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CALGARY –
In anticipation of another record-breaking camping season, Alberta Parks has adopted a tiered approach to booking campsites and is committed to hiring more staff as the pandemic encourages cationing stays’

The online booking portal goes online at 9 a.m. Thursday for the southern region of Alberta, with start times for bookings in other regions of the province being staggered in two-hour increments

Reservations can be booked within a 90-day window, which means that bookings made at start-up will have an arrival date no later than 2 June can have

Officials expect this camping season to be very busy, as summer 2020 has been Alberta’s busiest season to date

The provincial government says the additional demand on provincial campsites is one reason reservation fees have increased by $ 1 to $ 3 per night, depending on the location

The province has pledged to employ 50 additional full-time workers to maintain Alberta’s parks during what is expected to be the busy camping season

As part of public health measures, shower facilities at campsites will remain closed for the foreseeable future, and cancellations for campers affected by COVID-19 will receive a full refund, including the now increased reservation fee

Alberta Parks informs CTV News that there are no restrictions on who can book these sites for residents of Alberta or other provinces, but strongly encourages everyone to follow applicable health regulations

In British Columbia, camping is permitted until April 7 Closed to non-residents of July Make July or later

Officials in BC. say British Columbians come first and “the message remains to stay close to home and avoid unnecessary travel”

Campers can book their campsites for long weekends in May at Alberta Parks campsites from Thursday morning (file)

Reservations for Alberta Parks, Alberta Parks

World News – CA – Reservations for the beginning of the camping season at campsites in the Province of Alberta begin

Source: https://calgary.ctvnews.ca/booking-begins-for-start-of-camping-season-at-alberta-s-provincial-campgrounds-1.5333337