600 new campsites coming to provincial parks and recreation sites across B.C.

Tourism Minister announced half of the new spots to 13 most popular provincial parks

The province announced it is adding 600 more camping spots to its most popular BC Parks.

Tourism Minister Lisa Beare, MLA for Pitt Meadows-Maple Ridge, along with Environment Minister George Heyman made the announcement at the popular Golden Ears Provincial Park in Maple Ridge on Thursday.

The spots will range from walk-in tent sites to marine ones, targeting regions with the highest demand: the Lower Mainland, Thompson-Okanagan, Kootenay Rockies and Mount Robson.

Roughly 360 new spots will be added across 13 provincial parks, while 232 will be constructed at 12 recreation sites.

It’s a regular occurrence for Golden Ears park to fill up mid-day during the spring and summer seasons.

READ MORE: Reservations opening for campsites around B.C.

READ MORE: Busy weekend of camping in Golden Ears Provincial Park

According to the province, BC Parks see 21 million visitors each year.

Joss Penny, chair of the Camping and RVing BC Coalition, said she welcomes the additional spots to help ease what can be a highly-competitive booking experience.

“With over one million campers from B.C., Alberta and Washington expected to camp or RV throughout British Columbia in 2019, this will help ease some of the pressure of locating places to stay in high demand locations,” Penny said.

Additional campsites for the 2019 season

The 13 campgrounds in BC Parks with 362 additional sites:

  • 65 sites (20 walk in, 15 drive in and 30 marine) at Golden Ears park near Maple Ridge
  • 60 sites in two new loops at Fintry Park near Vernon
  • 40 sites in two new loops at Kentucky Alleyne Park near Merritt
  • 35 sites at Stawamus Chief Park near Squamish
  • 30 sites in Martha Creek Park near Revelstoke
  • 25 small cabins at Cultus Lake near Chilliwack
  • 21 sites in a new loop at Robson River Campground in Mount Robson Park near Valemount
  • 19 sites in Mount Fernie Provincial Park near Fernie
  • 18 sites at Pyramid Campground in Wells Gray Park near Clearwater
  • 18 tent pad sites at Kokanee Creek Park near Nelson
  • 12 sites at Monck Park near Merritt
  • 10 tent pad sites at Tantalus Park near Squamish
  • Nine sites in the Homestead Campground at Herald Park near Salmon Arm

The 12 recreation sites with 232 additional sites include:

  • 43 sites at Lundbom East and West near Merritt
  • 32 sites at Howard Lake near 100 Mile House
  • 30 sites at Turner Road near Nakusp
  • 29 sites at Grizzly Lake near Vernon
  • 23 sites at Bear Creek near Kelowna
  • 15 sites at Lodgepole Lake near Logan Lake
  • 13 sites at Boer Mountain/Kager Lake near Burns Lake
  • 10 sites at Bear Creek near Harrison Hot Springs
  • 10 sites at Horse Creek near Valemount
  • 10 sites at Saskum Lake South near Barriere
  • 10 sites at Nyland near Quesnel
  • Seven sites at Tabor-Dougherty near Prince George

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