The Discover Camping website was to start taking spring and summer reservations Tuesday morning at 7:00 AM, and by 7:10 AM, people were on Twitter saying the website has crashed.
No word yet on what’s happened.
The head of BC’s camping reservation system isn’t worried a second consecutive year of fee increases could lead to a drop in bookings.
Provincially run parks are taking reservations for the camping season beginning tomorrow, but it’s going to cost you more.
The majority of parks will see only a $1 or $2 per night increase, but group sites, requiring a minimum of 15 people in areas like Cultus Lake and Golden Ears is going up 20% to $120 dollars.
The lead for Discover Camping, Natalie Dechain, says it’s still good value for service.
“Your camping party can be up to eight people so when you consider it in a more general sense we offer really good value for the prices charged to campers in British Columbia.”
You better book fast, last year saw a record 19% increase in reservations, and Dechain, says there are no new campsites this year.
“We also have some campgrounds that aren’t filling up and we would encourage people to go further afield then trying to increase the size of the campgrounds at places we know are already busy.”
The website begins accepting registrations as of 7 a.m. Pacific time and reservations can be made up to 3 months in advance.
Bookings up to three months in advance
That means if you want to book for the May long weekend or any other time up to June 15th – you probably want to get on that reservation system when it opens.
Any bookings you want to make after June 15th will need to wait.
British Columbians love to camp
In total, there are 122 campgrounds to choose from – with more than 5,800 campsites.
In 2015, more than 158,000 reservations were made through the system, with 73% of all reservations originating from B.C.
With files form Shelby Thom and Anna Kalfa