Manitobans will be able to begin reserving campsites within provincial parks next week.
Environment, Climate and Parks Minister Jeff Wharton says reservations for provincial park campgrounds, yurts, cabins and group-use areas will begin on Monday, April 4th with expanded staggered launch dates and technical improvements for easier site bookings.
The Manitoba parks reservation service will accept bookings in five phases:
- April 4, beginning at 7 am for all cabins, yurts and group-use areas;
- April 6, beginning at 7 am for campsite reservations at Birds Hill, Falcon Beach, Falcon Lakeshore and West Hawk Lake;
- April 8, beginning at 7 am for campsite reservations at all western and northern region parks (Asessippi, Bakers Narrows, Clearwater Lake, Duck Mountain, Manipogo, Paint Lake, Rainbow Beach, Rivers, Spruce Woods, Turtle Mountain, William Lake and Wekusko Falls);
- April 11, beginning at 7 am for campsite reservations at Grand Beach, Nopiming and all remaining Whiteshell campgrounds (Caddy Lake, Big Whiteshell, Brereton Lake, Nutimik Lake, Opapiskaw, Otter Falls, Betula Lake and White Lake); and
- April 13, beginning at 7 am for all remaining locations (Birch Point, Camp Morton, Hecla, Hnausa Beach, Lundar Beach, Moose Lake, St. Malo, Stephenfield, Watchorn and Winnipeg Beach).
Policy changes have also been made to increase opportunities for yurt and cabin stays. A maximum stay in a cabin or yurt has been reduced to seven nights from 14. Cabins, yurts and group-use areas will be limited to two reservations per session on opening day, down from three. The number of campsite reservations remains at three per session on opening days.
While short-term changes have been made to help improve this year's opening day booking experience, users may continue to experience system delays or wait times. To accommodate the expected high demand on April 4th, online and call centre services will begin at 7 am at https://prspub.gov.mb.ca/ , 204-948-3333 (in Winnipeg) and 1 888-482-2267 (toll free). Customers are advised to check the website for call centre hours on other days and those making online reservations should confirm their user IDs and passwords prior to April 1st. While online or call centre reservations are preferred, walk-in reservations and in-person payment arrangements can be made at 200 Saulteaux Cres. in Winnipeg and will be available beginning April 4th Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.
Manitobans are reminded that 2022 annual park vehicle permits are now available to purchase and print online at www.manitobaelicensing.ca/licensing.page .
"Manitoba is home to 92 provincial parks, where every year Manitobans and visitors come to enjoy the spectacular beauty our province has to offer," says Wharton. "Our government understands that having easily accessible operations of the parks reservation service is part of the experience and we have implemented short-term changes to help improve this year's bookings. We want to thank visitors for their patience as we work diligently on implementing a new reservation system for future seasons."
While the province continues to implement a new system with the aim to have it in place by 2023, several technical improvements have been made to the existing parks reservation service to address challenges users have experienced in previous years.
- additional computing resources added to increase system performance;
- improvements to increase stability of the queue and reduce the likelihood of users losing their place in line; and
- immediate confirmations at time of booking provided by web page messaging with a confirmation email sent within 24 hours to help speed up performance of the service.
In addition, the province has scheduled two additional launch days to help spread out the user load on the system. Instead of three launch days, initial bookings will be staggered across five days.
Click here for tips and advice for using the Parks reservation service on opening days.