There’s something special about cooking out over a campfire. Maybe it’s the smoky flavour that the food takes on or the fact that it feels like a real adventure. Whatever the reason, there’s no denying that a campfire cookout is a great way to spend time with your family. And if you’re lucky enough to live in Vancouver, you’ve got some great options for where to have one.

Campfire cookouts are a great way to pry the kids away from the screen for a while, to get outside and spend some time together with friends or family, and to eat deliciously healthy, or deliciously unhealthy, food. Whatever your motivation, we encourage you to try a campfire cookout. Evenings spent roasting hotdogs and marshmallows and running around with cousins, friends or siblings are childhood memories that can last a lifetime.

Now you may be asking, “Where can I have a fire near me?” There are strict rules preventing open fires within the metro Vancouver area. These rules exist to keep people and public parklands safe and carry heavy penalties if broken. Gas burning portable barbeques designed specifically for cooking are allowed in most parks. But if you want a real campfire, you can legally do so at select Metro Vancouver Regional Parks. Below is a list of legal Vancouver fire pits where you and your family can enjoy a good old-fashioned campfire cookout! Please read the safe fire practices and booking information from Metro Vancouver at the end of this article and remember that day-use sites are first-come-first-served, but are also available for booking.

Here’s a list of where to have a campfire in Vancouver!

Fraser Valley

Aldergrove Regional Park – Langley, BC

Where to have a campfire in Vancouver aldergrove regional park

Photo Credit: Metro Vancouver Regional Parks

Aldergrove Regional Park straddles the Langley/Abbotsford border. This large park is popular for horseback riding and short family-friendly hikes. Aldergrove Bowl, an old gravel pit, has been reclaimed with a picnic area, trails and marshlands. Exploring one of the many trails with the kids is a great activity before starting your cookout. There is a fire ring at the Blacktail Picnic Shelter, in the northwest corner of the park that can be used on a first-come-first-served basis if it is available.

Firepits: 1 day-use (first-come-first-served) fire ring at the Blacktail Picnic Shelter
Municipality: Langley/Abbotsford

Brae Island Regional Park – Fort Langley, BC

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Brae Island Regional Park is situated on an island in the Fraser River. The island is easily accessed by a short bridge from Fort Langley. Pre-booking is required to use the single fire ring located at the events site. Additionally, each of the 156 campsites and lone group camping site have fire rings for use, though booking is required. While the island has a short network of trails, it is the sandy beach located on a slow-moving side-arm of the Fraser River that attracts most visitors. Kayaking and cooling off in the water are popular activities at the beach. A short stroll across the bridge will lead you to all the amenities Fort Langley has to offer.

Firepits: 1 fire ring at the events site (booking required); 156 fire rings in the campground (booking required); 1 fire ring at the group campsite (booking required)
Municipality: Township of Langley

Campbell Valley Regional Park – Langley, BC

covered picnic area at campbell valley regional park Where to have a campfire in Vancouver

Photo Credit: Metro Vancouver Regional Parks

Campbell Valley Regional Park is located in south Langley and is bisected by the Little Campbell River. With 23 kilometres of hiking, biking, and horse-riding trails, the park offers a great place to get out and explore this unique river valley landscape. Accessed off of 8 Avenue, the Old Orchard picnic area in the southwest corner of the park has a fire ring available on a first-come-first-served basis. For a fun family activity, check out the nearby Campbell Valley Nature House, a beautiful red barn turned education centre and the surrounding Rowlatt Farmstead.

Firepits: 1 day-use fire ring at Old Orchard picnic area; 1 fire ring at Camp Coyote Group Camp (booking required)
Municipality: Township of Langley

Derby Reach Regional Park – Langley, BC

communal fire pit and picnic area at derby reach

Photo Credit: Metro Vancouver Regional Parks

Derby Reach Regional Park, on the banks of the Fraser River, is a favourite riverside camp cookout spot for many families in the Langley area. It offers a large number of firepits, especially during the off-season when the campsites are not fully booked. The Trans Canada Trail and the Canyon to Coast Trail run through the park. A ride along the Edge Farm Trail or, if you want a longer ride, the Fort to Fort Trail or Houston Trail, is a great way to spend some time before dinner and sitting around a Derby Reach fire pit.

