The District of Squamish’s council is examining the potential for a new bylaw that stipulates fees for those who camp in areas that are off limits (like that pictured here) — otherwise known as wild camping. [Michael Guite/Unsplash]Some districts in the province of B.C. are grappling with how to deal with increasing numbers of campers while trying to discourage them from camping in violation of local bylaws.The District of Squamish’s council is examining the potential for a new bylaw that stipulates fees for those who camp in areas that are off limits — otherwise known as wild camping — for those who camp on restricted Crown land and forest service roads. Council raised the subject at an earlier meeting this month.B.C.’s Land Act stipulates that remote camping is permitted for up to 14 days on Crown land. But increasing numbers of campers — many of whom live in campers or vans because rental accommodation is so tight in both Squamish and Whistler — are cause for concern for the district, which is trying to mitigate the issues of waste management and any conflicts with local residents.Squamish is enjoying an unprecedented popularity as outdoor enthusiasts arrive to explore the recreational options of this veritable playground. The District council is looking at restricting wild camping to two areas: one area that is nine kilometres along a popular forest service road, and another area near Alice Lake Provincial Park, which is north of Squamish.The proposed bylaw would empower enforcement officers to levy fines on those caught camping in restricted areas to the tune of several hundred dollars.Such restrictions — if passed by council — would be similar to those of Whistler, which currently prohibits any camping within the municipality other than in four designated areas: Riverside RV Resort; the Cal-cheak Recreation Site; Whistler RV Park and Campground; and Nairn Falls, between Whistler and Pemberton. Whistler currently fines illegal campers $100 per night.• Meanwhile on Vancouver Island, Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park, for which campsites can be reserved starting May 1, was packed on the Easter weekend. Campers were astonished that all the sites were occupied and noted this was the earliest of the season that they’d seen this happen at the popular beach.