Camping reservations for BC Parks are opening next month

Feb 24 2021, 7:36 pm

While summer camping season may still be a few months away in BC, those hoping to secure a spot will be able to do so online, starting next month.

On Wednesday, the BC government announced that Discover Camping reservation service will open for the 2021 season on March 8.

“Our provincial parks… provide a special place to safely connect with nature and improve our health and well-being during these difficult times,” said BC Environment Minister George Heyman.

Campsites can be booked up to two months of one’s planned arrival date, and similar to last summer, BC residents have priority access to campsite reservations throughout the season. People from out of province can reserve campsites beginning on July 8.

“Our government is committed to ensuring British Columbians can safely enjoy the natural beauty of our province close to home,” said Kelly Greene, Parliamentary Secretary for Environment.

The province noted that opening provincial campgrounds while at the same time supporting public health guidelines “means it will not be business as usual.” Changes are being made to ensure everyone has a safe visit, such as how many people can be in a campsite and restrictions on group sites.

As well, day-use facilities, including picnic shelters and halls, will remain closed for the 2021 season.

Public health guidelines for gatherings may also change throughout the season and between the time of booking a campsite and a scheduled arrival date.

All camping parties must ensure they meet current public health guidelines for gatherings, even if those allowed numbers are less than the maximum site allowance, the province said.

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