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2023 BC Camp Reservations Begin January 3rd

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Those planning to go camping next spring and summer can start planning their camping trips right away.

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BC’s Discover Camping reservation system will begin booking four months in advance, rather than the previous two-month booking window, the environment ministry said in a news release on Tuesday.

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This means that the reservation system will open two months earlier than usual on January 3rd at 7am PT.

Environment Minister George Heyman said in a statement, “Through continued visitor engagement, we have heard that the majority of campers prefer a four-month rolling window, allowing sites to be booked well in advance of their visit.

Bookings for the 2022 camping season will open on March 21st, and BC Parks has announced a new booking system with more user-friendly features.

Popular campgrounds, especially those in or near Metro Vancouver, typically fill up early, and next year will be no exception.

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More than 317,000 bookings were made at new sites for the 2022 camping season, an increase of more than 26% compared to 2019, while a record 350,000 bookings were made at the height of the pandemic in 2021. is declining from

According to the ministry, there are more than 10,000 reservable day and lodging properties ranging from day-use passes, parking permits, campsite permits, backcountry permits, backcountry cabins and yurts, with more campgrounds to be added. increase. 2023 season.

New campgrounds include Gwilym Lake Park near Chetwind, Yak Park near Kingsgate Border Crossing and Alison Lake Park near Princeton.

Reservations for the popular Bowron Lake Canoe Circuit at Bowlon Lake State Park open one month in advance on December 1st at 7:00 AM PT.

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Reservations for Kinney Lake Campground at Mt. Robson State Park will begin one month later on February 1 at 7:00 a.m. PT, while the remaining 23 kilometers of the Berg Lake Trail will be closed for the 2021 anomaly. It remains closed for the 2023 season due to weather damage.

BC Parks is spending $21.5 million on new campgrounds, trails and upgrading existing facilities, according to the ministry.

BC Parks manages 10,700 campgrounds statewide, about half of which are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Most sites with reservations also have first-come, first-served sites.

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2023 BC Camp Reservations Begin January 3rd

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