After a record-setting attendance summer, Saskatchewan's provincial parks are gearing up for another great year.
The 2014 summer camping season will mark the third year that nightly campers will be able to book sites online, using SaskParks’ Reserve-A-Site system or through the reservation call centre.
The online reservation system has processed more than 60,000 bookings in each of the last two camping seasons. The online system will open March 3, with specific park reservation opening dates staggered throughout the week. Check out www.saskparks.net for details.
Families camping this summer will face fee increases to cover the services provided to an increasing number of visitors. Changes will affect nightly and seasonal camping rates, and adjustments have also been made to swimming pool entry and swimming lesson fees.
Rates for 2014 are as follows:
Nightly – electric – increase from $22 to $27
Nightly - full service – increase from $26 to $35
Nightly - non-electric – remains unchanged at $17
Seasonal - electric – increase from $1,500 to $1,900
Seasonal – non electric – increase from $760 to $950
Swimming lessons – increase from $25 to $35
“Saskatchewan provincial parks are premiere tourism destinations in Saskatchewan and we continue to see more visitors than ever before,” Parks, Culture and Sport Minister Kevin Doherty said. “We have also been working hard to improve our visitors’ park experience. Since 2007, many parks have received upgrades and more are planned for this coming year.”
Costs to operate the provincial parks have increased 42 per cent since 2007 and this represents the first fee adjustment since the 2009 camping season.
Applications for seasonal camping are now available online at www.saskparks.net. Seasonal camping offers the opportunity to secure a campsite from May to September.
This very popular program is available at 21 provincial parks. Sites are allocated by a lottery system. The deadline for applications for a seasonal site is Thurs., Jan. 30. Seasonal sites will be awarded on Feb. 3.