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

Mar 8 2021, 9:30 am

While summer camping season may still be a few months away in BC, those hoping to secure a spot can do so as of today.

Yes, the BC Parks Discover Camping reservation service is now open for the 2021 season.

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.

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, are staying 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.

Eric ZimmerEric Zimmer

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