Camping at Joffre Lakes Provincial Park in Vancouver, will no longer be a free-for-all that leaves some people scrambling to find a place to pitch a tent, according to City News. 

Starting April 2, the province is switching to an online reservation-only system to permit the 26 sites for overnight visitors to the popular alpine area.

Steve Jones, an advocate for increased funding for British Columbia (B.C.) Parks and an outdoors blogger says the change makes sense, but will do little to fix larger pressures on B.C Parks resources.

“People want to go backcountry camping; they’re having a really hard time finding a place where they can go where some of those backcountry amenities exist,” he says.

The province estimates 170,000 people visit Joffre Lakes each year, so many people will be pushed to camp where there are fewer amenities, which can lead to increased impacts on the environment in those areas.

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