On your mark, get set, go… start planning your next camping trip!
With the launch of an improved camping reservation system by BC Parks, their online booking now allows you to make reservations up to four months in advance.
Originally announced last year, BC Parks reservation site opened for bookings at 7 a.m. on Tuesday, January 3rd.
So if you’re brave enough, you can now log on to the BC Parks’ campsite reservation system and book a site into May.
In previous years, the website booking system was known to crash as many flocked to the site to score their favourite spot.
After several hours into the launch, the new system so far has avoided any disruptions or crashes.
The new website was launched last March as part of the ongoing improvements to deal with the influx of people hopping onto the website at the same time.
The online booking system was upgraded to make the process of booking a camping spot easier for British Columbians and to keep up with growing demand.
A record-breaking 317,000 reservations were made on the new BC Parks reservation service for the 2022 season–an increase of 26.5% since 2019.
This time around, campers are allowed to pre-book four months in advance of their trip. As of today, reservations can be booked for arrivals up to May 3rd.
The addition of this extended booking period now doubles the scheduling period allowed for reservations.
“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 press release.
The reservation of group sites and picnic shelters are the only exceptions to the four month reservation period with on the spot bookings.
The list of reservable campsites and dates that are currently available can be found on BC Parks website’.