It’s a little over three weeks to the official start of camping season in Newfoundland and Labrador, but anyone who wants to ensure they’ve got the perfect spot will be able to reserve a campsite starting this week.
The campsite reservation service for provincial park campgrounds will be available starting Tuesday for Blow Me Down, Dildo Run, Pinware River and Pistolet Bay. The service will be available for J.T. Cheeseman, La Manche, Lockston Path and Sir Richard Squires Memorial on Wednesday, followed by Butter Pot on Thursday and Barachois Pond, Frenchman’s Cove, Notre Dame and Sandbanks on Friday.
“I encourage everyone to get out and enjoy our system of parks and protected areas and see what our province has to offer right here in our own backyards,” said Environment and Conservation Minister Joan Shea in a prepared release “We have an abundance of areas for everyone to explore and appreciate.”
The reservation service will launch at 7 a.m. on the scheduled dates for each park. The reservation service will go offline at midnight the night before each scheduled launch date and be available at 7 a.m. on the morning of each launch.
The province’s network of provincial parks and natural areas includes 13 camping parks, seven day use parks, the T’Railway Provincial Park, Main River Waterway Provincial Park and 10 park reserves, for a total of 32 provincial parks.
In addition to provincial parks, there are two wilderness reserves and 18 ecological reserves that protect significant seabird colonies, rare plants and significant fossil sites.
The reservation service is available by calling toll-free 1-877-214-CAMP (2267) or online at www.nlcamping.ca. Information on quotas is available in the guide or online.
More information about provincial parks and reserves may be obtained by calling 709-637-2040 or visit www.gov.nl.ca/env/parks.
Park and ecological reserve opening and closing dates
Barachois Pond, Butter Pot, Frenchman’s Cove, J.T. Cheeseman, La Manche, Notre Dame and Lockston Path — May 14 to Sept. 15
Sir Richard Squires Memorial — May 23 to Sept. 8
Sandbanks — May 23 to Sept. 15
Blow Me Down — May 30 to Sept. 8
Dildo Run, Pinware River and Pistolet Bay — May 30 to Sept. 15
Cape St. Mary’s Visitor Centre and Guided Tours — May 14 to Oct. 19
Mistaken Point Guided Tours — May 14 to Oct. 19
Day use provincial parks
Chance Cove — April 11 to Oct. 20
Arches — May 16 to Oct. 6
Cataracts, Codroy Valley, Deadman’s Bay, Dungeon and Gooseberry Cove — June 6 to Oct. 6
Source: Department of Environment and Conservation