Campers and outdoor enthusiasts will pay more for camping and using provincial parks, starting in 2019, compared with what they paid this year.
The Ministry of Parks, Culture and Sport announced the increased fees Monday morning.
Seasonal fees for electric, non-electric and economy campsites are all going up by a few hundred dollars. Electric sites are up to $2,600 from $2,100; non-electric sites are up to $1,400 from this year’s $1,100; and economy sites went up to $1,100 from this year’s $900.
Nightly full-service and electric campsites will cost $2 more, $42 and $32, respectively.
The ministry’s park experiences director Minh Truong said the bump in fees is to cover operational costs at the province’s campsites.
“The fees help ensure we can meet our visitors’ standard of expectations.”
Outside of the peak camping season, June 24 to Sept. 2, campers will get a $5, nightly discount on any type of campsite.
Truong said his unit hopes the discount encourages more people to camp outside of the peak season.
Along with campsite fees, anyone using a provincial park will have to pay more in 2019.
An annual park pass will cost $10 more than last year, now up to $75, and a weekly pass will cost $40 which is an increase of $5.
The ministry cancelled its three-day park pass, because of low demand for it, Truong said.
The daily park pass fee of $10 isn’t changing.
Daily campsite fees for non-electric, economy and equestrian spots will stay the same at $20, $18 and $20, respectively.
Campsite reservations for 2019 will once again be staggered for each park between Monday, April 8 and Thursday, April 18.