National parks open for business

NANAIMO – Reservations for Vancouver Island’s national parks now being accepted online.

Anyone dreaming of a few nights under the stars in one of Vancouver Island’s national parks, the time has come to snag that ideal campsite.

Staff at the Gulf Islands National Park Reserve in Sidney, and Long Beach’s Pacific Rim National Park Reserve began taking online campsite reservations for the season April 2.

Several improvements have been made to the online system so visitors can better shape their camping experience.

Visitors can now check the availability of their favourite sites or look at photos and maps of each site and campground to make sure they select one with the right mix of privacy, views and nearby washrooms.

Pacific Rim National Park Reserve’s West Coast Trail online reservation system opens April 17 so multi-day hikers can secure a spot on the 75-kilometre trail that fits in with their vacation schedule.

For more information, please go to www.parkscanada.gc.ca.