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If you’ve got the itch to get back out into the wilderness, don’t fret; BC Parks is set to reopen Discover Camping to take new campground reservations starting this Monday.

With the announcement that many campgrounds and accommodations will start to open on June 1st, along with most B.C. parks now open for day-use, Discover Camping has made the decision to open up their booking schedule on May 25th.

That being said, the reopening of campgrounds is not without some changes to this summer’s upcoming camping season.

B.C. residents will be given first access, and new reservations made after May 25th by non-B.C. residents will be subject to immediate cancellation without refund.

For local residents, front-country and backcountry reservations will be available on a two-month rolling basis starting Monday.

This means beginning May 25th, the system will open to arrivals as far forward as July 25th, for example. This system will continue on, with each day allowing one more day of bookings two months in advance.

Campers can reserve a spot for a maximum of 14 days, 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 in a release.

Group sites and reservable picnic shelters will remain closed for the time being, and double sites will only be available for double site bookings and cannot be booked as two single sites for separate groups.

“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 the statement on the Discover Camping website.

Bookings for available campgrounds can be made on the Discover Camping website, and will officially be open as of May 25th.