Natural Resources and Northern Development Minister Greg Nesbitt announced that Manitobans can now begin planning summer camping adventures using the new Parks Reservation Service.
“Over the next week, we encourage campers and park visitors to log onto the new park reservation service, open a new account and explore the site to help prepare for great summer adventures,” said Nesbitt. “We are excited to offer an enhanced park reservation experience to help Manitobans make new camping memories in our beautiful provincial parks.”
The new Parks Reservation Service will feature a modern design, a user-friendly interface and an enhanced queuing system to better handle demands on opening days, the minister noted. The new service is also easily navigated on a mobile device.
Account information has not been transferred from the old service, so all users will need to create a new account and browse the site to become familiar with the new service to prepare for reservation openings, which start April 3.
For 2023, reservation policies remain similar to previous years, with minor adjustments to booking restrictions on the new service. For instance, long weekend stays will require a two-night minimum that includes a Saturday and Sunday (excluding Canada Day long weekend in 2023). A full list of reservation policies, along with tips and technical advice to help prepare for reservation opening is available at www.manitobaparks.com.
Reservations for the 2023 season will occur over six days in April. Reservations will open at 7 a.m. each day for the following campsites and facilities:
- April 3 – All cabins, yurts and group use areas (including Hecla and Camp Morton recreation halls);
- April 5 – Campsite reservations for all western and northern region parks including Asessippi, Bakers Narrows, Clearwater (Campers Cove and Pioneer Bay), Duck Mountain (Blue Lakes, Childs Lake, Wellman Lake), Manipogo, Paint Lake, Rainbow Beach, Rivers, Spruce Woods (Kiche Manitou), Turtle Mountain (Adam Lake), William Lake and Wekusko Falls;
- April 11 – Campsite reservations for Birds Hill and Winnipeg Beach;
- April 12 – Campsite reservations for south Whiteshell including Caddy Lake, Falcon Beach, Falcon Lakeshore and West Hawk Lake;
- April 13 – Campsite reservations for Nopiming (Tulabi Falls main campground, Bird Lake, Black Lake, Shoe Lake, Beresford Lake) and north Whiteshell (Big Whiteshell, Brereton Lake, Nutimik Lake, Opapiskaw, Betula Lake and White Lake) campgrounds; and
- April 14 – All remaining locations including Camp Morton, Grand Beach, Hecla, Hnausa Beach, Lundar Beach, Moose Lake, St. Malo, Stephenfield and Watchorn.
On opening days, reservations can be made starting at 7 a.m. online at www.manitobaparks.com or by calling 1-888-482-2267.
Birch Point Provincial Park, Tulabi Short Haul Sites in Nopiming Provincial Park and Otter Falls Campground in Whiteshell Provincial Park will not open for reservations, as these campgrounds will be under construction for flood-related repairs this spring. An opening date is undetermined at this time. Those wishing to camp in Beresford Lake in Nopiming Provincial Park must detour through Bisset due to ongoing road repairs.
The minister noted the province will closely monitor Manitobans’ experience with the new system with the intention of refining and enhancing it to continually improve the process.