By Bobinec, Greg on January 6, 2020.
As families wind down after the holiday season and settle into the new year, Parks Canada is encouraging people to make their reservations early to guarantee their camping spot in national parks across the country.
Starting Tuesday, Alberta Parks will be opening their registration for their reservable period, when the parks are in operation. As Parks Canada gears up to open more areas of their parks and welcome visitors, they will now be taking reservations for the April 2020 to March 2021 season.
Jasper National Park will be the first in Alberta to take reservations Tuesday, with Pocahontas, Wabasso, and Whirlpool campgrounds operating at the start of May. Wapiti campground and Palisades cabins are open year round for reservations. Whistlers campground is reported to be closed for the season.
Banff National Park will be launching Wednesday, with most campgrounds opening in early May. Johnston Canyon, Two Jack Main, and Rampart Creek are reported to open in June.
Thursday will be a large launch day for Parks Canada as Waterton Lakes National Park, Wood Buffalo National Park, Rocky Mountain House National Historic Site and Elk Island National Park will be taking reservations for their variety of camping and cabin options, with most opening for operation in May.
The reservable period refers to the night that the campground or hike is open for use. Sometimes campground or hikes operate for longer than the period which they accept reservations. Any of the dates of the operating season outside of the reservable period are the dates that it operates on a first-come, first-serve basis only.
Across Canada there are 36 national parks, from national marine conservation areas, to historic sites across the country. Not only does each park provide unique experiences from each other, but also different types of visiting options such as full-services campsites, backcountry hikes to campgrounds, and roofed accommodations.
To reserve your national park camping arrangement for the 2020-21 season or for more information on what each park has to offer, visit pc.ca.ca under the shop-and-reserve tab to reserve, or call 1-877-737-3783 to reserve over the phone. For general information or help, call 1-888-773-8888. Seasonal park passes are available now for purchase as well.
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