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Opinion: B.C. Parks adds hundreds of new campsites, but can they possibly meet demand?

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If you like camping in B.C., there are now more options with the arrival of 594 new campsites.

Ranging from walk-in tent sites to marine sites, 13 provincial parks will have 362 new sites and 12 recreation sites will have 232 new sites. The new B.C. Parks campsites are located in regions with the highest demand — the Lower Mainland, Thompson-Okanagan, Kootenay Rockies and Mount Robson.

The big question is if the news sites will be enough to meet the rampant demand that often leaves campers without a place to go. It will also be interesting to see if demand drops if we have another record-setting wildfire season in the B.C. Interior.

The sites are in addition to 431 new campsites created in 2018, bringing the total number of new campsites to 1,025 during the past two years. For the third year in a row, there will be no increase to camping fees in provincial parks.

Along with the additional campsites, existing facilities and infrastructure have been upgraded or added in four B.C. Parks campgrounds this year — Fintry Park, Martha Creek Park, Robson River and Monck Park.

The new B.C. Parks campsites are available for reservation via the Discover Camping reservation service. Construction is still in progress at some locations so check the B.C. Parks website for updates on availability.

— Chris Campbell, Burnaby Now




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