Camping Industry

Opening a new campground

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Here are some 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 and the drinking water distribution system. Can your campground be hooked up to the municipal sewer system and/or to the municipal drinking water distribution system? If not, you will have to install your own wastewater treatment system and drinking water distribution 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 et de la Lutte contre les changements climatiques (MDDELCC).

Many laws and regulations apply to the operation of a campground

Note that this list is not exhaustive.

First, you should know that campgrounds are required to be classified under the Act respecting tourist accommodation establishmentsCamping Québec is the body recognized by the minister of Tourism to establish the classification of campgrounds. 

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