Reservations for Summer 2019 camping in Alberta are now open

Feb 4 2019, 6:21 pm

It might literally feel like -40°C in Calgary right now, but that doesn’t mean we can’t set our sights on brighter skies and warmer days.

Anyone who enjoys having those beautiful Rocky Mountains in their own backyard will want to get onto the Alberta Parks website as soon as possible, as reservations are now open for summer camping at the prime spots around the province.

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Group camping reservations opened at 9 am on the morning of Monday, February 4. Comfort camping reservations won’t become available until 9 am on February 11, and individual campsites for May long weekend won’t be booked until February 19.

 

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When those hot spots do open up for May long, the regions will be staggered to protect the website from crashing. Here’s the schedule for February 19, according to a release from the Province of Alberta:

  • South region at 9 am
  • Kananaskis Country at 11 am
  • Central region at 1 pm
  • Northwest/east regions at 3 pm

 

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2019 will be the first year to see Kananaskis backcountry camping reservations, which will open at 9 am on February 25.

“Albertans continue to flock to our online reservation system with their sights set on connecting with the great outdoors and evenings relaxing around the campfire,” said Minister of Environment and Parks Shannon Phillips, in the release.

“This year, we’re pleased to expand our reservation offering to include Alberta’s magnificent backcountry.”

 

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A total of 164,101 individual campsites were processed in 2018, according to the release, along with 3,638 comfort camping units.

The tally set a new record, beating 2017’s 163,780 reservations.

The province will be investing $38 million in upgrades and expansions for provincial parks around Alberta, including improved access for people with disabilities, better boat launches, and maintenance to amenities like fire pits, washrooms, and picnic tables.

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