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Old 05-25-2020, 01:11 PM   #1
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BC Campsites are open.

The ongoing banshee sound that sounded like a williwaw sweeping down from the mountains was probably my 2 1/2 hours of screaming at the discoverbc website.

I got every kind of dead end known to computers. Timeouts, error messages ad nauseum. The list of provincial parks showed some, but not all, open for day use from May 14 and open for camping on June 1. However, at 7 am reservation opening time, those that weren't open for day use previously still showed as not being available for camping. In the end, magically, we ended up with the park and site that we wanted, probably about a nanosecond before we were ready to give up.

So, yes, parks are open, even those ones that showed as not opening on June 1. Maybe after the initial rush is over the website will improve but it was a massive exercise in frustration.

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Worth noting again that BC Parks campsites are only open to BC residents.
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Old 05-25-2020, 01:19 PM   #3
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Ron, we had similar experiences.

like you, we managed to get two different trips - different parks and the sites we wanted

not my favourite way to spend Monday morning .... but we hit the road next Monday
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media reports 50,000 of us online at 7:00 am
27,000 reservations made
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Old 05-25-2020, 01:41 PM   #5
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A Williwaw ? I'll be right up. Oh wait, there's that border crossing thing, and think they just closed down Utah and Colorado.
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media reports 50,000 of us online at 7:00 am
27,000 reservations made
I'm waiting for a while before I reserve, maybe try reserving for late Aug. into early Sept. If their is a spike in cases then it will be all for nought if they decide to start closing down things again. Hopefully not but the speed in which things were shut down in March leaves me nervous that they won't do it again.
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Old 05-25-2020, 03:59 PM   #7
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Worth noting again that BC Parks campsites are only open to BC residents.
Good point. Even my sister who lives a few miles from the border in WA can't use the parks, even with her Canadian passport.

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not my favourite way to spend Monday morning .... but we hit the road next Monday
Us too, bright and early. Make hay while the sun shines. Who knows if they'll remain open all summer if the anticipated second wave hits.

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Us too, took forever.

Got a few nights at Elk Falls near Campbell River mid July. Wanted Rathtrevor...no go.

Camping with family from Cowichan Bay.

Then we booked a private RV park near Tofino ( not sure when/ if) the national park will be open...and seeing as we were already on the island..smart time to do it.

You can only book 2 months in advance, so my August Manning Park sites arenít available yet.

Very very frustrating morning for many of us.
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Old 05-25-2020, 07:08 PM   #9
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Having a similar experience in AZ, Ron. Booked a State Park campsite online about two weeks ago for 31st and everything went fine and completed. Campground is showing open. Then received notice first part of this week that they were cancelling my reservation because they booked over restrictions.
Fortunately, caught another commercial campground that just opened and had space.
I guess no guarantees even if they allow for reservations at the moment.
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Old 05-25-2020, 08:59 PM   #10
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I spent 3 hours and wound up with 2 out of 4 nights for first week of July. Very glitchy!
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You B.C. folks are like the NZ'ders and Hawaiians right now. Enjoy this moment of exclusivity before the hordes come back.
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We can book after June 30-- but no guarantee we can go. I've had two reservations cancelled already and another coming up in June and then in July. But Washington is telling Canadians not to reserve until the border opens as they will not refund you if it doesn't open in time. (Unless it is already an existing reservation.)
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Old 05-25-2020, 10:42 PM   #13
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BC Parks Reservations

I was ready and logged into the BC Parks website at 6:55 this morning.....until it crashed at 7:03!
It crashed many more times after that as I had a site ready and then i'd get a message that it was already taken.
After much frustration (I knew it was slow since every Tom, Dick, and Harry were trying to get reservations as well) I managed to book Kekuli Bay and Okanagan Lake for next month. Only took 4hrs and 23 min!
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Washington is telling Canadians not to reserve until the border opens as they will not refund you if it doesn't open in time. (Unless it is already an existing reservation.)

And, the BC government is saying they don't expect the border to open any time soon and if Canadians head south, they will face 14 days of quarantine when they return.

We get US news up here. We see what is going on in Alabama and elsewhere.
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Old 05-26-2020, 01:39 AM   #15
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Ontario Resident Coming for Pickup!!!

I coming to pick up my trailer hopefully early June. So as an Ontario resident, I understand I cannot camp at BC Provincial Parks, but does that include private campgrounds

Any comment on Alberta? Can I camp at Alberta Provincial Parks or Alberta Private Campgrounds. I really badly wanted to camp at Banff.

I would really like to camp a couple nights to make sure everything is good with the trailer before leaving the area.

I spent a few hours looking at websites, but so much information and it keeps changing. When it gets closer, I'll just have to call the private campgrounds. Any comments would be appreciated.
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Campground reservations in Alberta Provincial Parks can only be made by Alberta residents. You may be able to find a place at a private campground. As of now, National Parks are not open for camping, so Banff is not a choice.

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I coming to pick up my trailer hopefully early June. So as an Ontario resident, I understand I cannot camp at BC Provincial Parks, but does that include private campgrounds

Any comment on Alberta? Can I camp at Alberta Provincial Parks or Alberta Private Campgrounds. I really badly wanted to camp at Banff.

I would really like to camp a couple nights to make sure everything is good with the trailer before leaving the area.

I spent a few hours looking at websites, but so much information and it keeps changing. When it gets closer, I'll just have to call the private campgrounds. Any comments would be appreciated.
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Old 05-26-2020, 11:16 AM   #17
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It crashed many more times after that as I had a site ready and then i'd get a
One interesting thing that we learned from this experience is the miserable opportunistic SOB that grabbed that campsite you were trying for was you. Several times after failing to complete the process we went back in and sure enough, someone had grabbed the site, it showed no longer available. Then we discovered that if you log out and back in and check availability for that site it magically was available. So it looks like, even though you couldn't complete the reservation process, it holds your selection as reserved.

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I coming to pick up my trailer hopefully early June. So as an Ontario resident, I understand I cannot camp at BC Provincial Parks, but does that include private campgrounds
Most private campgrounds followed provincial guidelines for staying closed until June 1st. Whether they accept out of province people may be an individual choice. A few phone calls would clear that up.

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I have just completed my booking for a trip to Ottawa in September. Manitoba and Ontario will accept reservations from anyone, Sask .,Alberta and B.C. from residents only.
I have found Private, and Municipal campsites in the 3 western provinces. If you wish to P.M. me, I would be happy to share my info with you.
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I have just completed my booking for a trip to Ottawa in September. Manitoba and Ontario will accept reservations from anyone, Sask .,Alberta and B.C. from residents only.
I have found Private, and Municipal campsites in the 3 western provinces. If you wish to P.M. me, I would be happy to share my info with you.
Just be aware that if you camp in MB you may still have to self isolate for two weeks. Coming in from ON or SK only those people intending to pass through our province do not have to self isolate as long as they stop only gas and food passing through, no touring around.

I got out to our closest provincial park last week for a couple of days and it was wonderfully quiet, the birds were about the only noise until the day they cut the grass.
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This could be interesting. A Canadian purchaser picking up their trailer, having to go down to Sumas, Wa for delivery to bypass provincial quarantine rules.....and then having to return to Ontario via US?
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