Great news, outdoor enthusiasts. As of 7 am on January 3rd, most of BC Parks’ campsites are officially open for spring reservations. Time to unearth your gear from the basement or storage unit and snag a spot while you can.

What’s more, additional campgrounds are being added to the new reservation service for the 2023 season, including Gwillim Lake Park near Chetwynd, Yahk Park near the Kingsgate border crossing and Allison Lake Park near Princeton. All these campgrounds will maintain a balance of reservable and first-come-first-served sites.

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New booking window

Also new this year is the four-month rolling booking window for front and backcountry reservations. Campers can now reserve their spots four months in advance as opposed to two, according to a release.

“Through our ongoing visitor engagement, we’ve heard the majority of campers prefer a four-month rolling window, allowing people to book a site well in advance of their visit,” said George Heyman, Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy. “We will continue to listen to public feedback so we can improve people’s park experiences.”

For example, on January 3rd, reservations will be available for arrivals up to May 3rd. On January 4th, May 4th arrivals will be available – and so on.

Note that booking windows for backcountry permits, group sites, or the Bowron Lake Canoe Circuit remain unchanged.


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Park updates

Reservations for the popular Bowron Lake Canoe Circuit in Bowron Lake Provincial Park are now open for the entire 2023 season. However, due to extreme weather in 2021, most of the 23-kilometre Berg Lake Trail in Mount Robson Provincial Park will remain closed, with the exception of 14 sites at the Kinney Lake Campground (reservations open on February 27th).

“We are fortunate to live in a province that has an abundance of spectacular parks for people to connect with nature and learn about Indigenous Peoples’ history and culture,” said Kelly Greene, Parliamentary Secretary for Environment. “We continue to expand opportunities for camping and improve accessibility so more people can experience the natural treasures of our beautiful province.”

If you’re interested in reserving a spot but not sure where to start, check out BC Parks’ list of campground operating and reservable dates.