May 14, 2014 3:24 pm

Long weekend marks start to camping season in Saskatchewan

Saskatchewan provincial parks open for the season on Thursday but leave the booze at home for the May long weekend.

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SASKATOON – The long weekend in May means the start of camping season in Saskatchewan with provincial parks opening on Thursday.

As part of opening weekend, an alcohol ban will be in place from May 15-19 inclusive, which affects all campgrounds and picnic areas within provincial parks and recreational areas.

The ban also extends to the 25 regional parks in Saskatchewan but does not affect cottages or commercial business in provincial parks.

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There may be reduced services at some parks, which may include precautionary drinking water advisories. Campers should check ahead at SaskParks for a list of available services at each park.

“Our parks are very popular and we know that campers are looking forward to replacing memories of a long, cold winter and late spring with summer fun,” said Kevin Doherty, minister of parks, culture and sport.

The express check-in pilot program launched in 2013 has been expanded and now includes Duck Mountain, Cypress Hills, Pike Lake, Greenwater, Douglas and The Battlefords provincial parks.

Campers who have pre-purchased their annual transferable vehicle entry permit will be able to drop the express check-in tear off at a station and proceed directly to their campsite.

During the year, the province will be investing $14.9 million in capital projects at some parks including electrical expansion, service and visitor centre replacements and water system upgrades.

Details on specific projects will be announced at a later date.

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