Of the approximate 10,700 campsites BC Parks manages, approximately 55% are reservable, while 45% remain on a first-come, first-serve basis (FCFS).
- Reservable campsites that are not reserved also function as first-come, first-serve, for one or more nights, depending on expected arrivals.
- In higher-demand campgrounds, the proportion of reservable sites to FCFS sites increases.
- As of March 24, 2017, more than 36,000 reservations have been made through Discover Camping, with the majority of reservations (approximately 77.5%) originating from British Columbia.
- 2016 marked another record year with more than 187,000 reservations made through Discover Camping with the majority of reservations (approximately 72%) originating from British Columbia.
- Everyone is given access to the reservable campsite inventory at the same time. No one, including commercial operators, is given preferential treatment to reserve campsites, and the system does not allow block campsite reservations.
- Less than 1% of the more than 187,000 bookings in 2016, were made by commercial operators. For the most part, these companies booked short stays of two days or less, with the majority occurring Sunday through Thursday.
- Reservations are held until 11 a.m. the day after the scheduled arrival date.
- In November 2016, the Province announced significant changes to the Discover Camping Reservation Service, to enhance fair access for everyone looking to book a campsite in B.C.’s provincial parks.
- The changes, which took effect on Jan.2, 2017, include:
- Eliminating the mid-March ‘opening day’ for reservations, and extending the three-month rolling window to four months;
- New measures to prevent the reselling of reservations;
- Restrictions around altering arrival dates to prevent the practice of overbooking days around long weekends, etc.;
- Implementing a pilot project in select parks to reduce the maximum length of stay to seven days during the peak camping season, to provide more camping opportunities, and
- Expanding the Discover Camping call centre hours.
- Every year BC Parks improves the reservation service by conducting annual reviews, reviewing customer feedback and by increasing the number of campgrounds and sites on the system.
- The Discover Camping reservation system has been in place since 1996.
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