It will cost you $25

It will cost you $25

BC Parks camping fees hiked

Campsite fees are going up at provincial parks near Revelstoke this spring.

Campsite fees are going up at provincial parks near Revelstoke this spring.

After March 15, a night under the stars at Blanket Creek and Martha Creek Provincial Parks will cost $25, up from $21 last year. The weekly rate at Blanket remains the same at $100.

Fees at 40 provincial campgrounds in the Kootenay-Okanagan, Northern, South Coast and West Coast regions are increasing at least $3 a night, and 141 of B.C.’s 204 provincial campgrounds will see a $2 increase.

The Ministry of Environment says this is the first province-wide increase in fees since 2010. Rates for backcountry camping and use of sani-stations remain at $5, and fees for mooring buoys, picnic shelters and group camping are unchanged. Parking fees for day-use lots, a failed experiment from 10 years ago, are not being reintroduced.

The ministry says the varied rate increases take into account local demand and economic conditions as well as private camping availability. Sought-after locations such as Cultus Lake and Shuswap Lake charge $35 a night for a site with up to four adults, while nearby private campgrounds charge higher rates.

The province collected about $17 million from its park and recreation fees last year, while spending $22 million on direct park operating costs.

With files from Tom Fletcher/Black Press