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Oct 20, 2022

TIABC Policy on Camping Reservations for Commercial Operators Operating in BC Parks

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Policy

Background and Context

Shortly before COVID, BC Parks quietly eliminated a provision that allowed licensed commercial operators of excursions such as guided Bowron Lakes canoe trips to book group campsites in advance of the general public. Access to the BC Parks booking system is essential to secure dates to market, and book clientele both from with British Columbia and internationally.  The policy change was done absent of consultation with commercial operators and has subsequently affected many businesses.

This policy was developed by TIABC in consultation with tourism operators to address the difficulties businesses have in securing essential BC Parks’ campsites in order to provide trip and guest services to BC residents and guests from around the world. 

The policy outlines why advanced booking access is critical and provides recommendations to resolve the current issue between commercial operators and BC Parks.

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