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Camping reservations open Saturday

Another camping season is just around the corner and starting Saturday you will be be able to book your perfect spot as BC Parks' reservation system, Discover Camping, opens for the season.

Starting at 9 a.m., reservations at most campgrounds will be live, both online and through the call centre. 

Nathalie Dechaine, business and policy analyst with BC Parks, explained it is important to make a reservation if you have your heart set on staying at a specific campground at a certain time.

"There is only enough inventory to satisfy so many people, and those popular sites tend to fill up very quickly."

She said most campsites in the region tend to be popular, but Bear Creek and Haynes Point are two of the busiest sites where a reservation is almost always mandatory.

Individual sites can be booked up to three months in advance, while group sites can be reserved up to 12 months in advance.

Duchenne offered a few tips for avoiding disappointment; she recommends going online to research what is available before the site goes live, expanding your dates to avoid long weekends, and checking back later to see whether a site has become available.

Last year 119,000 reservations were made and this year will see the addition of new reservable campsites at Alice Lake, Golden Ears, Rolley Lake and Herald Lake provincial parks. Reservations are also now available at Meziadin Lake, Prudhomme Lake and Paul Lake provincial parks.

Discover Camping's interactive system is available online and via smartphone and allows you to view availability, layouts and amenities at 109 reservable campgrounds in 97 provincial parks throughout the province. 

In total, there are over 5,200 campsites to choose from and up to three reservations can be made at once.

Some campgrounds on the reservation system are 100% reservable, while others offer a first-come, first-serve inventory.

Reservations can be made online or through the call centre at 1-800-689-9025 for a surcharge of $5.

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