free camping and offroad camping in BC with help from Maple Overland

The most given answer sounds like “Overlanding is vehicle-based, on-road and off-road, self-reliance adventure travel, exploration and where the enjoyment of the journey is the principal goal.” 

To us, overlanding means driving the roads less travelled and searching for remote camp spots, building campfires, sleeping in a roof top tent underneath the stars, meeting inspiring like-minded people and locals, and discovering stunning outdoor locations that most travelers don’t even know they exist. 

Overlanding in British Columbia is a great way to explore its great wilderness which consists of over 60.000 kilometers of unpaved forest service roads (backroads) that lead to many hidden gems in our massive backcountry. (For your reference, the size of British Columbia is almost the size of France and Spain together.) 

You’ll enjoy the untouched wilderness, see world class wildlife, bath in natural hot springs, camp on remote spots, and may choose to spend the night on far-off recreational sites where you won’t find any amenities. These spots are far more adventurous to stay on than traditional campgrounds, and are abundant in our Province.

The Skylynx bus service is the best way to travel from Vancouver International Airport (YVR) to Squamish. Their modern buses come with free Wi-Fi, on-board charging points, and full-service washrooms. The Skylynx bus service operates daily and the trip from the airport to Squamish takes about two hours. This provides plenty of time to enjoy the breathtaking scenery along the Sea-to-Sky Highway.

The quickest way to get from Squamish to Whistler is to take a taxi. One of the local taxi company is Squamish Taxi. Contact Squamish Taxi for their fares and booking.

Yes you can. On your day of pick-up, we will explain you everything about the vehicle and gear. You’ll get used to driving a Jeep in no time. Also, you can make your journey as adventurous as you like. There are great options to explore British Columbia in one of our vehicles for inexperienced as well as experienced ‘overlanders’.

Can I camp everywhere in the nature of British Columbia?

Wild camping (also known as ‘remote camping’ and ‘boondocking’) is allowed in British Columbia where it is not prohibited. That means you need to check on what kind of land you’re planning to spend the night and just always respect signage that says camping is prohibited. Essentially you’re not allowed to go wild camping on:

  • private land (unless you ask and get permission from the land owner), 
  • native land
  • and in provincial parks.

On ‘Crown Land’, land that is not privately owned and doesn’t fall in the categories above, wild camping is generally allowed. We know it’s sometimes hard to see if a piece of land is private land. So when in doubt, just always ask a local. 

If you would like to camp on a beautiful place which is part of private land or native land, always ask the property owner for permission in advance. 

Due to insurance requirements, all drivers of our vehicles must be 25 years of age or older. Drivers can not take Maple Overland vehicles out of Canada. Driving our vehicles on maintained dirt roads, gravel roads, and other backroads (FSR, Forest Service Roads) is allowed provided they are not private property and there are not prohibitive access notices.

Drivers are required to have a valid driver’s license at the time of the rental. If the drivers license is not in English then an international drivers license is required.

Rental insurance is mandatory when renting a vehicle of Maple Overland. The basic insurance (which is included in the price) comes with minimum third party liability and comprehensive insurance for fire, theft, vandalism. 

Basic rental insurance is included. 

  • 24/7 support
  • roadside assistance
  • third party liability up to $500,000 only
  • deductible for damages $2,500)

Optional you can choose to add Windshield and Tire insurance coverage or to upgrade your basic insurance to 

Peace of Mind insurance coverage

  • 24/7 support,
  • roadside assistance
  • third party liability up to $2,000,000
  • tire and windshield coverage
  • deductible for vehicle damages $500

Your total amount for insurance will be calculated during the booking process.

Each rental requires a damage deposit of $2,500 or $500 depending on your chosen insurance (basic or peace of mind insurance). A credit card is required at the time of vehicle pick-up to perform this transaction and it will be taken in the form of a pre-authorization. It is the Customer’s responsibility to ensure that their credit limit will accept this size of pre-authorization. Without authorisation, we cannot hand over the car keys.

At the time of your booking 50% will be collected and the remaining 50% needs to be paid 45 days before the pick-up day. If the booking is within 45 days the remaining 50% needs to be paid within 5 business days.

There is a minimum of one-night non-refundable deposit for cancellations up to 60 prior the pick-up date. There are no refunds for cancellations made less than 14 days prior to arrival. This includes all “No Shows” and “Early Departures”. All cancellations must be submitted by email to Maple Overland.

  • Cancellation up to 60 days prior to the pick-up date a full refund of the deposit will be made, minus one-night non-refundable deposit and any credit card and/or online payment processing fees. 
  • Cancellations within 60 days of pick-up will be charged 50% of the total invoiced amount. 
  • Cancellations within 30 days will be charged 75% of the total invoiced amount. 
  • If cancelled within 14 days of pick-up or the driver is a no show then 100% of the rental cost will apply. 

Pick up and drop off days are Thursdays and Mondays only, except in the month of October 2023. October pick up and drop off days, are all days of the week. Unless otherwise agreed, vehicles can be picked up between 2:00 – 5:00 pm. Vehicles must be returned between 8:00 – 10:00 am. There is a $50 charge per hour, or part thereof that the vehicle is later returned. No refunds are provided for late pick-ups or early drop-offs.

Please give us a call if you’re worried about getting your vehicle on time, we will help you the best we can.

Yes, we can deliver the Jeep depending on how busy it is and the requested time. Please contact us ahead of time and let us know your request for a vehicle pick-up in Vancouver. 

We will deliver the Jeep for an additional fee. Drop-offs are only in Squamish.

Each vehicle includes 200 free km’s per night. This is calculated over the duration of the rental. An additional 100 km/night package may be purchased for $25/day prior to departure. Or packages of 100 extra km’s may be purchased for $35 each. Overages are charged at $0.45 per km. 

For example, if you book for 7 nights then you would receive a 1,400 kilometers allowance. If afterwards the allowance appears to be exceeded, the additional kilometers will be charged at $0.45/km unless additional km’s are purchased prior to vehicle pick up. There is no refund offered for unused kilometers. 

Our fully equipped Jeeps can seat up to 3 adults, or 2 adults and 2 children (up to age 16). With more than 3 adults, or a larger family the vehicle would exceed the maximum allowed weight (passengers + gear +luggage). This is why we advise larger groups to rent an extra Jeep, or to add the off road trailer to their booking. Also, we carefully selected the camping gear and other equipment in order to provide you a great outdoor experience, but also to pack it away efficiently.

No. Unfortunately Maple Overland does not allow animals in the Jeeps or roof top tents.