Camping Select Quality Programs

Camping Select

What is Camping Select?

“Camping Select” is a campground rating program that reflects the needs of the consumer. It provides the travelling public with a consistent and reliable rating standard that is nationally compatible and comparable.

Participation in “Camping Select” is a good business decision for owner/operators and their campers. Camping Select is an industry driven, consumer sensitive rating programs. It provides the traveling and vacationing public with a nationally consistent standard of quality within the camping sector.”

Camping Select Select star ratings indicate to the traveling and vacationing public that the property is rated using nationally consistent rating criteria. The Camping Select rating programs are described in the Canada Select Nova Scotia Guide, the Doers and Dreamers Guide, as well as on, and In Nova Scotia, the Camping Select Rating Programs is administered by industry representatives from Quality Visitor Services, a non-profit society.

How was Camping Select Developed?

The Camping Select Rating Program was developed during 1994 and 1995 in the Atlantic Provinces with the cooperation of government agencies and the campground industry. In 2000 and 2001 pilot projects were conducted in Western Canada which showed its viability for use in all regions in Canada. As a result Campgrounds • Campings Canada (CCC), the national campground organization comprised of the provincial campground associations, adopted the Camping Select Rating Program as its national rating program.

The rating program was developed from extensive consumer research combined with continued dialogue with the camping industry and is designed to meet consumer expectations at various star levels. In excess of 300 camping properties contributed to the original development program, by allowing on-site visitations. Canada’s new national program has continued to develop, and will expand to include campgrounds in all provinces across the country.

What are the benefits to the traveling and vacationing public?

Camping Select national rating standards provide consistent, reliable information to the traveling and vacationing public on what to expect from a roofed accommodation – “no surprise is the best surprise”. If you are seeking clean comfortable campgrounds without the extras, one star ratings are what you could be looking for. Two and three star properties offer a mid-range standard of campground facilities or recreation with various services and amenities. If you want campgrounds offering the greatest range of services, amenities, recreation or facilities, the four and five star campgrounds are the more appropriate choice. Higher star levels are achieved as Facilities, Services, Quality, Amenities and Recreational activities and services increase. In general, the more stars, the greater the range of facilities, services, recreation, amenities, and the higher the quality of those facilities.

Do I have to participate in Camping Select?

No – Camping Select is a voluntary program for owners / operators in Nova Scotia, who feel a national star rating is a valuable marketing tool.

What are the benefits of “Camping Select” to the Owner/Operator?

Camping Select properties receive a certificate, decal, outdoor signage and exclusive use of Camping Select logos / stars to incorporate into marketing materials such as brochures, display advertising and websites. A premium listing on (detailed listing, unlimited photographs, direct links to websites, email, booking engine, property icons, social media, etc…) is also included.

Extensive Advertising and Promotional campaigns inform consumers of the “Camping Select” program. Star ratings are published, with the operators consent, in provincial tourism literature, providing participating properties international and domestic exposure as preferred properties.

  • Fosters general industry improvement
  • Evaluation and rating of properties ensures minimum standards and stimulates improvements. Each participant receives a comprehensive Establishment Maintenance Report outlining concerns relating to cleanliness and state of repair. Inspections are conducted by nationally certified Senior Rating Advisors.
  • Provides an effective management tool
  • By thoroughly evaluating cleanliness and state of repair, the Camping Select evaluations allow owners / operators to use the outcome of the evaluation as a management tool to train and educate staff.
  • Prerequisite for Camping Select Rating
  • Each property wishing to participate with the Camping Select Accommodation Rating Programs must comply with all municipal, provincial and federal regulations. Cleanliness and state of repair are important aspects of the rating program. The rating advisors conduct thorough evaluations in these areas. An allowance for deficiencies in cleanliness and state of repair is built into the evaluation. Properties which exceed this allowance automatically become unrateable until the deficiencies have been addressed.

How can I participate in Camping Select?

Contact Quality Visitor Services and we would be happy to arrange for a rating evaluation. A rating advisor will visit your property, explain the criteria and conduct the evaluation.

How often is a property inspected?

Quality Visitor Services conducts property inspections on a bienial basis, provided the property has no infractions or complaints. Inspections are carried out unannounced, at any time during the season of operation.

How do I upgrade my rating?

Upon completion of the evaluation, the rating advisor prepares an establishment report outlining the star rating, which will be sent out to the owner / operator. If requested, the rating advisor reviews the evaluation, determines the services, amenities, or improvements in quality the owner / operator could make to reach the next star level, and provides the owner / operator with a written upgrade report. The rating report is available upon request and is not automatically prepared. Information contained in any inspection report is confidential and is available only to the owner / operator. Please contact Quality Visitor Services to discuss consultative services, including rating reports, upgrade reports, plan reviews or on-site preliminary visits. A fee may apply.

Who Conducts the Evaluation?

There are professional, extensively trained and nationally certified Rating Advisors employed to conduct the evaluations. The National Occupation Standard for Rating Advisors has been developed in conjunction with the Canadian Tourism Human Resource Council and is used as the basis for training programs. The certification process – including written examinations, work assessments and audits, is available on a national basis.

Once a property has been categorized it is evaluated for physical quality of the property, content of facilities, services and amenities provided. All properties, regardless of their star level, must also meet stringent cleanliness and state of repair guidelines.

How are Campgrounds Rated?

Campgrounds are evaluated by measuring the extent of the following items, areas, and services:

Facilities & Services

Facilities: Entrance – Store – Rest Rooms – Roadway/Grounds – Sewage disposal – Hookups (electrical, water, and sewerage) – Sites.

Services: Security – Registration – Laundry – Food or Beverage – Firewood.

Quality: The quality of the construction of the buildings, equipment, or amenities for use by the consumer while on-site.


Water activities (pool, beach, wading pool, slides, etc.) – Recreation activities (tennis, horseback riding, golf, horseshoes, fishing, play areas, games, motorized activities, etc.) – Recreation – Recreation buildings, games room, recreational programming.

How much does participation in the program cost?

Please contact us to find out more about the Camping Select Rating Program, or fill out the application here.