It's only the middle of February, but it's never too early to start to think about summer holidays.
The Alberta Government has begun taking advance registrations for so-called 'comfort camping' spaces for the May long weekend and regular spots at provincial campgrounds will be up for grabs on February 21.
"The regular campsite bookings it's 90 days in advance," explained Tim Chamberlin of Alberta Environment and Parks. "Those people who are looking further ahead, they'll certainly have an opportunity to work up towards the May long weekend and beyond."
This is the 85th anniversary for Alberta Parks and Chamberlin said they expect to be very busy.
"We have some expansions and some upgrades that will be happening throughout the course of the season in our provincial park system," he told 99.5 Drum FM. "A lot of those will be realilzed with the early spring, so once the May long weekend comes along, just before that, we'll be talking to Albertans about everything that's new for the upcoming summer camping season."
It's also Canada's 150th birthday and the federal government is handing out free national parks passes and Chamberlin thinks that could help provincial campgrounds.
"Maybe those people who are regular campers that access the national parks and might not be able to access their favourite campground on their favourite weekend this year, we may see the spillover effects of those people coming into Alberta's provincial parks," he mused.
More than 155,000 people accessed provincial campgrounds in Alberta in 2016 and Chamberlin expects that number to increase this year.
You can call Alberta Parks' toll free reservation line at 1-877-537-2757 or follow this link to their website.

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