The first long weekend of the warmer months may not be ideal for camping but Alberta Parks still expects a full house at provincial campsites.
Tim Chamberlin, with Alberta Parks, says the weather and fire bans never stop campers in Alberta.
“Albertans are hardy campers and they don’t let the rain deter them from getting out into our provincial parks,” explains Chamberlin. “It is a great opportunity, regardless of the weather, to get their camping gear set up and out for the first time of the year.”
Chamberlin says their online registration tool shows the rainy weather and fire bans are not keeping people from camping.
“We expect we’ll be full again this year for the May long weekend,” explains Chamberlin. “We know Albertans are eager to get out and connect with nature and enjoy our provincial parks.”
He says long weekends always bring out campers, despite rain and fire bans.
“Through our reserve system, at reserve.albertaparks.ca, we have an increase of six per cent in our bookings over this time last year,” Chamberlin adds.
Chamberlin says you can always go online to find out which sites will fill up or if there are any openings in the reservations section.
“We do fill up,” explains Chamberlin. “The majority of our more popular provincial parks are at capacity but there are still spots available so what we do is encourage people to go to reserve.albertaparks.ca website and check the vacancy calendar.”
Chamberlin says there are around 14,000 provincial campsites, a third of which you can reserve online.
He says the rest are first-come first-serve. (twd)