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Old 07-07-2016, 07:47 PM   #131
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Also have to factor in the tree-huggers, according to TV news the other day. They don't want trees cut to create campsites.
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Old 07-07-2016, 08:32 PM   #132
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Also have to factor in the tree-huggers, according to TV news the other day. They don't want trees cut to create campsites.
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Old 07-07-2016, 09:07 PM   #133
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We just set our orientation and pickup for September 1st and after reading this thread I'm guessing I might have screwed up. It sounds like it's going to be mighty difficult to find a camping spot for a day or two without reservations on Labor Day weekend. We wanted to spend a day or two close to ETI. Might have to rethink our plans.
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Might see if you can put it off a week, however when we picked up 9/17 we found that fairly soon afterwards a lot of campgrounds were closing up loops or closing altogether during our 3 week trip home, even with good weather still.
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We just set our orientation and pickup for September 1st and after reading this thread I'm guessing I might have screwed up. It sounds like it's going to be mighty difficult to find a camping spot for a day or two without reservations on Labor Day weekend.
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Might see if you can put it off a week, however when we picked up 9/17 we found that fairly soon afterwards a lot of campgrounds were closing up loops or closing altogether during our 3 week trip home, even with good weather still.
Yes, the Labour Day weekend is the unofficial "last weekend of summer" in most of Canada. With kids back in school immediately after it and weather cooling off quickly in most areas, camping is done for most people and campgrounds start closing. On the other hand, I'm currently planning a trip and finding that in the one location (in Ontario) where I want to reserve, the campgrounds are open until the end of October.
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Didn't think of Labor Day when we were traveling to Yellowstone, got stuck at Walmart. The couple sites that we did find were worse then WM, packed in like sardines. Think I'd do like Ross mentions and see if you can hold off pickup till Tuesday. Camping is great, AFTER the holiday.
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Good advice. Living in the area, we would either have to book s reserved site 3 months in advance or else go up 2 days (or more) early to hopefully get a non-reservable campsite (and pay for days you aren't there). But going early isn't an option for you. The weekend after the holiday weekend should work for you.
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A bit of an update
From a July 8 Maple Ridge news article

Campsites expanding - Maple Ridge News
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"BC Parks will make changes to its online reservation system. Polak wants it to suggest other parks when campers find the sites they want are full, to create more awareness of other parks.

She said Parks will also close loopholes people have found in the online reservation system that allow them to book weeks ahead.

Popular sites may also see reservations reduced from a maximum of two weeks to just one week – as has already been done in some parks.

“I’m more concerned with the perception that people have that campsites are being taken over by overseas visitors,” she said.

Polak said the parks system is still 75 per cent B.C. users and 15 per cent Albertans.

Tour operators can book sites on behalf of clients, but are not allowed to book sites “on spec” she added. Those bookings will be cancelled by BC Parks, and the operator could be barred, she said.

So far BC Parks has seen 11 reports of campground scalping. In some cases people were advertising on public sale websites, and agreed to take the ads down."
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That is good news. Looks like they are aware of the problems, and are at least attempting to address them.


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Talked to Tammy yesterday and rescheduled our pickup and orientation for the 12th of September. After calling around it didn't take long to figure out that it was going to be very difficult to find a place to camp for a couple of days.
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