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Reservations begin April 24 for Newfoundland campsites

(April 16, 2012) -- “We have made a number of investments in our parks system over the past several years to help ensure our patrons have amenities that add to their camping experience, and we also added a recycling program. All of our efforts will certainly contribute to another successful season.”

ST. JOHN’S, Newfoundland — The campsite reservation service for provincial park campgrounds will be launched for bookings between April 24 and April 27. Seven provincial park campgrounds will open for the Victoria Day weekend, while the six remaining campgrounds are scheduled to open in late May and early June.

“We are about to embark upon another season for residents and visitors to enjoy the natural beauty that abounds in our system of parks and protected areas,” said the Honourable Terry French, Minister of Environment and Conservation. “We have made a number of investments in our parks system over the past several years to help ensure our patrons have amenities that add to their camping experience, and we also added a recycling program. All of our efforts will certainly contribute to another successful season.”

The provincial parks campsite reservation service will launch at 7 a.m. Newfoundland Standard Time on the scheduled dates for each park outlined in the backgrounder. The reservation service is available by calling toll-free 1.877.214.CAMP (2267), or online at www.nlcamping.ca.

The campsite 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. Once all parks have launched their online reservation capability, the system will be available 24/7 until the end of the season.

In 2011, more than 11,500 reservations were made in provincial parks through the campsite reservation service.

The Cape St. Mary’s Visitor Centre and guided tours, and the Mistaken Point Ecological Reserve guided tours will open to the public on May 12. Guided tours of Burnt Cape Ecological Reserve are scheduled to start on June 11.

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.

More information about provincial parks and reserves may be obtained by calling 709.635.4520 or visiting www.gov.nl.ca/env/parks.

SOURCE: Government of Newfoundland and Labrador press release

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