No advantage for Sask. campers, says government; reconsider, says NDP

NDP Tourism, Parks, Culture and Sport critic Cathy Sproule wants the government to reconsider its refusal to give Saskatchewan families first crack at Saskatchewan campsites this summer.

In September, the premier said the government would consider giving Saskatchewan people a head start when it comes to booking provincial campsites. Tuesday, the government announced it wouldn’t follow through on that.

“The parks belong to Saskatchewan people,” said Sproule. “We love showing off Saskatchewan’s beautiful parks and lakes to the world, and we welcome tourism. But, giving Saskatchewan families a short head start on accessing some favorite campsites is common sense.”

Sproule said giving Saskatchewan campers a small window to reserve their favorite site before the system is opened to campers from outside the province is a small way to ensure there are affordable recreation and vacation opportunities for Saskatchewan families, whose tax dollars help support the parks on top of camping fees.

Annually, there is a rush to book in-demand campsites through an online reservation system. In addition, the government contracted out the booking system to an out-of-province company, which caused crashes and billing errors last spring.

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For more information, contact:
Erin Morrison, NDP caucus