Camping continues to increase in popularity, so campers are encouraged to plan ahead and make reservations with BC Parks early. Sites start to fill as summer approaches, particularly around long weekends.
- As of April 30, 2018, BC Parks had nearly 100,000 reservations made through the Discover Camping reservation service, with the majority of reservations originating from within B.C.
- While reservations are up 13% over last year, enhancements made to Discover Camping in 2017 are providing access to everyone interested in camping, and giving people more time and opportunity to secure BC Parks reservations.
- By eliminating “opening day” and extending the rolling reservation window to four months in advance of an arrival date, there has been a 5% decrease in people making their reservations on the first available booking date.
- To prevent reservations being re-sold, adjustments were also made so that names of permit holders could not be changed. In 2017, there were only two reports of attempted re-selling of sites, and no reports of this activity in 2018.
- By adjusting booking policies, BC Parks has eliminated the practice of overbooking. Some campers would overbook, and then cancel unwanted days to secure long weekends and other prime-seasonal periods.
- To keep B.C.’s parks system accessible and affordable, government froze camping fees for 2018.
- Of the approximate 10,700 campsites BC Parks manages, approximately 55% are reservable, and 45% remain available on a first-come, first-served basis.
- The Province is investing up to $22.9 million to add more than 1,900 campsites over five years. More than 800 of the new sites will be in provincial parks, and more than 1,000 will be in recreation sites.
- In 2017, 350 new campsites were added in BC Parks and recreation sites.
- This year, more than 400 new sites will be added to 10 parks and 12 recreation sites in regions that have the greatest demand — the Kootenay Rockies, Thompson Okanagan, Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island.
- BC Parks manages the third-largest parks system in North America, behind the United States National Park Service and Parks Canada. The province’s provincial parks receive more than 23 million visits each year.
- In B.C., there are 1,033 provincial parks, recreation areas, conservancies, ecological reserves and protected areas, covering more than 14 million hectares, or approximately 14.4% of the provincial land base.
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