Campground reservation system has been tightened up and more spaces are being added to meet demand.

New spaces part of BC Parks overhaul

Reservation system changes, additional park rangers start this summer to protect parks and meet demand

The B.C. government is rolling out the next phase of its campground expansion plan, to meet a target of 1,900 spaces over five years set by Premier Christy Clark last November.

Increased tourism and demand on BC Parks’ online reservation system have also led to booking changes for provincial parks that are booked up during popular periods. Bookings opened in January this year, eliminating the mid-March “opening day” that resulted in over-bookings and cancellations used to target holiday weekends.

A new policy to prevent reselling and transferring campground reservations also took effect in January, requiring original permit holders to be present during the stay too keep the reservation valid. Reservations were extended to Skagit Valley, Mount Robson and three campgrounds in Garibaldi Park during peak season, and more sites at Golden Ears Park were made reservable for this year.

The reservation charge remains at $6 plus tax per night, with a maximum of $18 for three or more nights. Camping fees were increased across the province in 2015, with increases of $2 to $5 per night bringing the charge for the most popular parks up to $35 a night for up to four adults.

The charge for backcountry camping and use of sani-stations was held at $5, and there has been no return to parking fees at day-use areas. BC Parks signature licence plates went on sale this year and more than 10,000 have been sold.

An additional 25 full-time park rangers are being funded in the parks budget starting this year, along with the first endowment to a new BC Parks Foundation, intended to “generate private revenue,” according to a statement released in February.

 

Just Posted

Burns Lake residents safely escape fire

A Burns Lake mother and her four children were able to safely… Continue reading

New Hazelton attempted murder charge

New Hazelton RCMP arrested Ronald Fowler, 60. Alleged incident appears to have happened in Two Mile.

John Rustad: long waits for medevac unacceptable

The MLA wants a review of B.C.’s air ambulance service

Larger buses planned for Hwy. 16 bus system

A third pass-up due to a full bus was recently reported

‘Concerned’ locals at council meeting

Staff turnover, council’s handling of CAO’s absence among concerns

Packed house to see Alaria’s Fiddle in Burns Lake

A Smithers-based group called the Valley Youth Fiddlers delivered a powerful performance… Continue reading

Man in custody linked police search near Salmon Arm

Police have not connected arrest to search at Salmon River Road property

B.C. search groups mobilize for missing mushroom picker

Searchers from across the province look for Frances Brown who has been missing since Oct. 14.

Search for missing B.C. man a race against winter weather

David Jeff of Williams Lake was last seen in Kamloops during the chaotic wildfire evacuations

Man steals police car, goes for a ‘slow’ ride

Mission RCMP say the motive of the theft is unknown

Dodgers punch ticket to World Series

This will be the first time the Los Angles Dodgers have made it to the World Series since 1988.

Surf group winning the war on plastic bags

The Tofino Co-op will no longer provide plastic bags, following in the footsteps of the Ucluelet location that already made the change earlier this year.

All three victims identified in Fernie arena ammonia leak

Wayne Hornquist and Lloyd Smith were from Fernie and Jason Podloski from Turner Valley, Alta

B.C. woman plagued by bedbugs on airplane not surprising, says expert

Heather Szilagyi was on a British Airways flight when she noticed bedbugs crawling out of the seat

Most Read