Visitors can soon reserve campsites throughout the year at Garibaldi Provincial Park, a popular backcountry destination for outdoor enthusiasts along the Sea-to-Sky corridor.
Beginning on Jan. 2, 2018, reservations will be required year-round in all areas of Garibaldi, with the exception of Red Heather campground, which is only accessible during the winter.
Year-round reservations are required for campsites at Garibaldi Lake, Taylor Meadows, Elfin Lake, Helm, Cheakamus Lake and Singing Creek campgrounds, which were previously only available to reserve during peak season.
Four additional backcountry campgrounds will be available to reserve year-round in the new year through the BC Parks Discover Camping Reservation Service.
The new campgrounds being added to the reservation system are:
- Rampart Ponds Campground: 12 tent pads
- Russet Lake Campground: seven tent pads
- Wedgemount Campground: 20 tent pads
- Red Heather Campground: 15 tent pads
Red Heather Campground remains available for winter camping reservations only, from Dec. 1 to April 30, as it is otherwise not open to the public. This particular area requires snow to camp on, so the fragile ground below is preserved.
By making sites available for reservation throughout the year, sensitive ecosystems and the surrounding environment are protected from overuse by ensuring campers remain on designated tent sites. Year-round reservations also help provide more flexibility and certainty for travellers planning trips, as demand for the area grows.
Garibaldi Provincial Park moved to a reservation system in May 2016, due to growing visitor numbers, and to help in trip planning. Camping in Garibaldi Provincial Park is permitted in designated campsites only. Camping is not permitted in other park locations, such as Panorama Ridge.
Approximately half of all BC Parks camping opportunities remain on a first-come, first-served basis. Download a map of the park to start planning your next trip.
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