Travel may be currently discouraged in British Columbia due to COVID-19 case numbers, but with spring and summer on their way, B.C. Parks is preparing for the upcoming camping season.
Today (February 24), the provincial government announced that British Columbians can begin making online reservations at campsites at provincial parks as of March 8. Reservations can be made up to two months in advance of the arrival date.
British Columbian residents will be given priority for reservations into the summer until reservations open up to those from outside the province on July 8.
Although outdoor recreation is deemed to be less risky than indoor activity, interprovincial travel has remained a point of concern for many residents and communities since last year and throughout the winter.
B.C. Parks stated that changes will be made, including maximum numbers of people at a campsite and restrictions on group sites. In addition, provincial public health guidelines remain subject to change throughout the camping season, including potentially changing between the time a reservation is made and the arrival date.
Day-use facilities, such as picnic shelters and halls, remain closed to reservations during 2021.
More sites are also being added this season, including a fully serviced 90-site campground in Manning Park scheduled to open this spring.
Before March 8, backcountry camping reservations will open—on March 1—for the Berg Lake Trail in Mount Robson Provincial Park and the canoe circuit in Bowron Lake Provincial Park.
The Berg Lake Trail can be reserved from June 12 to September 30, and the Bowron Lake Canoe Circuit can be reserved from May 15 to September 23.
B.C. Environment and Climate Change Strategy Minister George Heyman stated in a news release that “while public health concerns and advice remain, we are asking people to pick a campground as close to home as possible to avoid long road trips and non-essential travel”.
Information about provincial parks is available at the B.C. Parks website.