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Dear valued BC parks guest,
BC Parks is looking forward to opening our reservations and campgrounds to visitors for the 2021 camping season. However, it is still not quite business as usual and the COVID-19 pandemic continues to require BC Parks’ to adapt our policies. Below you will find important information relating to the 2021 season including opening dates, park occupancy guidelines, information on BC Parks refund policy, and more. Please review all details thoroughly to help ensure you are set up for a successful and healthy camping season.
Reservation Opening Dates
· Starting March 1, 2021 at 7am PT the Berg Lake Trail and Bowron Lake Canoe Circuit will be released for the entire 2021 season. The Berg Lake Trail and Bowron Lake Canoe Circuit are not on a rolling booking window and all inventory will be accessible on March 1 via the Discover Camping website (discovercamping.ca) and call centre (Toll Free in North America 1-800-689-9025).
· Starting March 8, 2021 at 7am PT the Discover Camping website and call centre will begin accepting frontcounty and backcountry reservations. Due to the ongoing pandemic Discover Camping will continue to allow bookings on a two-month rolling window. For example, on March 8, campers will be able to reserve arrival dates up to May 8; on March 9, arrival dates up to May 9 etc. Dates for later in the summer will not be available starting on March 8 due to the two-month rolling window and key holiday long weekends will only be available two-months in advance of each holiday, NOT on March 8.
Priority Access for British Columbians
· Due to the ongoing pandemic, British Columbians will be provided with priority access to camping reservations until July 7 – ensuring they have first access to the core season of reservations through to the end of summer. Starting July 8, non-residents of BC will be permitted to make reservations for any remaining arrival dates in the season, pending travel orders that may allow travel.
· For the purpose of accessing priority reservations, a BC resident is someone who resides in BC.
· Visitors will need to confirm they are a B.C. resident before booking a campsite.
· Non-residents of BC are still allowed in parks, as travel orders permit, whether for day-use, for first-come first-served camping, and for reservations made after July 7th. However, the message remains to stay close to home and avoid non-essential travel.
Site Occupancy guidelines:
PHO guidelines for gatherings may change between the time of booking and a scheduled arrival date. All camping parties MUST meet current PHO guidelines for gatherings, even if those numbers are less than BC Parks’ maximum site allowance.
· Single/Standard Sites
o Capacity limits for single or standard campsites remain unchanged for the 2021 season. A single camping party is still permitted – standard allowance of 8 individuals (of which, can be up to 4 adults aged 16 or older), including daytime visitors.
· Double Sites:
o Double sites will return to their standard capacity of 16 individuals (of which, can be up to 8 adults aged 16 or older), including daytime visitors.
o As was the case last season, double sites will continue to be required to be booked in full by a single group for the 2021 season. (i.e., they will not be bookable as single sites for two separate parties).
· Group Sites
o Group sites will continue to provide family camping opportunities for those who may want a larger campsite for their larger families. The occupancy total will remain at 16 individuals total, including daytime visitors.
o A reminder: Group sites can still be reserved a year in advance. Should you wish to cancel your group site reservation due to changing PHO guidelines, we ask visitors to be proactive and make sure to cancel 28 days before arrival to receive a full refund of camping fees.
· When making plans to reserve a campsite please ensure you have reviewed and understand Discover Camping reservation cancellation and modification policies that may result in fee penalties. While BC Parks was lenient in 2020 due to the onset of COVID-19, these policies will be strictly enforced for the 2021 season and visitors are responsible to ensure their bookings can be safely used.
· BC Parks provides full refunds of camping fees when reservations are cancelled in advance. Visitors should be familiar with associated penalty windows on www.bcparks.ca/reserve.
· Speculative bookings made on the hopes health guidelines may change should be avoided, as requests for exceptions to BC Parks refund policies will not be accepted except as noted in BC Parks refund policy and supported by the required documentation e.g. a medical note.
Day Use Facilities, Picnic Shelters and Halls
· In order to meet PHO guidelines, reservations for day use facilities, including picnic shelters and halls remain closed for the 2021 season.
Please visit the BC Parks website at www.bcparks.ca for more information regarding the 2021 season, including user guides, FAQs and park-specific status updates. Our BC Parks website is the most up to date source of news and information from BC Parks. Any new information is updated on our site as soon as it becomes available.
Please note, the Discover Camping call centre can only assist in making, modifying and cancelling reservations and cannot answer general enquiries or provide park specific updates. Should you have questions or need support ahead of and during the camping season, you can reply to this email or send a separate email to email@example.com. We do anticipate another very busy season but we are adding extra resources to try and assist you in having a wonderful and safe camping season.
We look forward to seeing many of you out camping soon!
The Discover Camping Team