(Alberta Parks photo).

(Alberta Parks photo).

Alberta Parks changes reservation system for campgrounds in 2022

Temperatures are set to plunge across the province — but its never too early to think about making campsite reservations for 2022.

Alberta Parks is changing its online reservation system. Instead of opening up for campground reservations on a certain day, starting on Jan. 11, the booking system will be available year-round.

“This means no more stressful launch dates and better access to campsites for all Albertans,” Alberta Parks posted to its Facebook site.

Prospective campers will now be able to reserve individual campsite 90 days in advance, or 180 days in advance for group and comfort (cabin/cabana) sites.

Advance booking can be made each morning at 9 a.m. Alberta Parks officials say this change was made to provide fair and equal access to both online and call centre users.

The province is also reducing the maximum number of consecutive nights Albertans can book at campgrounds from 16 to 10 “to enable fair and equitable access for all campers.”

Alberta Parks reports that since 2019, there has been nearly a 150 per cent increase in the number of camping transactions across the province.

According to the Alberta Parks reservation website, Albertans could still camp in one location for 16 nights, but will require multiple reservations to do so.

This should help reduce booking changes, overbooking and no-shows, “which will give more Albertans the opportunity to experience camping in our provincial parks.”

A full list of campgrounds and their first bookable day can be found at www.albertaparks.ca/rap