Changes to Camping Reservation Service Kick in Today
prince George, B.C.- It may be chilly, but today’s the day revisions to the camping reservation system in B.C. take effect.
The changes mean the mid-March “opening day” for reservations is gone, and replaced with a four month advance window for booking a site. For example, a reservation today could only be made for arrival date on or before May 2nd.
The changes also include:
- moves to prevent the reselling of camping reservations. As of today, customers will be required to provide one or two permit holder names that cannot be changed at a later date. At least one of the permit holders must be present during the stay and identification may be required to keep the reservation valid.
- restricting altering arrival dates in an effort to prevent overbooking days around long weekends.
- implementing a pilot project in 5 parks to reduce the maximum length of stay to 7 days (used to be 14) during the peak camping season (June 15 to Labour Day inclusive). Provincial campgrounds included in this pilot project are: Martha Creek (near Revelstoke), Mount Fernie (near Fernie), Porteau Cove (near Vancouver), Loveland Bay (near Campbell River) and Ellison (near Vernon).
There are about 10,700 campsites in BC Parks, of which 55% can be reserved, while the balance are offered on a first come first serve basis.