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Overnight camping reopens in B.C.

Last Updated Jun 1, 2020 at 11:10 am PDT

FILE - Alice Lake (Source: BC Parks website)

Most provincial parks in B.C. have reopened for overnight stays

Fewer sites will be available in some campgrounds

Playgrounds, halls and picnic shelters remain closed in all provincial parks

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — Most overnight campsites in B.C. provincial parks reopened Monday.

But those trying to book one should expect new safety measures due to the pandemic.

One is more spacing between campsites to help with physical distancing, meaning fewer sites will be available.

The number of people who can stay in one spot is also limited.

There may also be some changes to services and communal facilities, and some campgrounds will open at a later date.

Hot springs, backcountry communal cabins, and campgrounds that require visitors to use shared cooking facilities will remain temporarily closed, along with group campsites.

The Discover Camping online reservation system reopened last Monday and immediately crashed as tens of thousands of people scrambled to book a campsites.

“To ensure British Columbians have access to camping opportunities close to home during the summer, new reservations can only be made by B.C. residents,” says a recent government release.

“People can now reserve a site two months in advance of their arrival date instead of four – a temporary measure to spread out the demand during the busy summer months.”

Playgrounds, halls, and picnic shelters remain closed in all provincial parks.

Parks that remain temporarily closed are listed on the BC Parks website.