Despite a cooler summer Manitoba campsite reservations were up this year. A report issued Aug. 28 showed an 8.6% increase with more than 58,000  reservations, according to CJOB-TV, Winnipeg.

Minister Stan Struthers said he had hoped eliminating park entry fees might pay off and indeed it has. He says the number of occupied campsites is up 2.6 % over the same period last year.