Just like Metro-Vancouver real estate, camping spots in B.C. have become a hot commodity.
B.C.’s Green Party Leader is firing back at the B.C. Liberals for ‘encouraging’ tour companies to scoop up camping spots in Bulk and selling them to tourists.
Green Party Leader Andrew Weaver says the problem isn’t about anti-tourism, but that he doesn’t like seeing the parks treated as a commodity.
He says the government needs to recognize that parks are owned by B.C. residents.
“It’s problematic when we have British Columbians struggling to make ends meet, struggling with affordability, and now struggling to even have their camping holiday with their children because they can’t get access to their own parks.”
Weaver has two solutions.
“The first is allowing British Columbians some advanced time to book their campground ahead of outside agencies. Secondly, to actually reserve a portion of the campsite for B.C. residents.”
Weaver says he doesn’t know what proportion of those sites should be saved for locals, but suggests it’s well over 50%.
This comes on the heels of B.C. residents being left in the cold, after trying to purchase campground spots three months in advance through the BC Parks website.
Companies were reportedly buying tickets in bulk and reselling spots to tourists.