First of all, you should know that campgrounds have to be classified by Camping Québec to meet government regulations.
In addition, campgrounds have to comply with a number of acts and regulations, including:
Here are two important steps before you invest your time and money:
- Check with the municipality whether zoning allows you to operate a campground on the site in question.
- Check environmental standards concerning wastewater treatment. Can your campground be hooked up to the municipal sewer system? (This is the cheapest way to dispose of wastewater.)
If not, you will have to install your own wastewater treatment system. To estimate the cost involved, you will need to consider the number of campsites planned, theoretical volumes (340 l/day/serviced site, and 190 l/day/unserviced site) and leakage. According to the Environment Quality Act, your plans and specifications must be drawn up by an engineer, and authorized by the regional branch of the ministère du Développement durable, de l'Environnement, de la Faune et des Parcs (MDDEFP).
Start by drawing up a well-defined business plan. That will give you the chance to become familiar with the industry and conditions affecting your future business.
Then plan the layout of your campground, with the help of an advisor. If you prefer to plan the layout of your campground yourself or would simply like to read up on the subject, the Guide de gestion de l'exploitant de camping has a complete chapter on campground layout.