Vancouver Island booked for camping this weekend

The Victoria Day long weekend begins tomorrow and that means it’s camping season.

Crazy Chris O’Neill  gives a balloon to Hudson St. Germain in Parksville. He’ll be making balloon animals at Qualicum Beach Family Day on May 26.

Crazy Chris O’Neill gives a balloon to Hudson St. Germain in Parksville. He’ll be making balloon animals at Qualicum Beach Family Day on May 26.

Rathtrevor Provincial Park has been booked up for the May Long weekend since March 15, when online reservations opened, along with most of the other campsites on the Island that have online reservation services.

Some campsites still have first-come first-served campsites available.

Reservations in B.C. Parks are up 10 per cent this year, according to an information bulletin from the province’s Ministry of Environment.  Rathtrevor has a newly reconstructed campground and improved day-use areas, including new picnic shelters and tables.

The bulletin lists the most popular parks in the province as Rathtrevor Beach, Haynes Point, Bear Creek, Cultus Lake, and Okanagan Lake South.

If you’re not planning a camping trip this weekend the Ravensong Aquatic Centre is having a Bubble Bonanza Family Swim, where families can create enormous bubbles while enjoying a swim, for regular admission prices.

Or, enjoy a Sunset Paddle run by the Regional District of Nanaimo. This takes place at Wall Beach in Nanoose Bay on May 18 from 7:15 to 9:30 p.m. and costs $50.

For more information or to pre-register call 250-248-3252.