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B.C. Government releases camping gift cards and improvements to reservation system

Golden Ears Provincial Park campground. Photo Shutterstock The B.C. Government has announced some changes to the reservation system for Provincial parks.
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 Golden Ears Provincial Park campground. Photo ShutterstockGolden Ears Provincial Park campground. Photo Shutterstock

The B.C. Government has announced some changes to the reservation system for Provincial parks.

In a press release, the Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy, George Heyman, describes the changes as a "a new reservation system that meets all their needs, no matter where their journey takes them."

While that might be a bit of a stretch, there are a few new things of note that will make campers' lives a little easier - before and after they get into the woods.

If you've ever tried to book a site in a Provincial campground in the busy season you'll know that they're often overbooked and it's sometimes difficult to secure a spot. They've been working to remedy that by not only adding 362 campsites in parks, but also by adding some features to their system.

According to the release, they've just added:

- "notifications if previously booked sites become available at a certain park during a specific time"

- "advanced search and display features that show campsites available in nearby parks if the first choice is full"

New additions also include the option to pre-purchase firewood, ice and other items, as well as a gift card system where you can now send family and friends e-gift cards which can be used to reserve campsites.

Instead of a Starbucks gift card this holiday season, perhaps you want to give the gift of camping?

The reservation system is located at discovercamping.ca.