4 Must Know Insider Tips to Reserving the Most Popular Campsites



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Photo by: Iain Robert Reid | Nahatlatch Provincial Park

Mark your calendars, starting on Tuesday, March 15th at 7:00am PST, camping reservations open!

With demand for reservations for BC Parks’ campsites growing year after year, we often get asked, “How do I get a reservation at _____ Park”?

In this blog, we’re going to share our insider tips on how to secure that coveted frontcountry camping site.

One of the most important tips to remember is that long weekends are the busiest and weekends between the middle of May until the beginning of September are the second busiest. If you’re flexible, we recommend reserving your spot during the week; this is your highest chance of getting that primo spot in a popular campground.

Now let’s get to the three tips that will help you get into your dream camping destination:

  1. Understand the basics of reservations. BC Parks uses a 3 month rolling window for all our frontcountry reservations which means, starting at 7 am on March 15th, you can start making reservations for arrival dates as late as June 15th. If you are a keener and are already thinking the Labour Day long weekend and want to arrive on Thursday September 1st, you can make your reservation starting 3 months before that time (or June 1st).
  2. Shop around before March 15th. Here’s how the reservation system works: when a customer clicks on a site, even if it’s just to view it, the assumption is made that you are going to reserve your spot and places a “hold” on that site. This means other customers see that as already reserved. Our advice? Spend some time on discovercamping.ca looking at spots ahead of time and pick your top three spots ahead of time. This way if “plan A” doesn’t work out, you have a couple of back up options.
  3. Check out the Discover Camping mobile site. This is a true insider tip: the desktop site can run slower on the March 15th launch, but the mobile site sees less traffic, allowing for a speedier user experience. Also, you can access the mobile site directly from your computer! Just click here on launch day.
  4. Check back frequently. Life happens and plans change; which means reservable campsites are released back to Discover Camping. Check back often and frequently to benefit from someone else’s cancellation or shortened stay.

Here are a few more links to help you plan your summer:

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2 responses to “4 Must Know Insider Tips to Reserving the Most Popular Campsites

  1. Gord

    If the reservation fees only cover the cost of operating Discover Camping, why does it exist? The first come system was better for local BC residents. The reservation system benefits out of Province users that have not paid for BC parks. In my opinion there should not be any parks with 100% reservations. All this is done without any consultation with BC taxpayers.

  2. cindy

    Can a person buy gift cards for provincial campgrounds If not,would you kindly create these–would make a great xmas gift.