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Manitoba campgrounds full for August long weekend

Campgrounds across Manitoba are full or nearly full on the August long weekend. File / Global News

WINNIPEG – If you were thinking about celebrating Manitoba’s first Terry Fox Day with a camping trip, you may be too late.

Campers who didn’t make plans ahead of time will have a hard time finding a spot to pitch a tent, with only 159 sites available Saturday night at the 42 provincial park campgrounds as of 9 a.m. Friday, according to the Manitoba Parks reservation website.

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The majority of the remaining sites are in Nopiming Provincial Park, Duck Mountain Provincial Park and in more remote areas of the province. They include sites at Watchorn Provincial Park north of Ashern in the Interlake, Paint Lake Provincial Park near Thompson, Man., Moose Lake and Birch Point provincial parks in the southeast corner of the province, Wekusko Falls Provincial Park north of Lake Winnipeg and Rainbow Beach Provincial Park on Dauphin Lake.

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The August long weekend is the busiest time in the camping season, a spokesman for the province said, and reservations are up four per cent over last year’s August long weekend.

Year to date reservations at provincial park campgrounds are up 5.6 per cent over the same time last year.

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