The Peace River Regional District is introducing a reservation system and fees to camp at Blackfoot Regional Park beginning May 27.
In a 2018 study, the PRRD asked residents for their input on the future of the park and the possibility of paying to camp. The study found that park users wanted enhanced features like sites with electrical hook-ups and walking trails, and that most campers would be willing to pay a fee for access to those services.
“Blackfoot Regional Park is a beautiful area of the Peace region,” says Peace River Regional District board chair Brad Sperling. “The changes and improvements we’re making there are in response to residents’ and park users’ wishes to see improvements at the park, and to know that they can book some campsites in advance to be assured of having a spot.”
Campsites at the park can now be reserved up to one month in advance for camping starting on May 27, by calling the park caretaker at 250-759-4008. Campers can leave a message within at least 24 hours of the booking date and will get a call back to confirm the reservation. Half the campsites will be reservable in advance, and the remaining campsites are first-come-first-serve.
New amenities and services at Blackfoot include walking trails, a park caretaker, on-site wood purchase, new campsites with and without electrical hook-ups, updated park buildings and outhouses, and updated fire pits, picnic tables and signage.
Starting May 27, fees will be charged to camp at the park. The fees are $26.25 per night for sites with electrical hook-ups, $21 per night for sites without electricity and $10.50 per night for tent sites. Fees must be paid in cash at check-in. If more than two additional ‘non-camping’ vehicles are parked at a campsite, there will be a fee of $5.25 per vehicle per night.
Fees go towards helping to offset the cost of upgrades, services and future development of the park, says Sperling.