Free Park Admission Fuels 15% Camping Hike
Monday (April 6) was the first day to make camping reservations in Manitoba's provincial parks, and by noon nearly 9,200 camping reservations were made, a new record, according to CKX-TV, Brandon, Manitoba.
“Every year we set a new record, for three years running, so we are very proud of the system that we put in place,” said Stan Struthers, Manitoba conservation minister.
This year, 15% more reservations were made opening day. Free provincial park admission could be the driving force behind the increase. The fees will be waved for two years. It’s designed to get more Manitobans exploring their back yards.
“Manitobans really like to go camping and we need to make it as easy as possible for Manitoban families to enjoy the great outdoors,” said Struthers.
Not even a faltering economy can force Manitobans to stay at home this summer. RV dealerships are noticing more people are looking for the perfect escape.
“People still want to have their recreational time, no matter what else is going on in the world; they still take time to have fun,” said Dave Shepherd, sales manager at Pik A Dilly RV Centre in Brandon.