Firepits: 38 fire rings in the campground (booking required, though they are accessible on a first-come-first-served basis if facilities are not booked); 3 day-use fire rings in the Edge Picnic shelter; 1 day-use fire ring in the main picnic area; 1 fire ring at the Marpole picnic shelter.
Municipality: Township of Langley

Tri-Cities

təmtəmíxʷtən/Belcarra Regional Park – Port Moody, BC

covered shelter at belcarra regional park

Photo Credit: Metro Vancouver Regional Parks

təmtəmíxʷtən/Belcarra Regional Park sits on the eastern shore of Burrard Inlet. This park offers oceanside beaches, a large pier, swimming and fishing at Sasamat Lake, and over 22 kilometres of hiking trails. There is so much to explore here, but we recommend the 5km (return) hike to Admiralty Point before settling into your cookout. There is a first-come-first-served fire ring and two picnic shelters available at the Belcarra Picnic Area unless already reserved.

Firepits: 1 day-use (first-come-first-served) fire ring at the Belcarra Picnic Area
Municipality: Belcarra/Port Moody

Delta

Boundary Bay Regional Park -Tsawassen, BC

sunny beach at boundary bay regional park Where to have a campfire in Vancouver

Photo Credit: Metro Vancouver Regional Parks

Boundary Bay Regional Park is your best bet for a beachside campfire cookout. Check out the Centennial Beach fire pits, there are four fire rings are available, near the southern end of the park. For bird watchers, hiking along the 12 Ave Dyke Trail can be rewarding, as this park is known for the thousands of migratory birds that stop to rest here on their route along the Pacific Flyway. Oh, and if your campfire cookout crashes for some reason, there is a beachside café available during the summer months.

Firepits: 4 day-use fire rings at Centennial Beach
Municipality: Delta

Deas Island Regional Park – Delta, BC

deas island picnic area with covered shelter

Photo Credit: Metro Vancouver Regional Parks

Just north of Highway 99, near the George Massey tunnel, Deas Island Regional Park is another Fraser River island park. A single fire ring is available at the Fisher’s Field picnic shelter. Additionally, a booking required fire ring is available at the Muskrat Meadow Campground. A number of short trails wander throughout the small island. This park, along with other Metro Vancouver Parks, offers some unique nature program activities, be sure to take a peek at their Regional Parks Nature Program webpage for more info.

Firepits: 1 day-use fire ring at Fisher’s Field; 1 fire ring at Muskrat Meadow Campground (booking required)
Municipality: Delta

Campfire in Vancouver FAQs

Where can you have a fire on the beach?

Many often ask “Which beaches allow bonfires?” Unless there are designated fire pits (like at Centennial Beach in Tsawassen) there are no beaches in the Lower Mainland where you can legally have an open campfire. 

Can you have a contained fire in your backyard?

Each municipality/city has their own rules and regulations regarding open burning. We suggest you get in touch with your local government office/website before burning in your backyard.

Is there a burning ban?

Depending on the time of year, there may be a burning ban in place. It is best to check the BC Government website before you have a fire so you know if the region you are in has a current fire ban.

Can you have campfires in BC?

Most campgrounds, both provincial and private, allow campfires in designated fire pits only. Provincial campground fire bans and safety regulations can be found on the BC Parks website.

Additional Information from Metro Vancouver

Please follow smart burning guidelines at our fire rings:

  • Use only bundled firewood (don’t burn forest wood, waste wood, garbage or anything else)
  • Stay with the fire at all times
  • Extinguish the fire completely before leaving

Metro Vancouver may close fire pits if there are air quality concerns or if the park is in high or extreme wildfire danger rating. Visitors are encouraged to search “fire rating” at www.metrovancouver.org to check conditions before they arrive to see if the fire pit is open or not.

To book any of the bookable campsites, picnic areas and picnic shelters, visit their reservable facilities webpage or call 604-432-6352.

Is this a sponsored post?: No! We love to be able to get outside with our family and friends to have a good old fashioned hot dog roast and wanted to share where other families can do the same!

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