The unofficial kickoff of summer this long weekend comes with campground improvements throughout Alberta, but also some closures related to last year’s historic flooding and others due to this year’s heavy snow, the Calgary Herald reported.

There’s rain in the forecast for the Victoria Day long weekend, but thousands will still head outdoors for camping, hiking and other activities.

Some campers were already out Wednesday (May 14) at Tunnel Mountain campground in Banff National Park.

“I usually camp in the other campground,” said Louie Boitano, who was reading a book at the main Tunnel Mountain campground and plans to move to one of the others once they open.

The only campgrounds open in Banff National Park are the ones at Tunnel Mountain and in Lake Louise.

“Winter has been persistent,” said Michelle Macullo, a spokeswoman for Parks Canada. “Mother Nature has told us what we are able to do. We’ve got crews really working at getting these other areas up.”

Throughout the rest of Alberta, several provincial campgrounds and recreational areas are not open for the long weekend due to snow. In southern Alberta, they include those at Lynx Creek, Chinook Lake, Livingstone Falls and Honeymoon group camp.

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