BC Parks to restrict overnight camping access only to BC residents

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It looks like we won’t be seeing any red (or any other colour) licence plates at BC campgrounds this summer. BC Parks has said that non-residents won’t be able to camp overnight in BC’s provincially-owned campgrounds this summer. However, that means less competition for us when we try and reserve a spot, so…

Starting on June 1st, when overnight visits are allowed, campers will be asked to show ID confirming that they are a BC resident. This was done to limit the amount of non-essential travel coming into the province and to also allow British Columbians first dibs on BC campgrounds. Non-BC residents who have made reservations should call before June 15th to cancel and get a full refund.

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This is also one of the many changes happening at BC parks, with limits on the number of campers and vigorous sanitation and cleanliness procedures also being put in place. If you’re a BC resident, reservations for camping are opening up May 25th at 7 a.m. PT. Set your alarm folks, because we have a feeling spots will fill up fast.

So, if you or someone you know has complained their whole life about Albertans coming in with their double-wide trailers and reserving all the campsites, it looks like your number has finally come up.

As we mentioned, this only applies to provincially owned campgrounds, meaning that private campgrounds will be able to take all comers no matter where they come from. No matter what, we hope BC parks will be filled with as many happy campers as possible.

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