Manitoba to allow staggered campground bookings next week
WINNIPEG -- The Province of Manitoba announced on Friday, that starting on May 4 Manitobans will be able to make reservations for campgrounds.
The province said staggered dates will be offered to make it easier for people to book their favourite site.
Conservation and Climate Minister Sarah Guillemard said it's because of Manitobans, that campgrounds will be open.
"It is through their dedication and actions that we are able to allow Manitobans to continue to visit our provincial parks, and we are pleased to open up our campgrounds for the season, with additional safety measures in place. I believe this is welcome news for many Manitobans and their families," said Guillemard.
The province is expecting a high demand for reservations. On Monday, the province will be opening online and call centres at 7 a.m. Manitobans can call 204-948-3333 or 1-888-482-2267.
There will also be two phases for how people can book campsites. On May 4, reservations will open for Winnipeg Beach, Betula Lake, Big Whiteshell, Brereton Lake, Caddy Lake, Falcon Beach, Falcon Lakeshore, Nutimik Lake, Opapiskaw, Otter Falls, West Hawk Lake and White Lake campgrounds.
Phase two of bookings will be on May 6, at 7 a.m. and reservations can be made for all remaining provincial campgrounds.
Campers are reminded that public health orders will remain in place and that gatherings must be limited to 10 people or less and social distancing measures should still be in place.
They are also being reminded about the travel ban north of the 53rd parallel and people in southern Manitoba are not allowed to travel to a northern campground.
The province said there will be enhanced cleaning procedures at all public washrooms and shower facilities at campgrounds.
PARKS CANADA REMINDS MANITOBANS OF CLOSURES
Parks Canada issued a reminder to Manitobans on Friday that all visitor services, visitor facilities and vehicle access are suspended at all national parks and historic sites until further notice.
Camping and other activities are also suspended until at least May 31.
Parks Canada said the measures were put in place to limit the spread of COVID-19.
"Parks Canada is aware of this week's announcement by the Government of Manitoba regarding the opening of provincial parks and campgrounds, however the Agency’s current closures at Riding Mountain National Park, including recreational fishing and boating, remain in place until further notice. Highways 10 & 19 through Riding Mountain National Park remain open for through traffic only. Parking on the side of roads is prohibited," Parks Canada said in a news release.
The agency added that it looks forward to reopening and will continue to evaluate the suspension of its services.