Alberta’s new online campground reservation service starts on Friday (May 1) for over 2,800 campsites in 25 popular campgrounds.

They can be can be made online at www.Reserve.AlbertaParks.ca. 

“Alberta’s new online reservation service provides peace of mind to travellers who won’t have to take their chances on finding a campsite,” said Premier Ed Stelmach. “It will make our provincial campgrounds easier to access.” 

In a 2007 survey of Alberta campers, nearly 80% said they prefer to use the Internet to research campsites. Before making a reservation online, visitors can select an individual campsite on a map, research campsite size and features such as nearby trails, firepit location, and proximity to washrooms. The website provides a 360-degree panoramic view of each campsite and campground. 

“Today’s announcement represents just the beginning of our new online campground reservation service,” said Cindy Ady, minister of tourism, parks and recreation. “For this first year, we chose some of our most popular campgrounds, many of which are close to major cities and highways. We plan on adding more campgrounds to the online service in the future.” 

The province is investing $8.4 million in the first phase of the new online campground reservation service and in a new dedicated contact center to support the online service. Costs of the service include the development of maps, panoramic photography and other visuals for the campsites, as well as expanding the SuperNet to include the campgrounds on the reservation system 

It will cost approximately $1.8 million to operate the new reservation service in 2009/2010. This includes maintaining the reservation service, increasing permit booth operations in the parks and extending contact center hours. 

The online campground reservation service is one of the priority actions outlined in Alberta’s Plan for Parks. This new plan will guide the management of provincial parks by working with Albertans to balance conservation and recreation objectives for the parks.