Al­berta Camp­ground book­ing to­tals one of the high­est in years

Prairie Post (East Edition) - - Alberta - CON­TRIB­UTED

Al­berta Parks’ on­line camp­site reservation sys­tem pro­cessed its high­est an­nual book­ings in a decade in 2018.

With nearly 171,000 reser­va­tions, the pro­vin­cial reservation sys­tem ex­ceeded all nine pre­vi­ous an­nual to­tals.

In­tro­duced in 2009, Re­serve.Al­ber­taParks.ca (RAP) helps bol­ster tourism and helps Al­ber­tans con­nect with na­ture and ex­pe­ri­ence the pro­vin­cial parks sys­tem.

From the quiet tran­quil­ity of lake-front com­fort cab­ins to large fam­ily-style group camp­ing to ful­la­menity park set­tings, RAP helps vis­i­tors ex­plore a wide range of op­por­tu­ni­ties, many of which have been bol­stered by the gov­ern­ment’s on­go­ing in­vest­ment to im­prove and up­grade camp­grounds.

The prov­ince is in­vest­ing $38 mil­lion this year in Al­berta’s pro­vin­cial park up­grades, ex­pan­sions and mod­ern­iza­tions through­out the sys­tem.

In 2018, the RAP sys­tem pro­cessed 164,101 reg­u­lar camp­sites, 3,251 group sites and 3,638 com­fort camp­ing units.

The 2018 to­tal ex­ceeded last year’s on­line reservation tally of 163,780.

Al­though the sys­tem is only in place be­tween Fe­bru­ary and Novem­ber, Al­ber­tans can still winter camp at a num­ber of pro­vin­cial parks listed at Al­ber­taparks.ca.

QUICK FACTS

• Al­berta’s RAP sys­tem has nearly 600,000 ac­count users.

• There are about 250 pro­vin­cial camp­grounds with more than 14,000 camp­sites in the Al­berta pro­vin­cial parks sys­tem.

• The RAP sys­tem al­lows on­line book­ing for 88 pro­vin­cial camp­grounds (the re­main­ing pro­vin­cial camp­grounds are first come, first served), 162 group camp­sites and 64 com­fort camp­ing units.

• The on­line sys­tem is mo­bile-friendly so peo­ple can book camp­sites on their mo­bile de­vices.

• To make an on­line reservation, set up an ac­count or up­date your ex­ist­ing ac­count in ad­vance of the reservation days, visit Re­serve.Al­ber­taParks.ca.

• Re­serve.Al­ber­taParks.ca camp­site open­ing dates for 2019 are:

• Feb. 4 - group camp­ing • Feb. 11 - com­fort camp­ing

• Feb. 19 - reg­u­lar camp­ing

• Feb. 25 - back­coun­try camp­ing

• Rev­enues gen­er­ated from camp­ing fees are in­vested back into Al­berta Parks.

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