Golden Ears Provincial Park on Maple Ridge’s north border, draws thousands per year. (THE NEWS/files)

B.C. Parks adding sites at Golden Ears Provincial Park

Touts new reservation system improvements

Campers at Golden Ears Provincial Park will find more campsites and an improved reservation system, according to the Environment Ministry.

“Through the Campground Expansion Program, we are developing additional campsites in the park, including 35-40 new sites within existing campgrounds and approximately 30 new marine-access sites on Alouette Lake,” said David Karn, with the Ministry of Environment.

These new campsites will be open to the public for this coming camping season. The marine-access sites will be available for people to boat into, and the eastern shores of the lake.

He noted that the government has made a commitment to retain the current reservation inventory at Golden Ears park at 85 per cent for this coming camping season, so there will be 15 per cent of the sites that the public can drive into.

It would have been 100 per cent reservation, but a group of self-styled “unhappy campers,” have been leading a public protest of the tot reservation system.

B.C. Parks is targeting a move to a Tier 1 reservation system this coming summer, which will improve real-time access to campsites as they become available, said Karn.

“Campers will be able to check the website and see if any sites are available instead of having to travel to the campground and wait in a queue for potential campsite vacancies,” he said.

“With the updated reservation system, any cancellations will be immediately made available for campers looking for last minute campsite booking.”

Angela Massey and others protesting the move to full reservations say there should be a policy around reservations and drive-ups for the entire province.

Karn said there is no formal province-wide policy to determine reservation levels as the number of reservable sites at any given campground or park is driven by consumer demand and in alignment with B.C. Parks’ mandate to manage the land sustainably. B.C. Parks adjusts reservable inventory on a case-by-case basis in response to occupancy demand.

“B.C. Parks will be monitoring the implementation of Tier 1 for this coming summer, and is exploring opportunities for visitor feedback on the improvements,” he added.

Just Posted

Burrards lose in Victoria

Maple Ridge WLA squad hosts Salmonbellies on Sunday

UPDATE: Multiple fires along the railway tracks in Pitt Meadows

Firefighters asking CP rail to close tracks

Maple Ridge coaches and players on Team BC

Heading to California tournament with 15U team

Maple Ridge woman reported missing now located

Police have spoken with Karen Gorrie, reported missing in May

Golden Ears Bridge at 10: Community had called for a crossing for decades

From nothing, to the Albion Ferry, to the bridge was a long wait

Dog at Maple Ridge SPCA needs spinal surgery

Miniature pinscher has painful condition known as Wobbler Syndrome.

MPs hear retired B.C. nurse’s petition to change compensation for fatal medical errors

Teri McGrath wants provinces to implement no-fault system for medical errors

Horgan says he’ll still defend B.C. coast after second Trans Mountain approval

Meanwhile, one B.C. First Nation has announced plans for a legal challenge

Metro Vancouver’s air quality could be the worst yet this wildfire season

As wildfire season approached, Metro Vancouver experts predict the air will be an issue for many

Demonstrators on either side of Trans Mountain debate clash in Vancouver

Crowd heard from member of Indigenous-led coalition that hopes to buy 51% of expansion project

Grieving B.C. mom hopes Facebook message leads to new investigation into son’s Surrey homicide

Criminal Justice Branch didn’t lay charges, concluding no substantial likelihood of murder or manslaughter conviction

B.C.’s measles vaccination program gains traction in May

More than 15,000 doses of the MMR vaccine has been administered across the province

B.C. farmers concerned Agricultural Land Reserve changes choking their livelihood

Dozens voice concerns at special meeting hosted on Vancouver Island

UPDATE: Two-year-old involved in Chilliwack pool drowning has died

Toddler was reported to not be breathing as air ambulance called out Thursday afternoon

Most Read