeping bags. To quote Jaap:
· “On Saturday night the temperature dropped to 0 degrees Celsius, and having brought only my summer sleeping bag, I ended up sleeping with a hat on, gloves, and jeans over my long johns. Around 3 am, I lay awake for about 45 minutes, deciding how badly I had to get out of my sleeping bag to do a pee outside. Then, when 8 am rolled around, and the sun hit my tent, I found myself taking it all off and sleeping naked given how hot it was now.”
The site is at 1400 meters above sea level, and we’re well into the interior. Treat it like a desert climate. The nights can be very cold, and the days very hot.
THE SITE IS WINDY
That is to say, the upper levels get windy. If that’s where your tent is, bring stakes, and nail it down to the ground. The wind is more of a breeze on the lower level; upper level has considerable wind, with the kind of gusts that cause your neighbour’s tent to land on top of yours.
THE SITE DEMANDS SELF-RELIANCE.
We’re further from civilization. You will need to bring in your own drinking water and manage your own grey water. There’s very limited cellphone coverage. It’s windy, it’s cold, and did we mention there’s a large hill smack dab in the middle of the site?
Photo credit: Jaap Suter