British Columbians are able to make a campsite reservation online at most of B.C.’s provincial parks, starting Monday morning.
As of 7:00 a.m. on May 25, the Discover Camping reservation portal will be live with priority access for B.C. residents for the upcoming season.
In a press release issued last week, BC Parks said new reservations made after May 25 made by non-B.C. residents will be subject to immediate cancellation without refund and non-B.C. residents with reservations are asked to contact the call centre before June 15 to cancel and receive a full refund.
The online reservation system will allow people to reserve campsite space as early as June 1, when several provincial sites will begin to reopen.
The new reservation system will open to arrivals as far forward as of July 25 – two months ahead. The system will continue on, each day allowing one more day of arrivals. On May 26, July 26 arrivals will be released, on May 27, July 27 arrivals will be released and so on. BC Parks says this daily release of inventory will continue until the end of the reservable period in each campground is reached.
Campers can reserve a spot for a maximum of 14 days, if available and reservations made within the first two weeks of inventory being released cannot be changed.
“This is to prevent people from overbooking and subsequently changing arrival dates to shorten their stay in order to obtain a favourable site or time ahead of other customers,” said BC Parks.
According to BC Parks, all existing reservations that were not cancelled for June 1 onward will be honoured.
Despite BC Parks planning to open several camping sites after June 1, there are a handful that are expected to remain closed as well.
Below are the current listings of park-specific delayed openings for the 2020 season:
“We are all in this together, and we thank you for your patience and understanding as our staff and park operators work to safely re-open parks and campgrounds across the province. We look forward to seeing many of you out camping soon,” reads a statement on the Discover Camping website.
For updates and general park information, visit the BC Parks website.
The Regional District of Nanaimo also announced last week they will be taking camping reservations beginning this morning as well.