BC Parks website opens for camping reservations, promptly crashes due to demand

May 25 2020, 3:27 pm

After closing to reservations earlier this year due to COVID-19, BC Parks reopened its online reservations system for campsites throughout the province.

As part of its reopening, the government stipulated that preferential access to camping will be given to BC residents for the 2020 camping season.

And after the province announced recently that the site would open for bookings as of 7 am this morning, many were eager to stake out a summer spot for themselves.

However, the sudden spike in traffic on the site appeared to be too much, and the page ultimately crashed, causing many unhappy campers to vent their frustrations on social media.

Provincial parks were initially closed on April 8, and many reopened to the public for day use only on May 14.

In accordance with Phase 2 of the province’s reopening plan, BC Parks says the reopening will come with increased health and safety measures.

To ensure physical distancing, BC Parks says more spacing will be implemented between campsites and there will be a limitation on the number of guests at campgrounds.

Communal facilities, such as shower buildings, will reopen with enhanced cleaning protocols.

BC Parks notes that sites that requiring campers to use shared cooking facilities and backcountry cabins will remain closed.

Non-BC residents with existing reservations are asked to contact the call centre before June 15 to cancel and receive a full refund.

New reservations made after May 25th found to be made by non-BC residents will be subject to immediate cancellation without refund.

Eric ZimmerEric Zimmer

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