Reservations at BC Parks strong despite slow start to summer

Parks visits solid

  • Sep. 13, 2011 6:00 p.m.

Ministry of Environment

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Overall, at 93,465 reservations to date, camping reservations in provincial parks are up eight per cent over last year, and up an impressive 48 per cent for the week of Aug. 22-28, 2011.

All BC Parks campgrounds were open over the Labour Day weekend. Many are open through September – so it’s not too late to reserve your spot in one of B.C.’s world-class provincial parks.

Dates of operation are on a park-by-park basis and depend on factors such as climate and demand.

“It’s great to see that camping reservations are strong. Our parks staff do a wonderful job of looking after the provincial parks for the nearly 20 million people who visit each year, and this centennial year has been exceptional. So, come on out and enjoy B.C.’s parks, and please remember to be safe,” Environment Minister Terry Lake said.

If you plan to go camping in the next few weeks, please check the Ministry of Environment’s website for campfire bans and closures. During times of high fire risk, be prepared. It is recommended that you always carry a portable stove for cooking.

This year marks the 100th anniversary of BC Parks.

Events honouring 100 years of conservation and recreation are being held all throughout the province from the snowy peak of Mount Robson to the tidal pools of Haida , and everywhere in between.

Parking fees were eliminated from B.C.’s provincial parks on May 3, 2011, to help make parks more accessible and inviting to families. BC Parks provided $450,000 to community groups through the Community Legacy Fund to support improvements to 27 parks across the province. With 13.6 per cent of the province set aside as parks and protected areas (1,000 in total), B.C. has the second-largest park system in Canada – second only to the national park system.