Public Access to Crown Land

Public Access to Crown Land


Please note that in support of the efforts to reduce the rate of spread of the COVID-19 virus in British Columbia the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development has rescinded the permission for persons to be on Crown land throughout the Province of British Columbia for the purpose of organized events that exceed of the participant limit set out in the Mass Gathering Order, as revised, amended, extended or replaced by the Public Heath Officer. This rescission will remain in effect until the earliest of the cancellation of the Mass Gathering Order or  December 31, 2020.

The Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations, and Rural Development (FLNRORD) has identified several short-term, low-impact activities the public can undertake on Crown land, which may not require a specific Authorization or payment of a fee or rent under the Land Act.

The activities are identified in the Land Use Policy - Permission and this policy applies to all Crown lands managed by FLNRORD on behalf of the Province of British Columbia. The policy creates a “Permission” to use Crown Land, which carries with it the explicit responsibility of each user of Crown land. This Permission also allows users to undertake activities in accordance with the conditions in Section 6 of the policy and to understand the risks associated with such activities.

NOTE: There are activities or areas where Permissions are not applicable. To determine if your activity or use is permitted please refer to Sections 1 and 6 of the Land Use Policy - Permission.

Below are important excerpts from the policy. Please refer to the policy itself for full details:


A permission authorizes a person to enter, traverse over or be present upon Crown land. A Permission does not convey rights to the land. (Section 6.1)

Appropriate Use

The Permission requires the public to abide by the following conditions (Section 6.2.2):

  • Activities are undertaken in a safe and healthy manner;
  • No permanent structures or buildings are allowed on the land;
  • Campfires are undertaken in a safe manner as per the FLNRO "Guide to Campfires and Outdoor Stoves”;
  • Activities must be undertaken in a manner which respects the environment and wildlife; and
  • The enjoyment of other Crown land users is respected.

Activities Authorized Under the Permission (Section 6.2.3)

1. Transitory Activities (Section

  • Biking
  • Bird watching
  • Boating
  • Caving
  • Filming/photography
  • Hiking
  • Horseback riding
  • Motorcycling
  • Rock climbing
  • Skiing
  • Snowmobiling
  • Swimming
  • Use of off-road vehicles
  • Other similar activities
  • See policy for information on hunting, fishing and fossil collecting

2. Camping on Crown Land (Section

  • Any person may camp on Crown land for up to 14 consecutive calendar days.

3. Investigative Activities (Section

  • Any person may use Crown land for data collection and investigative activities, including:
  • Investigations in/over water
  • Non-mechanized soil sampling
  • Stream gauges
  • Wildlife and habitat inventories
  • Weather stations
  • Other similar activities

4. Aggregate Testing (Section

  • Refer to the policy for criteria.

5. Organized Events (Section

  • Non-Commercial groups may use Crown land to undertake an Organized Event. Refer to the policy for criteria.


To find out more about what is possible under the Land Use Policy - Permission please read it in more detail, or check out the Crown Land Uses website for additional information.


For more information about specific uses of Crown Land, such as Adventure Tourism or Commercial Recreation, more information is available on the Crown Land Policies page.


Visit our Natural Resource Online Services website to find more information on different natural resources activities and authorizations.


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