When the NWT Parks online reservation site opens next week, campers in the South Slave will be able to book as many consecutive nights as they please.
In response to requests for extended-stay camping options, ITI is lifting its “14-day rule” which currently prevents visitors from booking more than 14 consecutive nights in the Hay River, Fort Providence Queen Elizabeth (Fort Smith) and Twin Falls territorial campgrounds.
The initiative will be piloted for the 2021 camping season with a view to considering a more permanent model for extended stay camping in the South Slave region for future summers.
With COVID-19 impacting travel plans and NWT residents opting for “staycations”, 22,753 overnight visits were registered by residents in NWT parks last year, an increase of 46% from 2019.
ITI’s extended-day sites are a popular option in the North Slave Region. A record 226 perspective campers entered this year’s draw for seasonal lots at either Yellowknife’s Prelude or Reid Lake campgrounds.
The NWT Parks reservation site will open in phases this year. Bookings for campgrounds outside of the North Slave Region will be accepted beginning May 4, 2021. Northwest Territories Parks and Campgrounds will begin opening on May 14, 2021 with appropriate COVID-19 protocols in place.