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British Columbia Provincial legislator Andrew Weaver is cautiously pleased with recent changes to camping reservation system in provincial parks, the Oak Bay News reported.

Changes to the BC Parks Discover Camping Reservation Service for the 2017 season aim to improve fair access for everyone looking to book a campsite provincial parks.

“They listened and I’m pleased that they listened,” the Oak Bay-Gordon legislator said. “I don’t mind giving them credit for doing the right thing.”

For 2017, the ministry nixed the mid-March opening day for reservations and the three-month rolling reservation window will be extended. As of Jan. 2, reservations can be made four months in advance of an individual campground’s first reservable date.

Other changes include new measures to prevent the reselling of reservations, restrictions around altering arrival dates to prevent the practice of ‘overbooking’ where coveted reservations, including long-weekends, are unfairly secured, and implementing a pilot project in select parks to reduce the maximum length of stay to seven days during the peak camping season.

The changes are in response to a record-breaking camping season, where sites were booked far in advance and people felt left out. Others complained that people were snapping up campsites and re-selling reservations for profit.

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