Costs to camp at Fintry Provincial Park

Costs to camp at Fintry Provincial Park

B.C. hikes cost of camping

Camping fees increased at Ellison, Fintry, Kekuli Bay and Mabel Lake provincial parks

  • Jan. 25, 2015 9:00 a.m.

It’s going to cost more to camp in the North Okanagan’s provincial parks.

The Ministry of Environment is raising camping fees March 15.

“By increasing user fees in campgrounds, campers who use the parks system are helping to keep it sustainable for future generations to enjoy,” said Mary Polak, environment minister.

The 2015 fee for Ellison park will be $32 a party per night, while it will be $32 per party nightly at Fintry and $100 for a group site per night at Fintry.

At Kekuli Bay, the fee will be $32 a party per night.

A series of fees have been posted for Mabel Lake. They are $23 a party per night for front-country camping, $70 per group nightly for the group camping base fee and $5 per discharge at the sani-station.

“This increase comes after years of investment delivering capital projects aimed at attracting young families, offering new recreation  opportunities and increasing attendance in provincial parks,” states a ministry release.

“While the fee schedule varies, the vast majority of provincial  campsites will see a $2 per night increase, while others will see  slightly larger increase in price, to a maximum of $5 per night. The  last system-wide increase was in 2010.”

For a list of campgrounds and updated fees, go to www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/fees/userfees.pdf.

“The increase is expected to generate $1.3 million this year for B.C.’s  protected areas system. All revenue from the increased fees will be  put back into maintaining and enhancing the parks system,” states the ministry.