Campers are now able to book their favourite sites at provincial camping parks with one phone call or by clicking a computer mouse, thanks to an updated reservation system. “It is now even easier for individuals to reserve and pay for campsites operated by the province,” said David Morse, Minister of Natural Resources. “Our old system only guaranteed people that a space would be available. This updated reservation software lets campers select specific sites at their favourite camping park.” Campers can log on the website to view information on all 20 provincial camping parks before making reservations. Operators on the toll-free hotline also have access to information on all park amenities so they can advise campers of areas that suit them best. The operators will refer callers to the Check Inns telephone system for information on privately operated campgrounds. “If a particular provincial camping park is fully booked, an individual can easily find out what is available in the area,” said Len Goucher, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Heritage. “That’s welcome news for travellers in the province.” To complete a reservation, campers will need to provide their address, arrival and departure dates, and the dimensions of their camping equipment or recreation vehicle. Individuals will also need to pay the camping permit fee by credit card when booking. Campers who arrive at provincial parks without a reservation will also see the benefits of the system since parks staff will be able to provide a list of unreserved sites. This will allow campers to select the best available site for their needs. One person can reserve up to three single campsites, providing each campsite is registered in a different name and the number of people staying at the site does not exceed campsite regulations. “This system will put an end to the days when people would have to arrive early to get choice sites, or have friends hold their favourite spots,” said Mr. Morse. “It allows people to better plan their recreation and vacation time so they thoroughly enjoy Nova Scotia’s magnificent provincial parks.” The reservation system opens today, April 2, and will operate until October. Telephone service will be available between 9 a.m. and 11 p.m. at 1-888-544-3434. The reservation website is http://parks.gov.ns.ca .