DAWSON CREEK – Discover Camping has begun accepting reservations for most campgrounds, including Liard River Hot Springs Provincial Park.

Individual camping sites in many provincial parks can be booked up to three months in advance through the Discover Camping website (www.DiscoverCamping.ca) or the call centre.

“Spending time in our parks is a great way to enjoy nature and take a staycation,” Peace River South MLA Mike Bernier said. “Book your spot early and get out and play in our backyard.”

“Camping in Peace Country and Northern Rockies Regional Municipality offers fun for the whole family,” Peace River North MLA Pat Pimm said. “If you want adventure, head to Liard River Hot Springs Provincial Park for a fantastic family trip.”

There are new provincial park campsites for the 2016 camping season available for reservation around the province. Groups can also now book their favourite picnic spots at various provincial parks. All group sites are reservable up to 12 months in advance of the arrival date.

Discover Camping, the interactive reservation website, displays the availability, layout and amenities at 122 campgrounds – showcasing more than 5,800 campsites – across B.C. Campers can also book their vacation destinations through their smartphones. Approximately half of all BC Parks camping opportunities remain on a first-come, first-served basis.

In 2015, more than 158,000 reservations were made through Discover Camping – an increase of almost 19 per cent from 2014. Seventy-three per cent of all reservations in 2015 originated from British Columbia. Reservations can be made through the call centre at 1-800-689-9025 for a surcharge of $5. Parking is free in all provincial parks, making them more accessible to families.

Book your favourite camping spot up to three months in advance, on or after March 15, 2016, by visiting www.discovercamping.ca.

For reservation tips, visit env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/reserve/top_reservations_tips.html.

For camping tips, including backcountry trips and taking pets, please visit env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/explore/campingEthics.html.

For more information about B.C.’s provincial parks, visit www.bcparks.ca.