Upcoming enhancements to BC Parks digital services

BC Parks invites British Columbians to participate in the redesign of its digital services as the journey of many people seeking outdoor experiences begins online.

People can participate in the redesign to create a more user-friendly and inclusive online experience through bcparks.ca. A key feature of the redesign is to improve the online reservation system with expanded functionality. Feedback can be shared via the new test site at beta.bcparks.ca.

“Each year, more people get out and connect with nature and green spaces in our beautiful BC parks. It is key to our health and well-being,” said George Heyman, Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy. “We have been engaging with people over the past two years and we have heard the call for better booking service and the need to create a more reliable and easy to use service system.”

Open March 21, 2022, the new reservation service will be available on the BC Parks website and will include key features such as:

  • more flexible search options for finding and booking a campsite;
  • maps, calendars and lists of available sites for faster navigation;
  • booking preferences and locations stored in customer accounts; and
  • up to five large photos per campsite.

People can book camping at most campgrounds two months before their desired arrival date. Reservations for group campsites open March 24 for the rest of the year and reservations for the popular Lake Bowron Canoe Tour will open in early April, with availability between May and September. The Berg Lake Trail does not have a scheduled opening date due to damage from severe summer flooding.

“We live in a province where people deeply appreciate parks and the environment,” said Kelly Greene, Parliamentary Secretary for the Environment. “We are all looking forward to another summer of camping and outdoor recreation, and demand for campsites in popular locations will continue to be high. The improved website and reservation system will make the camping experience in British Columbia even better.

The new BC Parks demo site is live and previews design work and improvements. New content and features will be added to the site over the coming months. People can also register to join future focus groups to help inform the future of all BC Parks digital products and services.

“Power To Be believes that nature should be accessible to all ages, abilities and backgrounds, so we are excited to partner with BC Parks in redesigning their digital services to provide a more user-friendly experience across all of their products and online platforms. ,” said Carinna Kenigsberg, Director of Programs and Impact, Power To Be. “By directly removing barriers that prevent people from learning, recreating and camping in nature, this work – which by design invited those with a variety of lived experiences – advances inclusion and access to our shared provincial parks in a meaningful way. path.”

Fast facts:

  • BC Parks has over 10,000 bookable day and night accommodations available. These range from day passes, parking permits and campsites to backcountry permits, a world class canoe tour, picnic shelters, backcountry cabins and a yurt.
  • The demand for reservations has increased by more than 200% over the past decade.

Learn more:

Visit the BC Parks website: https://bcparks.ca/

Share your thoughts on the new website design: https://beta.bcparks.ca/

For more information on camping reservations, visit: https://bcparks.ca/reserve/

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