Alberta Parks Honored for Campground Website
Linking campers with campgrounds through an online service earned the Alberta government an award at the Government Technology Exhibition and Conference (GTEC) in Ottawa on Oct. 4.
Tourism, Parks and Recreation received its award in the provincial Service Delivery for Citizens and Businesses category for www.Reserve.AlbertaParks.ca, an online service that provides real-time information on campsite availability in the province, CanadaViews.ca reported. The website uses leading-edge geospatial technology that allows panoramic 360-degree views of each campsite and campground. Before making a reservation online, visitors can select an individual campsite on a map, research campsite size and features such as nearby trails, fire pit location and proximity to washrooms.
“We are thrilled to receive this national award for Reserve.AlbertaParks.ca,” said Cindy Ady, minister of Alberta Tourism, Parks and Recreation. “Our online reservation service is making 50 provincial campgrounds easier to access, and we are excited to hear from campers who are discovering new places to explore.”
Since the province launched the new service in May 2009, nearly 142,000 account holders have made more than 178,000 campsite reservations.