PRINCE GEORGE – Discover Camping has begun accepting reservations for most campgrounds, including Purden Lake Provincial Park.

Individual camping sites in many provincial parks can be booked up to three months in advance through the Discover Camping website (www.DiscoverCamping.ca) or the call centre.

“We are blessed to live in such a beautiful part of British Columbia. Provincial parks including those like Purden Lake provide incredible opportunities for families to enjoy camping adventures and ExploreBC,” Prince George-Valemount MLA Shirley Bond said. “The Discover Camping registration system is an easy way to secure your spot at most provincial campgrounds.”

“I go camping with my family every summer,” Prince George-Mackenzie MLA Mike Morris said. “It’s a great way to get our and explore. So book your site on www.DiscoverCamping.ca and get out and have some good old-fashioned fun this camping season with your family and friends.”

There are new provincial park campsites for the 2016 camping season available for reservation around the province, including Summit Lake. Groups can also now book their favourite picnic spots at various provincial parks. All group sites are reservable up to 12 months in advance of the arrival date.

Discover Camping, the interactive reservation website, displays the availability, layout and amenities at 122 campgrounds – showcasing more than 5,800 campsites – across B.C. Campers can also book their vacation destinations through their smartphones. Approximately half of all BC Parks camping opportunities remain on a first-come, first-served basis.

In 2015, more than 158,000 reservations were made through Discover Camping – an increase of almost 19 per cent from 2014. Seventy-three per cent of all reservations in 2015 originated from British Columbia. Reservations can be made through the call centre at 1-800-689-9025 for a surcharge of $5. Parking is free in all provincial parks, making them more accessible to families.

Book your favourite camping spot up to three months in advance, on or after March 15, 2016, by visiting www.discovercamping.ca.

For reservation tips, visit env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/reserve/top_reservations_tips.html.

For camping tips, visit env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/explore/campingEthics.html.

Learn more about B.C.’s provincial parks at www.bcparks.ca.