Conservation and Climate Minister Sarah Guillemard announced the Manitoba government will be taking steps to implement a new reservation system for provincial parks.
One of the major changes being made is creating new software, which they hope to have in place by 2023. Despite that, they're also looking to address and improve the reservation experience for this year.
A lot of suggestions were made for the changes through EngageMB.
"The technical and policy adjustments to our parks reservation service are being made in response to public feedback," notes Guillemard. "The improvements will help manage the load on the opening day for reservations, ease the booking process for campers and provide more opportunities to book camping facilities in high demand and limited inventory, such as cabins and yurts."
Some of the changes taking place for this year's booking season are:
- server upgrades to improve system performance and other technology-based enhancements;
- an addition of two opening days to five from three;
- a limit to the number of reservations that can be booked in one session for cabins and yurts to two from three; and
- a reduction in the maximum length of stays at cabins or yurts to seven nights from 14 nights to give more people opportunities to acquire these facilities.
- The tendering process for a system for future seasons will begin soon.
"We appreciate the feedback we received through EngageMB and thank everyone who took the time to share their opinions to help us provide a quality reservation service for Manitobans and visitors," said Guillemard. "Our government is committed to making it easier for Manitobans to reserve campsites with this short-term and long-term approach."