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.
Canada Camping News Roundup for November 1, 2021

Canada Camping News Roundup for November 1, 2021

The Camping Life News Roundup for the week of November 1, 2021 looks at provincial park rescue, black swift nests, Parks Canada ‘coasties’, Manitoba Provincial Park spending, renaming of Chilliwack Lake Provincial Park, and road improvements in Good Spirit Lake Provincial Park.

Renaming of Chilliwack Lake Provincial Park – Saskatchewan Parks

Saskatchewan Highway’s Minister Fred Bradshaw announced the completion of a $12.9 million road improvement project in the Good Spirit Lake provincial park area.

Renaming of Chilliwack Lake Provincial Park – The Cascade

On October 5, the government of British Columbia released an official statement outlining new legislation for two B.C. provincial parks. It stated that Chilliwack Lake Park and Newcastle Island Marine Park will be renamed to reflect their respective ancestral place names in order to build upon reconciliation acts with Indigenous peoples.

MB provincial parks in Westman getting upgrades – StarFM

The Manitoba government says it’s investing more than $450,000 from the Provincial Parks Endowment Fund to support improvement projects in parks across the province.

Visitors to national parks can now take ‘coasties’ to track coastal erosion – City News

Visitors to some Parks Canada locations can now be a part of the organization’s research into coastal erosion by taking a so-called coastie.

Endangered black swift nests in Johnston Canyon reach 17 year high: Parks Canada – Calgary Sun

Parks Canada says five active black swift nests were found this year at Johnston Canyon in Banff National Park, which they say is the highest recorded in 17 years and a positive sign for the endangered bird.

Sikh men created a lifeline using turbans and jackets to rescue hikers at a park – WJCT News

Two men who needed help up a steep rock in British Columbia were saved thanks to a group of Sikh men who unraveled and removed their turbans to create a makeshift rope. The steep rocks led to rough, raging waters near a waterfall.
Canada Camping News Roundup for November 1, 2021

Canada Camping News Roundup for October 11, 2021

The Camping Life News Roundup for the week of October 11, 2021 looks at BC Parks and camping in British Columbia.

Echo Lake Provincial Park in North Okanagan is expanding –

Echo Lake Provincial Park east of Vernon will be expanding by 65 hectares, thanks to an amendment to the province’s protected areas act.

Nearly $11M in roadway improvements completed at Rowan’s Ravine Provincial Park – Global News

Visitors to Rowan’s Ravine Provincial Park in Saskatchewan will notice some recent upgrades to roadways in and around the park. Paving and road improvements totalling $10.7 million were recently completed in the area.

Northern leaders questioning province’s wildfire fighting response – laronge NOW

The Chief of Red Earth Cree Nation fears fires burning in the region may continue for weeks or possibly months, and he has no idea when evacuated community members may get the green light to return home.

BC Parks announces cash for Sun-Oka Provincial Park near Penticton – Global News

The provincial government has announced $21.5 million in funding to enhance several B.C. parks, including Sun-Oka provincial park near Penticton, B.C.

Province must support Ojibway National Urban Park, say Windsor NDP – Windsor Star

Now that Parks Canada and the City of Windsor have expressed commitment to an Ojibway National Urban Park, it’s time for the provincial government to get onboard, say local NDP representatives.

New provincial park to be created on Vancouver Island to protect vital ecosystem – CHEK Watch Local

A new provincial park will soon be established on Southern Vancouver Island in an effort to protect a vital ecosystem and aiding in the conservation of threatened species.

A record 3.1 million campers visited BC Parks this season – North Shore News

The B.C. government says it has earmarked over $21 million to upgrade 10 parks across the province, part of an $83-million, three-year boost in funding to BC Parks.

Province spending $21 million on campgrounds, trails after record-breaking year – Times Colonist

The province will invest $21.5 million for new campsites and upgrades to trails and facilities after a record number of users over the past year.
BC Parks makes changes to online campsite reservations

BC Parks makes changes to online campsite reservations

BC Parks has added new features to their online reservation system on the Discover Camping website.

If your favourite campsite is already booked, you can choose to be notififed if the campsite becomes available.

If you first choice is booked, new search features will help you find available campsite in nearby BC Parks.

The new website will allow you to sign up for BC Parks newletter and event notices. More features will be added including buying firewood, ice and park merchandise ahead of your visit and buying and sending e-fift cards.

Reservation fees are not changing.

A record 253,000 reservations were made through Discover Camping in 2019 compared to 231,000 in 2018.

Additional Information

Times Colonist – B.C.’s online camping reservation system revamped

BC Parks – Discover Camping Reservation Service