B.C. Parks budget to increase by $83 million over three years

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B.C. parks expects to add 185 camping sites in 2021

Campers at Elfin Lakes Trails in Garibaldi Provincial Park on Aug.15 2020. (Shutterstock)
British Columbia will pump $83 million over three years into its parks for new campsites and to expand trails and accessibility as the province had a record-breaking year for camping reservations last year.

Environment Minister George Heyman says it will mean the capital budget for parks will increase by 57 per cent, while the operating budget will go up an average of 22 per cent for each of the three years.

He says parks have become all the more important during the pandemic in the province, which has prioritized campsite bookings for B.C. residents until July 8, when people outside of B.C. will be permitted to make reservations, pending any travel restrictions.

About 185 camping sites are expected to be added to B.C. parks this year, including a fully serviced, 90-site campground expected to open in Manning Park near Hope this summer…