VICTORIA – It’s time to get out the calendar and start planning camping trips in more provincial parks next year.
At 7 a.m. (Pacific time) on Jan. 3, 2023, many of BC Parks’ campsites will open for reservations. People can book a site four months ahead of their desired arrival date instead of the previous two-month booking window. A list of campground operating and reservable dates can be found at: https://bcparks.ca/operating-dates/
“Through our ongoing visitor engagement, we’ve heard the majority of campers prefer a four-month rolling window, allowing people to book a site well in advance of their visit,” said George Heyman, Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy, in a news release. “We will continue to listen to public feedback so we can improve people’s park experiences, and everyone can easily access the many beautiful parks and backcountry areas our province has to offer.”
More campgrounds are being added to the new reservation service for the 2023 season, including Gwillim Lake Park near Chetwynd, Yahk Park near the Kingsgate border crossing and Allison Lake Park near Princeton. All these campgrounds will maintain a balance of reservable and first-come-first-served sites.
Additionally, reservations for the popular Bowron Lake Canoe Circuit in Bowron Lake Provincial Park will open for the entire 2023 season at 7 a.m. on Dec. 1, 2022. People need to be prepared and self-sufficient for this backcountry experience that involves 116 kilometres of paddling across 10 lakes with several portages that require transporting canoes and gear over land.
Most of the 23-kilometre Berg Lake Trail in Mount Robson Provincial Park will remain closed for the 2023 season, except for 14 sites at the Kinney Lake Campground. Located seven kilometres from the parking lot, Kinney Lake will open for reservations on a four-month rolling window at 7 a.m. on Feb. 1, 2023. The rest of the trail, which was damaged by extreme weather in 2021, remains closed for repairs.
“We are fortunate to live in a province that has an abundance of spectacular parks for people to connect with nature and learn about Indigenous Peoples’ history and culture,” said Kelly Greene, Parliamentary Secretary for Environment. “We continue to expand opportunities for camping and improve accessibility so more people can experience the natural treasures of our beautiful province.”
Launched in March 2022, the new BC Parks reservation service is part of a broader, ongoing redesign of digital services to improve visitors’ experiences from computer to campground. Feedback received through ongoing user-experience research has been instrumental in shaping improvements to the reservation service and the in-progress redesign of the BC Parks website, which can be viewed at: beta.bcparks.ca (https://beta.bcparks.ca)
More than 5,000 people have signed up to be part of the user-experience research. Updates about what visitors want from digital services, how to make camping reservations easier and insights into camper behaviour are shared on the BC Parks blog at: https://engage.gov.bc.ca/bcparksblog/
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