It’s already time to make your camping plans for 2017, Parks Canada announced in a recent press release.

Parks Canada is expecting extra demand this year as the Government of Canada is celebrating the country’s 150th anniversary with free entry to all Parks Canada places, so visitors are encouraged to plan ahead and make their camping arrangements early. While camping fees remain in place, the daily admission fee to experience these places will be waived throughout 2017.

Riding Mountain National Park’s reservation system for the 2017 camping season opens Monday, Jan. 16, 2017. Campers interested in reserving a campsite, an oTENTik, or a Yurt in Wasagaming Campground can book their sites starting at 8 a.m. (CST). Reservations can be made at www.reservation.pc.gc.ca or by calling 1-877-737-3783 (1-877-RESERVE).

Parks Canada continues to improve its visitor offer with investments in infrastructure — particularly in campgrounds and day use-areas, the addition of oTENTik accommodations across the country, and even more innovative and educational events and activities. Campers reserving in the Wasagaming Campground for 2017 are sure to enjoy newly surfaced roads, upgrades to shower and washroom facilities, and the addition of electric and/or water services to an additional 128 campsites.

Canada’s national parks are gateways to nature, adventure, and discovery. Parks Canada brings iconic Canadian experiences within your reach through reasonable rates and a range of camping options for the 2017 visitor season.

“Parks Canada is inviting Canadians and visitors from around the world to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary at our national treasures. With a unique Parks Canada experience awaiting campers of all interests only a few hours from Winnipeg, planning a getaway to this beautiful location is a great way to kick off 2017,” said Catherine McKenna, minister of environment and climate change, who’s responsible for Parks Canada.