The 2021 camping season is just around the corner and its fully expected to be a busy one. Travel outside Manitoba is still discouraged, so camping within the province will be a popular getaway this year.
Manitoba will once again offer a staggered opening for campground reservations. Online reservations will begin at 7:00am at https://prspub.gov.mb.ca/. If you prefer the phone, you can call 204-948-3333 (in Winnipeg) or 1-888-482-2267 (toll-free).
“Our government thanks Manitobans for their commitment during the COVID-19 pandemic in acting on the advice our health-care experts to stay home for the benefits of themselves, their loved ones and their communities,” said Guillemard. “It is through their dedication and actions that we are able to allow Manitobans to continue to visit our provincial parks, and we are pleased to open our campgrounds for the season with additional safety measures in place. This will be welcome news for many Manitobans and their families. I encourage them to keep practising the fundamentals of good hygiene and social distancing at home and especially while enjoying quality time outside with their loved ones, whether camping, at cottages or throughout our beautiful parks.”
The Manitoba Parks Reservation Service will start accepting bookings in three phases:
- April 5 at 7:00am – campsite reservations open for the Birds Hill Provincial Park campground
- April 7 at 7:00am – campsite reservations open for the Winnipeg Beach, Betula Lake, Big Whiteshell, Brereton Lake, Caddy Lake, Falcon Beach, Falcon Lakeshore, Nutimik Lake, Opapiskaw, Otter Falls, West Hawk Lake and White Lake campgrounds
- April 12 at 7:00am – campsite reservations open for all remaining provincial park campgrounds
Campers are reminded to check for updates to the latest public health orders, such as those that limit outdoor gatherings to a maximum of 10 people, and to practice good hygiene and physical distancing. Provincial parks will once again employ enhanced cleaning procedures and sanitization of public washrooms and shower facilities.
Campers from southern Manitoba are reminded of the travel ban north of the 53rd parallel, with certain exceptions for essential travel. If booking sites at campgrounds anywhere north of Lake Winnipeg, campers should confirm the ban has been lifted before travelling there. Out-of-province campers and visitors, as well, must follow the public health orders for travel in Manitoba.