No one from outside the province, including Albertans, allowed to go camping in B.C.

CALGARY — With all the rules in place regarding the coronavirus pandemic, many Canadians are looking for ways to make their summer as memorable as possible.

Unfortunately, many Alberta and B.C. residents have learned that what was once a simple summer pastime has become a lot more difficult.

Discover Camping, the online reservation system used by BC Parks, sent out a letter to clients Thursday with a number of changes expected for when it reopens for bookings next week.

Among the changes is a restriction on non-B.C. residents from making any reservations at all for the entire 2020 season.

“Non-BC residents with existing reservations are asked to contact the call centre before June 15 to cancel and receive a full refund. New reservations made after May 25 found to be made by non-BC residents will be subject to immediate cancellation without refund,” the official letter reads.

The move is similar to the one made by Alberta Parks just last week, where it said it wanted to ensure as many Albertans could have access to campsites as possible.

“Government and parks’ staff are working hard to make our campsites available as soon as possible so that Albertans can enjoy our parks again while adhering to current health orders. Again, at this time, sites are open to Albertans only. We anticipate opening more campsites as we get more staff in place with the proper protective gear,” the statement reads.

Both Alberta and B.C. will be opening their provincial parks to campers on June 1.

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