Saying it wants to make the system more fair, the provincial government has made an about-face on campsite bookings and says it’s changing how reservations are made for campers.
In a statement Environment Minister Mary Polack says “‘opening day’ for reservations will be eliminated” allowing campers to book four months in advance, and some parks will have seven day limits on how long campers can stay.
Chilliwack City Councillor Sam Waddington says these alterations are important, but there’s more to be done.
“They’re not the end all be all for changes that need to happen to B.C. parks, but they’re certainly the right place to start, I think they’re the easy system style changes that can make a big difference.”
Previously Minister Mary Polak downplayed the numbers of cases of overbooking, according to data obtained by CKNW in September, which found one in every four camping reservations are made from another province, or in the U.S. or overseas.
At the time Polak told CKNW “the reaction of British Columbians when I tell them that about 3/4 of the reservations are British Columbians, people find that fairly acceptable,” however the ministry is denying it’s done an about-face on the issue.
Polak also said at the time staff were reviewing how many sites can be added to the reservation list and how many could be created.
The changes scheduled to take place mid-March.