Parks a top draw

New record for reservations set this year at B.C parks.

VICTORIA – Camping reservations at British Columbia’s world-renowned provincial parks have set a new all-time record in 2012, climbing above 100,000 for the first time. As of Aug. 26, reservations at BC Parks totalled 104,878 for the year, an impressive 11 per cent increase over the same period during the strong 2011 season.

All BC Parks campgrounds were open over the Labour Day weekend. Many also remain open throughout September, allowing visitors to enjoy a spectacular end to the summer season. This is one of the best times of the year to visit and stay at BC Parks.

Most parks are quieter after Labour Day and the fall season offers unique things to see and do. For example, hiking is a popular activity in many parks. Also, some provincial parks, such as Goldstream near Victoria, offer great opportunities to observe the amazing natural spectacle of spawning salmon.

Another highlight of the season is British Columbia’s long-stay camping program. It is available after Labour Day at four B.C. provincial parks. For seniors, there are additional reasons to go camping after the start of September. Senior camping discounts are available to B.C. residents 65 years of age and older from the day after Labour Day through June 14 of next year. Discounts are valued at up to 50 per cent.

More information on all these opportunities is available at the BC Parks website: www.bcparks.ca

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