Canada Parks Packed on May Long Weekend

May 13, 2013 by   - () Comments Off on Canada Parks Packed on May Long Weekend

The coming Victoria Day long weekend in Canada (May 17-20) is shaping up to be another busy one at the provincial campgrounds in Alberta.

“We encourage Albertans who are planning to spend the weekend camping at one of the provincial parks to check out one of our many first-come, first-served spots,” said Tourism Parks and Recreation Ministry spokeswoman Mary Lou Reeleder.

“Right now, the (reservation) campgrounds are at capacity because people can book 90 days in advance. But that can change as people cancel and plans can change,” Reeleder told The Calgary Sun.

Considered by many to be the unofficial start to camping season, the Victoria Day long weekend — also known as the May long weekend — draws thousands of people to the province’s hundreds of parks and campgrounds each year.

“People are encouraged to check for availability before they head out,” said Reeleder.

Fire bans are in effect at several provincial parks, including Bragg Creek, Big Knife, Buffalo Lake, Cooking Lake-Blackfoot, Dillberry Lake, Garner Lake, Gleniffer Reservoir, Jarvis Bay, Miquelon Lake, North Bruderheim, Red Lodge, Rochon Sands and Strathcona Science.

Liquor bans are also in effect at Aspen Beach, Cypress Hills, Dillberry Lake, Garner Lake, Jarvis Bay, Miquelon Lake, Pigeon Lake, Wabamun Lake and Whitney Lakes provincial parks.

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