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Camping in B.C. Parks closed to non-residents

Last Updated May 22, 2020 at 3:38 pm PDT

FILE - Alice Lake (Source: BC Parks website)
Summary

The mayor of a B.C. city near the Alberta border doesn't think the restriction will deter visitors

Albertans will still visit B.C. campsites, said Cranbrook Mayor Lee Pratt

B.C. Parks said anyone from outside the province with campground reservations can cancel and receive a full refund

CRANBROOK (NEWS 1130) — While most B.C. parks reopened last weekend as part of the province’s restart plan, campsites are reserved for residents only.

But the mayor of a B.C. city near the Alberta border doesn’t think the pandemic-related restriction will deter visitors.

“So they’re still going to come here,” said Cranbrook Mayor Lee Pratt.

“What’s going to happen, I think, a lot of them are going to come and they are just going to camp on Crown land.”

Lee said some Cranbrook residents don’t want visitors from Alberta, but added many of the latter own second homes in city.

He also said visitors spend money locally, which Cranbrook businesses need.

According to B.C. Parks, preferential access to camping will be given to B.C. residents for the 2020 camping season.

B.C. Parks says anyone from outside the province with campground reservations is asked to call before June 15 to cancel and receive a full refund.

Camping reservations open on the Discover Camping website for a two-month rolling window starting Monday, May 25 at 7 a.m.

Reservations made by non-B.C. residents after May 25 will be subject to immediate cancellation without a refund, says B.C. Parks.