From The Vancouver Sun:
Camping fees at B.C. provincial parks to rise
VICTORIA — It will cost more to camp in a provincial park this spring, after fee hikes unveiled by the government Thursday.
The nightly rate at many of B.C.’s provincial park campgrounds will increase between $2 and $5, starting March 15 when the online reservation system opens, said Environment Minister Mary Polak.
“We’re providing a quality service,” she said. “The investment is going into the parks.”
Of B.C.’s 204 provincial campgrounds, the price rises $2 at 141, and between $3 and $5 at 50, according to Polak’s ministry.
“Our rates still compare very well with private sector campgrounds, in most areas they are cheaper,” she said.
Prices had already increased in 2003, 2008 and 2010.
The cost of a night at Golden Ears Park in Maple Ridge, one of the closest campgrounds to Vancouver, has risen almost 89 per cent in the past 14 years, from a rate of $18.50 in 2001 to $35 a night starting in March.
There are also reservation fees and costs for additional vehicles in campgrounds. However, the government said it intends to keep free parking at the campsites — a promise of Premier Christy Clark after she took power in 2011.