As the May long weekend approaches, Kimberley residents are gearing up for a weekend of camping, fishing, hiking, trail blazing, and enjoying the great outdoors.
May is a busy time of year for camping, with campsites opening up and the nice weather rolling in, which means the time to plan your camping trip is now, keeping a few things in mind.
Part of B.C. Parks’ future strategy is to invest $23 million over the next five years to add 1,900 new campsites. This may mean potential closures due to construction, so always check the website of your destination before heading out.
According to a news release from the Government of British Columbia on April 6, 2017, more than 49 thousand reservations have already been booked through the Discover Camping Reservation Service.
Minister of Environment, Mary Polak said, “we know people are passionate about parks, and love to camp in the beautiful B.C. wilderness we have right in our backyard. Camping is a great way for family and friends to get outside and make some memories, and I’m thrilled so many people have already booked their next adventure.”
British Columbia recently announced improvements to their reservation service to enhance fair access for everyone looking to book a campsite in B.C.’s provincial parks. Some of those changes, which took effect on January 2, 2017, include eliminating the mid-March opening day for reservations, and extending the three month rolling window to four months, as well as restrictions around altering arrival dates to prevent overbooking days around coveted times, including long weekends.
Last year, B.C. saw a record of more than 187,000 reservations, with approximately 72 per cent originiating in B.C..
There are also vast lists of ethics for both frontcountry and backcountry camping in British Columbia. It is important for both residents and visitors to follow these regulations so we can continue to enjoy B.C.’s parks.
B.C. Parks says that they are dedicated to preserving the natural state of parks while also providing recreational access to its features. Park regulations and policies are put in place to protect park values, and ensure a quality experience for all visitors today and in years to come.
Before visiting a campground, it is advised to check the relevant B.C. Parks (or other) webpage for specific rules and guidelines.
Some of these guidelines include general campground regulations, campfires and fire safety, pets, vehicles and roadways, bear and wildlife safety, leave no trace camping, and recreation.
Kimberley and the surrounding areas offer many opportunities for both front and backcountry camping from Kimberley Riverside Campground, to Wasa Lake, Skookumchuck Creek, Premier Lake Provincial Mark, Moyie Lake, Norbury Lake Provincial Park, and many more. To check out the full list of campsites available for booking, check out campscout.com or the B.C. Parks website.