BEFORE CHRIST. residents will have preferential access to camping in provincial parks


BEFORE CHRIST. residents may have a better chance of securing a coveted campground in a provincial park this season.

When the reserves reopened on May 25, the British Columbia Minister of the Environment said that only British Columbia residents should make new reservations.

New bookings made after May 25 were made by non-B.C. residents will be immediately canceled without refund.

Provincial park camping reservations reopened for British Columbia residents only

Reopening of camping reservations in provincial parks for residents of British Columbia only

The policy aims to support the advice of health officials who urged people to stay close to home during the pandemic.

“We urge people to have stays. We discourage non-essential travel and other provinces do the same. We are concerned that small communities will be overwhelmed, “said Environment Minister George Heyman.

The provincial government is urging out-of-province campers with pre-existing reservations to cancel their plans to voluntarily visit.

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BC Parks says non-B.C. residents with existing reservations are asked to contact the call center before June 15 to cancel and receive a full refund.

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“We are asking people to be responsible, to avoid unnecessary travel,” said Heyman.

However, the province will not force visitors from outside the province with pre-existing reservations to cancel their reservations.

“We didn’t think it would be fair for people who made a reservation before this new rule to automatically cancel the reservation, unless, of course, that park or campgrounds were not open at all,” said Heyman. .

“We are asking them to respect the desire of British Columbians to have access to our own parks. We offer them the opportunity to cancel this reservation without penalty until June 15, “he added.

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The Discover Camping website and call center will be open for new bookings on May 25 at 7 a.m.

The campgrounds, campgrounds and accommodation will start to open on June 1.

Hinterland and hinterland reservations will be available on a two-month mobile window from May 25 at 7 a.m.

BC Parks reports that on May 25, the system will be open for reservations until July 25.

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On May 26, the system will be open on July 26; on May 27, the system will be open for July 27 and so on.

The daily distribution of the inventory will continue until the end of the period that can be reserved in each campsite.

Reservations can be made at most campgrounds for a maximum stay of 14 days, but reservations made within the first two weeks of publication of the inventory cannot be changed.

BC Parks says it aims to avoid overbooking and that people change their arrival dates to shorten their stay to secure a location or favorable weather before other guests. These reservations cannot be canceled and normal cancellation fees will apply.

Group sites and bookable picnic shelters will remain closed for the time being; all existing reservations will be canceled until December 31.

BEFORE CHRIST. parks open to visitors with restrictions

BEFORE CHRIST. parks open to visitors with restrictions

The province is asking visitors to use the parks near their homes, continue to distance themselves physically and bring their own hand sanitizer in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. The disinfection of high contact areas and bathrooms will be reinforced.

A full list of open parks can be found on the BC Parks website.

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