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BC Parks Campsite Bookings in the Okanagan Down From Last Year, Some Trails Remain Closed

Campsite reservations in BC Parks’ Okanagan region have decreased this year compared to last. There are 1,400 reservations for the May long weekend, down from 1,600 at the same time in 2023.

Despite the decline, Okanagan campgrounds remained in high demand last holiday weekend. Most parks are fully booked, and BC Parks is encouraging campers to use the Notify Me service. This service sends an email notification if a campsite becomes available, providing information on dates that can be booked. Campers must still go through the reservation service to confirm the booking.

Bear Creek Provincial Park campground was open last long weekend. However, the Bear Creek hiking trails across Westside Road are closed due to the McDougall Creek wildfire. These trails will remain closed for the rest of the 2024 season.

Several other provincial parks in the region were also affected by wildfires. In the South Okanagan, the east part of the South Okanagan Grasslands Protected area will also remain closed throughout 2024. Cathedral Park is currently closed and will stay closed until snow melts and officials can determine which areas can be reopened.

BC Parks has noted that many alpine trails are still not accessible due to lingering snow. Backcountry enthusiasts are advised to return in the summer when conditions are more favorable for remote hiking destinations.

In a Castanet report last week, it was mentioned that Myra-Bellevue Park’s trestles are now open for the season. However, they are still undergoing upgrades. Park users should be mindful of construction signs and follow any instructions to slow down or stop.

Campfires are not currently banned in the Kamloops Fire Centre. However, BC Parks advises campers to check with their local jurisdictions, such as municipalities or First Nations, as they may have their own fire restrictions in place.

Despite the reduction in reservations, the ongoing closures and upgrades indicate that BC Parks is actively managing and maintaining the parks for future use. The impact of wildfires and seasonal conditions on the accessibility of trails highlights the importance of checking for updates before planning outdoor activities.

The high demand for camping reservations and the continued closure of certain trails and parks reflect the dynamic nature of outdoor recreation in the Okanagan. Campers are encouraged to plan ahead and stay updated on park conditions to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience.

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