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Old 06-29-2016, 02:24 PM   #11
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The nightmare we call government these days is largely run by folks with administrative training but very little field experience.
When my favorite campground first went to a reservation system, there were twelve different categories depending on the type of campsite and the day of the week. The ranger told me that the state accountants had set it up based on the number of times in the previous year a particular site had been used. Needless to say, it was a nightmare for all involved with the rangers bearing the brunt of camper complaints. The fee schedule has since been greatly simplified.
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Old 06-29-2016, 02:29 PM   #12
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From what I understand, the BC Parks reservation system is run by a company out of Ontario. Again, a mdddleman / person is involved and that drives up the price of a campsite. I agree the system is laborious and flawed as many people seem to have difficulties getting a reservation. And that is with high speed internet service. I really feel for those elsewhere in the province who don't. When the bell goes and you try to get a site, they are miraculously all taken! One thing that we have noticed is the people who rent RV's from the big RV rental companies seem to get many of the good campsites. Is this by chance or does something stink here?. Like Lotar and Wendy, we are going to write a letter to the Minister responsible BC Parks to register our concerns. Will they be heard or fall on deaf ears, who knows? If enough people complain, maybe they will change the way they do business. So please pass on your concerns and suggestions to try and affect change. My thoughts.

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Old 06-29-2016, 02:35 PM   #13
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And here are the contact details for the BC Minister of Enviornment, who oversees BC Parks:

Honourable Mary Polak
PO Box 9047 Stn Prov Govt
Victoria, BC V8W 9E2

env.minister@gov.bc.ca
Telephone: 250 387-1187
Fax: 250 387-1356

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Old 06-29-2016, 02:39 PM   #14
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Fewer and fewer first come sites in Alberta as well. And I think the numbers will go down even more - I've talked to a few different campground managers, who say those sites often sit empty because everyone thinks they will be full because there are so few of them. Maybe they should have some "first come, first-serve, 1 night only" for people who are traveling
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Old 06-29-2016, 03:07 PM   #15
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I booked 2 campsites for 3 nights in August at Falls Creek in Wells Grey PP in BC,t hrough discovercamping.ca. At $23/night for each site was $138. The total bill came in at $156.90, so effectively paid $18.90 for the booking, or $9.45 per site.

I had a heck of a time using their mobile app, but when I jumped on my PC, it was quite easy.




All of this beats the crap out of the system BC PPs used to have in place where you had to go and find a campsite where someone was leaving, and beg them to let you have it next.
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Old 06-29-2016, 03:33 PM   #16
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Camping is getting expensive and a spot in a popular place is becoming very difficult to obtain. Here in California I would gladly pay $6 extra per night for a reservation if I could get one, but unless you are able to reserve 6 months in advance and are able to get on the computer soon after they become available, forget it. Plans change in 6-months and I've had to walk away from expensive reservations on the coast twice, losing the entire amount both times. Very discouraging, but somehow it's still something we all do.
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Nifty trick campers have been using here to secure a site for a long weekend is, when booking opens for the week ahead of the holiday, they reserve for a week and a half to cover the holiday. A couple days later, they cancel the first part and just keep the long weekend. They do pay a penalty for cancellation. This gets them a booking before those who think they have to wait for the holiday opening.
I suspect that BC Parks is on to this ruse and may have done something about it.
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Nifty trick campers have been using here to secure a site for a long weekend is, when booking opens for the week ahead of the holiday, they reserve for a week and a half to cover the holiday. A couple days later, they cancel the first part and just keep the long weekend. They do pay a penalty for cancellation. This gets them a booking before those who think they have to wait for the holiday opening.
I suspect that BC Parks is on to this ruse and may have done something about it.
Works down here with ReserveAmerica too, at least that's what the customer service rep told me when I asked. Problem I've run into is checking out early. The people at the campgrounds have no idea what to do to get you your refund for the unused days. Only 1 of 3 times doing so actually worked.
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. . . the system BC PPs used to have in place where you had to go and find a campsite where someone was leaving, and beg them to let you have it next.
This is exactly how we ended up getting campsites at Yellowstone & Crater Lake on our visit last fall -- not having planned down to the nth degree before we went on the trip.

Thank goodness for the USFS & BLM, and, locally, for the BC Forest Service & the timber and utility companies, although they're on a much smaller scale than the US providers.
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Nifty trick campers have been using here to secure a site for a long weekend is, when booking opens for the week ahead of the holiday, they reserve for a week and a half to cover the holiday. A couple days later, they cancel the first part and just keep the long weekend. They do pay a penalty for cancellation. This gets them a booking before those who think they have to wait for the holiday opening.
I suspect that BC Parks is on to this ruse and may have done something about it.
They've been doing a similar deal in CA for years. They'll book the Monday through Sunday for the Holiday weekend. They then pull the trailer out on Monday, set it up and leave until they come for the weekend on Friday night. Somehow they get these spaces reserved for the Holiday weeks the second the reservations open 6 mos out.
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