Fees at Shuswap provincial campgrounds going up

The most pricey campground in the region will cost campers $32 a night in 2015.

  • Jan. 28, 2015 2:00 p.m.

The most pricey campground in the region will cost campers $32 a night in 2015.

The B.C. Liberal government has increased the cost of camping at provincial parks by between $2 and $5.

The Ministry of Environment said the increase is the first since 2010.

The most expensive campsite in the region, at $32 a night, is at Herald Park on Shuswap Lake. That is slightly less than the top rate in B.C. of $35 a night.

The cost of camping at Adams Lake has increased from $11 to $13. Many of the smaller marine or walk-in camping sites are now $18 per night.

Rates for backcountry camping and use of sani-stations remain at $5, and fees for mooring buoys, picnic shelters and group camping are unchanged. Parking fees for day-use lots, a failed experiment from 10 years ago, are not being reintroduced.

The ministry says the varied-rate increases take into account local demand and economic conditions as well as private camping availability. Sought-after locations such as Cultus Lake and Shuswap Lake charge $35 a night for a site with up to four adults, while nearby private campgrounds charge higher rates.

A night under the stars at Blanket Creek and Martha Creek Provincial Parks near Revelstoke will cost $25, up from $21 last year. The weekly rate at Blanket remains the same at $100.

Fees at 40 provincial campgrounds in the Kootenay-Okanagan, Northern, South Coast and West Coast regions are increasing at least $3 a night, and 141 of B.C.’s 204 provincial campgrounds will see a $2 increase.

The province collected about $17 million from its park and recreation fees last year, while spending $22 million on direct park operating costs.

Campsite use is on the rise in B.C. since the introduction of an online reservation service called Discover Camping, which opens for the season at 9 a.m. on March 15. The system handled 133,000 reservations last year, nearly a 10-per-cent increase over 2013.

With files from Revelstoke Times Review