Camping fees are going up $2 per night at Sasquatch Provincial Park this year.

Camping fees going up in B.C. parks

Sasquatch Park rates rise for campers this summer, along with most other BC Parks sites

Campsite fees are going up between $2 and $5 at provincial parks around B.C. this spring.

After March 15, a night under the stars at Sasquatch Park goes up from $21 to $23 while some parks such as Cultus Lake or Golden Ears are facing a $5 jump in fees.

Fees at 40 provincial campgrounds in the Kootenay-Okanagan, Northern, South Coast and West Coast regions are increasing at least $3 a night, and 141 of B.C.’s 204 provincial campgrounds will see a $2 increase.

The Ministry of Environment says this is the first province-wide increase in fees since 2010. Rates for backcountry camping and use of sani-stations remain at $5, and fees for mooring buoys, picnic shelters and group camping are unchanged. Parking fees for day-use lots, a failed experiment from 10 years ago, are not being reintroduced.

The ministry says the varied rate increases take into account local demand and economic conditions as well as private camping availability. Sought-after locations such as Cultus Lake and Shuswap Lake charge $35 a night for a site with up to four adults, while nearby private campgrounds charge higher rates.

The province collected about $17 million from its park and recreation fees last year, while spending $22 million on direct park operating costs.

Campsite use is on the rise in B.C. since the introduction of an online reservation service called Discover Camping, which opens for the season at 9 a.m. on March 15. The system handled 133,000 reservations last year, nearly a 10 per cent increase over 2013.

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