Manitoba’s Campsite Reservation Site Sees Record Numbers

If the numbers are any indication, Manitobans can’t wait for summer.

The online campsite reservation system recorded more than 12,570 bookings by mid-day on Monday. By comparison, the system handled 11,929 reservations by the same time last year.

The Manitoba Parks Reservation Service website opened at 7:30 a.m. and had about 260,000 hits just three hours later, officials said.

“Our reservation system is again showing its worth, connecting Manitobans with the wide range of quality camping opportunities in the province,” Conservation and Water Stewardship Minister Gord Mackintosh said.

Mackintosh said the department will be reviewing the system to find ways to make it more convenience and accessible for Manitoba families.

A total of 64,268 campsites were booked through the made-in-Manitoba reservation system last season.

Most campgrounds will open May 11. Northern campgrounds and, weather permitting, those along the lakes will open May 18, except Iskwasum Landing, which is slated to open May 25.

The May long weekend will be liquor free in all provincial parks and some liquor-free campsites will be available all season in designated spots at Grand Beach and Bird’s Hill provincial parks.