Fox Lake Campground

A campsite at Yukon’s Fox Lake Campground. Camping fees will go up for the first time in 20 years in Yukon, beginning this coming season. (Paul Tukker/CBC)

There will be a noticeable change to camping in the Yukon this year, at least, when it comes to booking, according to the CBC.

Camping fees are going up in the territory for the first time in 20 years.

By bringing up the price, the government said it hopes to double its current recovery of costs from 10% to 20%.

Yukon Parks director Mike Etches said the services the camping fees help cover include opening the campgrounds, cleaning the outhouses, providing firewood and the interpretive programs, as well as providing park rangers and officers. Fees also help cover visitor safety and the cost of the administrative system.

Starting this year, campers will also be able to pay online for a daily campground permit, using the same website currently used to buy annual campground permits and fishing licenses.

“We’ll take our very affordable system and make it more accessible and provide a bit more surety for people who would like to go and visit our campgrounds,” he said. “We’re going to see if the reservation system is going to work in the Yukon.”

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