An exceptionally sunny, dry summer in much of B.C. helped push BC Parks to an all-time record number of reservations at provincial campgrounds.
More than 115,000 camping reservations were made through the province’s Discover Camping service, up 12 per cent from last year.
Campers were allowed to make reservations at more campsites and campgrounds, including Kleanza Creek, Martha Creek, Chilliwack Lake, Mabel Lake and Bowron Lake, increasing the number of reservable sites to more than 5,000 at 95 parks.
While Labour Day is the traditional end to the regular camping season, BC Parks officials are trying to pump up shoulder season camping.
They say campsites are quieter in the fall, with attractions like spawning salmon in some areas.
It’s also the time of year when “long-stay camping” is permitted, allowing campers to stay four to six weeks at reduced rates in select parks.
Seniors over 65 also get camping discounts from Sept. 3 to June 14 next year.