BC Parks unveils new and improved reservation system and website – BC News
Improved campsite website
Photo: Colin Dacre
Ellison Provincial Park
BC Parks is revamping its much-maligned website and online reservation system.
The system comes under scrutiny each spring when reservations open for the upcoming camping season, causing an increase in online traffic, straining web servers and filling up popular sites at a rapid pace. frantic.
“Each year, more people get out and connect with nature and green spaces in our beautiful BC parks. It is key to our health and well-being,” said George Heyman, Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy.
“We have been engaging with people over the past two years and we have heard the call for better booking service and the need to create a more reliable and easy to use service system.”
Open March 21, the new reservation service will be available on the BC Parks website and will include key features such as:
- more flexible search options for finding and booking a campsite;
- maps, calendars and lists of available sites for faster navigation;
- booking preferences and locations stored in customer accounts; and
- up to five large photos per campsite.
A new beta version of the site is live and the government is asking for 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. Improving the website and reservation system will make the camping experience in British Columbia even better. “We live in a province where people deeply appreciate parks and the environment,” said Kelly Greene, Parliamentary Secretary for the Environment.
People can book camping at most campgrounds two months before their desired arrival date. Reservations for group campsites open March 24 for the rest of the year and reservations for the popular Lake Bowron Canoe Tour will open in early April, with availability between May and September. The Berg Lake Trail does not have a scheduled opening date due to damage from severe summer flooding.