From pristine provincial parks to secluded campgrounds, from roughing it in the bush to glamping in a yurt, British Columbia is a perfect province for camping, RVing, and living the van life.
The Vancouver Archives has a host of vintage camping photographs from the 1800s and early 20th century, and aside from the tents and a campfire, it is difficult to tell what exactly they got up to, and what their idea of a good time while camping was.
In some of the pictures, a musical instrument is displayed prominently, which is a nice thought, singing and playing music in the great outdoors. Others are perhaps creating, and hoping for inspiration.
Without the modern iconography of camping, beer, sleeping bags, and marshmallows, it’s harder to discern the campers for leisure from the campers using tents as a more permanent shelter. These days it’s also common to find tents in public parks.
What ever their reason for camping, it seems that we’ve always been drawn to the lure of getting out of our homes once in a while, and out from under a confining roof, to get some fresh air, find ourselves alone in nature, and sleep under the stars.