December 31, 2015 12:22 pm
Updated: January 6, 2016 10:04 pm

Parks Canada camping reservations open early this year

WATCH ABOVE: This year, you can book your site reservation online at Canada's national parks earlier than ever before. Emily Mertz has the details.


If you’re looking to plan a trip to one of the country’s best-loved campgrounds or historic sites, and you want to secure the perfect spot months in advance, Parks Canada’s announcement it will open reservations early should help with your itinerary.

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In an effort to make planning easier, Parks Canada will open reservations starting in January. The earliest is Jan. 5 in some British Columbia sites, followed by Alberta’s Jasper National Park Jan. 13. The 2016 and 2017 reservation options and operating dates will be posted here as they become available.

See details of specific dates and times reservations open during the period of April 2016 through to March 2017 for locations across all provinces here

Reservations are already open (where applicable) for visits anytime up until March 2016.

“Whether it be a fully-serviced campsite, roofed accommodation, an interpretive guided hike or a remote backcountry experience, visitors can plan their experience with confidence and travel at ease, with the peace of mind of a guaranteed place at their favourite location,” Parks Canada said of its 27 national parks across Canada. The organization said close to 20 million visitors have travelled to its 44 national parks and 168 national historic sites across Canada as of September 2015, an increase of five per cent since the previous year.

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If you prefer to call for reservations, you can reach Parks Canada reservations at 1-877-RESERVE (1-877-737-3783) from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. local park time (except from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. in Newfoundland) or try the Parks Canada national information line for more general information at 1-888-773-8888.

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