British Columbia Parks Pare Camping Season
British Columbia Parks is cutting back on the camping season in 45 provincial parks as part of efforts to trim expenditures during the economic downturn.
Budget estimates for the ministry of environment’s operating expenses for 2009-2010 are $239 million, down $24.3 million from last year, according to The Vancouver Sun.
Part of the saving will come from reducing the number of weeks some provincial parks and campgrounds are open.
British Columbia Parks operates more than 600 parks in eight regions and the reductions will affect about 7.5% of these parks.
A full list of the parks with reduced openings can be found on the British Columbia Parks website, www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks.
The British Columbia Parks website apologizes for reducing the operating season saying it was necessary “in order to meet budget targets.”