Spring comes early for two popular BC Parks’ adventures

Berg Lake Trail and Bowron Lake canoe circuit will be open for advanced reservations beginning Jan. 2

Ministry of Environment

VICTORIA - Visitors from around the world and throughout the province can soon plan their trips to two awe-inspiring BC Parks destinations. The Berg Lake Trail and Bowron Lake canoe circuit will be open for advanced reservations beginning Jan. 2, announced Minister of Environment Terry Lake recently.

Last year, the Bowron Lake Park canoe circuit had close to 100 bookings on the first day. This year, BC Parks is doubling the early reservation options for visitors by adding the Berg Lake Trail.

"Our family has always enjoyed spending time in BC Parks, and these early reservations will mean visitors from around the world and throughout the province can plan their vacations to include two of our most spectacular destinations," said Lake. "Whether bonding on a canoe trip or on a spectacular hike, these trips offer two great ways for families to enjoy B.C.'s unparalleled natural environment."

The two treks are favourites for international travellers. In 2012, the Bowron Lake canoe circuit had 1,003 bookings and the Berg Lake Trail had 1,932 bookings with 22 per cent and 25 per cent of reservations, respectively, coming from outside Canada.

Berg Lake Trail in Mount Robson Provincial Park is a world-renowned hiking track that covers over 23 kilometres and climbs over 800 metres. This remote, back-country trail is a favourite destination for visitors from throughout the province and around the world. Mount Robson, the second oldest provincial park, will celebrate 100 years in 2013.

Bowron Lake Park's unparalleled canoe circuit encompasses 10 lakes and includes numerous waterways and portages. The entire trip takes from six to 10 days to complete.

In 2010, 75 per cent of German visitors, 71 per cent of UK visitors, 56 per cent of Indian visitors, 34 per cent of American visitors and 35 per cent of Chinese visitors who visited B.C. stayed overnight at a national or provincial park.

Discover Camping provides information on more than 108 reservable campgrounds, including group sites, in 94 provincial parks throughout B.C. Reservations for most reservable campgrounds begin March 15.

Other BC Parks campgrounds are available on a first-come first-serve basis only.

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