Domenica, 04 Dicembre, 2016

Province unveils new strategy and more campsites for BC Parks

BC government creating more than 1900 new campsites BC Parks Future Strategy to feature stronger conservation, more than 1900 new campsites
Carmela Zoppi | 02 Dicembre, 2016, 13:09

After a summer of unhappy campers unable to secure spots in campgrounds that sold out in minutes, the government has chose to add hundreds of new sites across the province.

Only a few weeks ago the Province of British Columbia unveiled changes to the BC Parks Discover Camping Reservation Service, hoping to improve access for residents looking to book a campsite in 2017. The problem was so prevalent that campgrounds started to ask for ID when campers arrived. This new funding will be on top of the province's $15 million investment to maintain and refurbish existing campsites and backcountry recreation sites throughout B.C. They did not provide the exact numbers of either.

Over 800 of the new campsites will be situated in provincial parks, with a primary focus on high-demand areas including the Lower Mainland, Okanagan, and the Kootenays.

There are now 10,700 campsites in 270 B.C. park front-country campgrounds and along with 2,000 backcountry campsites.

Along with the sites, the province will cover costs of new infrastructure needed, including roads, water and sewer expansions, electrical upgrades, shower and toilet buildings and outhouses.

"B.C. parks define who we are as British Columbians and are a vital part of the B.C. advantage", Premier Christy Clark said in a release. "The parks we love are globally significant. Protecting and enhancing our parks honour our natural history, is a gift for future generations and to the world".

Clark says the province is adding 1,900 new campsites at provincial parks and recreational sites as part of a five-year, $22.9-million strategy.

"We're hiring more park rangers to boost conversation and to make our campsite areas more accessible for people of all abilities".

The Province now boasts 10,700 front-country campgrounds and 2,000 backcountry campsites in various locations throughout the province.

BC Parks manages the third largest parks system in North America behind the United States' National Park Service and Parks Canada.

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