B.C.’s camping industry has become so competitive, some are making money by selling their camping spot.
With campground spots selling out fast across B.C. and many camping enthusiasts not getting their top choices, some are looking to flip their spots and make a quick buck.
Sam Waddington owns an outdoor adventure company in Chilliwack, he says scalpers want a piece of campground real estate.
Waddington says people reserve blocks of time they don’t plan to use.
“And then when it comes time to camp and there’s people rolling into an area trying to book a site, they can’t get one because they have been reserved months in advance. They’ll be on the side of the road selling them for 10 times more than what they bought them for.”
Back in March, the government’s reservation website, Discover Camping, crashed because of high demand.
In a statement the Ministry of Environment says it is aware of the scalping issue and policy does states that, “reservations are not transferable.”
The ministry says the policy is in place to prevent the resale of reservations.
When a resale is brought to the ministry’s attention, it contacts the reservation holder to remind them they are at risk of having their reservation cancelled.