BC Parks reveals new improved reservation system, website

Camping website improved

BC Parks is redesigning its much-maligned website and online reservation system.

The system comes under scrutiny every spring when reservations open for the coming camping season, prompting a surge of online traffic, straining web servers and filling popular sites vanishingly fast.

"More people every year are getting out and connecting with nature and green space in our beautiful BC Parks. It's key to our health and well-being," said George Heyman, Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy.

"We've engaged with people over the past two years and we've heard the call for improvements to the reservation service and the need to build a more reliable, easy-to-use service system."

Opening March 21, the new reservation service will be available through the BC Parks website and will include key features such as:

  • more flexible search options to find and book a campsite;
  • maps, calendars and lists of available sites for quicker navigation;
  • saved booking preferences and locations within customer accounts; and
  • as many as five large photos per campsite.

A new beta version of the site is live, and the government is seeking feedback.

"We are all looking forward to another summer of camping and outdoor recreation, and demand for campsites in popular locations will continue to be high. The improved website and reservation system will make the B.C. camping experience even better,” "We live in a province where people have a deep appreciation for parks and the environment," said Kelly Greene, Parliamentary Secretary for Environment.

People can book a campsite at most campgrounds two months ahead of their desired arrival date. Reservations for group campsites open March 24 for the rest of the year and reservations for the popular Bowron Lake Canoe Circuit will open in early April, with availability between May and September. The Berg Lake Trail does not have an anticipated opening date due to damage caused by severe flooding in the summer.

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