WINNIPEG - Camping season officially starts today in Manitoba, as staggered campground reservation opens up this morning for Birds Hill Provincial Park. With warmer weather in the forecast, travel outside the province discouraged, and travel restrictions in place in northern Manitoba, a race to reserve cabins and campsites is in full swing.
The booking system has proved so popular several visitors to the online booking system have reported that the website seemed to crash several times this morning as tens of thousands of Manitobans appear to wait in line.
On Wednesday, reservations will also open for several central and eastern-Manitoba provincial parks at 7 am: Betula Lake, Big Whiteshell, Brereton Lake, Caddy Lake, Falcon Beach, Falcon Lakeshore, Nutimik Lake, Opapiskaw, Otter Falls, West Hawk Lake, White Lake, and Winnipeg Beach. Reservation for all other provincial park campgrounds will open at 7 am on April 12th.
Those who prefer to book by phone can call 204-948-3333 in Winnipeg, or toll-free at 1-888-482-2267. The province says campers should double check updates on the latest public health orders before heading to a campsite. You can visit the Manitoba Parks website here for more information.