Letter: B.C. can learn a thing or two about parks from the Yukon


This past summer, my wife and I holidayed by driving through northern British Columbia, Yukon and Alaska.

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We were amazed with the Yukon provincial parks, with the amenities and costs offered and how they compared with B.C. provincial parks.

Most of the parks were located beside a river or lake and were close to the highway, making it conducive to travellers.

All sites were first come, first serve and no reservations were necessary. They offered free firewood and each site had a picnic table and fire ring.

Generators could be used from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. All sites were swept clean and generally well-kept.

The daily cost was $12 and Yukon seniors’ accommodations are free. B.C. Parks, although very beautiful, cost approximately $32 per night. If you make a reservation to ensure a site, there is an additional cost of $6 per night for the first three nights.

Also, if you have no internet skills and have to phone for a reservation, that will cost you an additional $5, while a small bundle of wood is $10.

This is extremely costly if you have a young family or are a senior on a fixed budget.

How can B.C. make parks more available and financially feasible to the people of British Columbia?

Herb McMillan

© Kamloops This Week


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