New Booking System: Guide to Reserve Popular Camping Destinations in Canada

Canada is a wonderland for any adventure because of how beautiful nature looks in all seasons. Some of its most popular winter activities in Canada consist of skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing and more. Other popular activities such as cycling, camping, and hiking are enjoyed most during spring and summer. 

National parks in Canada are full of campers, hikers, and bikers. Individuals are encouraged to reserve a spot to make their spring journey smooth and stress-free.

Mark your calendar and prepare for a new Parks Canada system if you want a spot at one of its sites. Soon it will be possible to make a reservation for camping at Canadian national parks. Here are some points you need to know before reserving during this season.

How can visitors reserve?

Parks Canada reservation system that provides reservation camping, accommodations, and more at 40 destinations of the parks in Canada will launch a new platform soon. Despite the different look, the features and functions will remain the same. The 2023 reservations will be available beginning of March due to this change. From March 3, all users must create new accounts, regardless of previous usage.

A guide to preparing for the launch day

  • February 26: After this date, you will no longer be able to view any sites you reserved previously. Please make a note of any if you need them.
  • February 27 to March 2: The old booking system will no longer be available because of the new transformation of the new system. During this period, you should check the date when the park reservation starts.
  • March 3 and onwards: Get familiar with the new system before it launches by creating your new account.
  • March 13:  First reservations will be available using the new system!

When should visitors reserve popular destinations?

British Columbia

Glacier National Park

Visit the stunning peaks and glaciers at Glacier National Park.

Reservation start: March 13, 2023, at 8 am PT

Kootenay National Park

Discover the contrast between rich wildlife and spectacular scenery in Kootenay National Park, part of the Rocky Mountains.

Reservation start: March 29, 2023, at 8 am MT

*Some campgrounds/hikes will be available on other dates.

Gulf Islands National Park Reserve

Gulf Islands National Park Reserve is considered to have some of the most popular marine activities in Canada. Visitors can enjoy both marine and regular activities, such as kayaking, sailing, hiking, and camping.

Reservation start: March 13, 2023, at 8 am PT


Banff National Park

One of the most famous national parks in Canada. Easy access to a multitude of outdoor adventures thanks to its vibrant lakes and majestic mountains.

Reservation start: March 23, 2023, at 8 am MT

*Some campgrounds/hikes will be available on other dates.

Wood Buffalo National Park

The largest national park in Canada, with a lot of bison.

Reservation start: March 23, 2023, at 8 am MT


Georgian Bay Islands National Park

Enjoy a unique landscape consisting of 63 islands in the world’s largest freshwater archipelago.

Reservation start: March 21, 2023, at 8 am ET

Bruce Peninsula National Park

Despite making the top 10 smallest national parks, the park makes up for it with a wealth of beauty and panoramic views of both sunrise and sunset.

Reservation start: March 21, 2023, at 8 am ET

Reservation start dates vary by location, so be sure to check all specific launch dates here!

Things you should know when you reserve

Reservations can be made starting at 8:00 a.m. in local time (8:30 a.m. in Newfoundland). At that time, reservations for the entire season will be available. Even multiple trips can be booked at the same time.

Unfortunately, if you can’t get your first choice

  • Check the monthly calendar on the site description to find out when it is available.
  • You can view a calendar overview of when all camping sites are available in a campground by clicking “Availability Calendar.” Consider making night-by-night reservations if you plan to stay multiple nights.
  • Use the map to explore other parts of the campground.

Reservations fill up quickly at some popular locations. Prepare your spring & summer journey today!

Source: Parks Canada’s official website, Here’s when you can start making reservations to camp at Canada’s national parks

Disclaimer: The information is obtained directly from the websites that appear in the source section. The information has been gathered as accurately as possible at the time of writing, but we cannot guarantee its accuracy or completeness. Please check their official website and digital channels for the most accurate and up-to-date information.

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