Canada Camping News Roundup for November 8, 2021

Canada Camping News Roundup for November 8, 2021

The Camping Life News Roundup for the week of November 8, 2021 looks at hazardous conditions at Garibaldi Provincial Park, ‘climate shelters’ in the Rocky Mountains, snowbirds, recreational trails in Alberta, cannon balls in Fortress Louisbourg, and winter camping in Saskatchewan.

Sask Parks offering winter camping booking for first time ever – Sasktoday

For the first time, select Saskatchewan provincial parks will be opening booking to campers throughout the winter, to help offer another winter option for residents to enjoy close to home.

Recreational groups given power to maintain, create trails under new bill – CBC News

Recreational user groups are being given more authority to manage and maintain trails on public lands under a new bill introduced in the Alberta legislature Tuesday.

Blast from the past: Parks Canada finds hundreds of old cannonballs at Louisbourg — some containing gunpowder – CTV News Atlantic

A battle between the British and the French is a story that is told at the Fortress Louisbourg, but remnants recently found at the old fort are physical evidence of just how intense those clashes were.

Snowbirds flock to southern Alberta campgrounds ahead of land border reopening – CTV News Calgary

BCanadian snowbirds will soon be able to reconnect with their friends and family south of the border for the first time since March 2020. Land and sea border crossings are set to reopen for fully vaccinated Canadians on November 8th.

Taste for Adventure food fest returning Nov. 1-28 in Banff, Lake Louise. – Rocky Mountain Outlook

Banff National Park’s month-long culinary celebration is returning this year from Nov. 1-28.

‘Climate shelters’ to conserve the biodiversity of the Rocky Mountains – Vaughan Today

Winter is already knocking on the doors of Banff National Park. However, not enough snowfall along the Icefields Parkway to mask the consequences of the thermal dome that hit northwest North America at the end of June.

BC Parks warns about hazardous conditions at Garibaldi Provincial Park – North Shore Daily Post

BC Parks is warning the community about hazardous conditions in the Diamond Head area of the Garibaldi Provincial Park. Expect snow, ice, and steep grades on the narrow winding mountain road.
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Province continues with provincial park plan for Alfred Bog – The Review

The process continues to designate the Alfred Bog as a provincial park. Personnel at the Ontario Parks branch of the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks are guiding the effort through the various regulatory stages.

Upgrade in Cultus Lake Provincial Park aimed at relieving parking pressure – The Chilliwack Progress

An upgrade to a parking lot in Cultus Lake Provincial Park is on the way to improve access to Teapot Hill.

St. Clair campground, golf course prices set to increase in 2022 – The Observer

The cost of golf course memberships, golf cart memberships and seasonal campground fees will increase in St. Clair Township in 2022.

New nighttime Banff Gondola experience uses lights, sound and video projection – CTV News Calgary

Visitors to Banff this winter will be able to experience a new attraction that uses the Banff Gondola to explore the town’s Indigenous roots.

Close cougar encounter in Canmore prompts warning – St. Albert Today

A cougar followed two hikers and their dog at close range during a scary 20-minute ordeal in the Three Sisters last Friday evening, prompting an official warning for residents to be extra vigilant.

Parks Canada seeks input on Cape Breton Highlands National Park management plan – Saltwire

Parks Canada is reaching out to the public for input on its management plan for Cape Breton Highlands National Park.

Backcountry access off limits to protect Jasper’s vulnerable caribou – rmotoday.com

Two dwindling caribou herds in Jasper National Park have been given a bit of a reprieve while Parks Canada continues working on plans for captive breeding the endangered species.

More than 1 million people visited Saskatchewan’s provincial parks this year – CBC News

More than a million people have been to Saskatchewan’s 36 provincial parks since May, easily beating the visitation record set in 2020.

Kananaskis park pass reaps $10 million for improvements, says Alberta minister – Lethbridge Herald

Alberta’s environment minister says a new pass for a popular Alberta mountain park has generated more than $10 million from users of Kananaskis Country.
2018 was another record year for Alberta campgrounds

2018 was another record year for Alberta campgrounds

Alberta’s online reservation system for Provincial Parks was launched in 2009. In 2017, there were a total of 163,780 online reservations. In 2018, there were a total of 171,000 online reservations broken down as follows:

  • 164,101 regular sites
  • 3,252 group sites
  • 3,638

The 2018 total exceeded all nine previous years. Although the online reservation system is only available between February and November, you can winter camp at several of the Provincial Parks.

The Government of Alberta is planning to invest $38 million in 2019 to upgrade expand, and modernize the Provincial Parks system.

Did you know?

  • Alberta’s online reservation system has close to 600,000 users.
  • The Provincial Parks system has about 250 provincial campgrounds with more than 14,000 campsites.
  • You can book reservations online for 88 Provincial campgrounds, 162 group site and 64 camping units.  Some campgrounds take online reservations on a first come, first served basis.
  • Revenues generated from camping fees are invested back into Alberta Parks.

2019 opening dates for online reservations

  • group camping – February 4th
  • comfort camping – February 11th
  • regular camping – February 19th
  • backcountry camping – February 25th

Additional Information

Another record year for Alberta campgrounds

Alberta On-line Campground Reservations

Photo Courtesy: Government of Alberta