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Campgrounds fill up quickly

Those looking to secure a camping spot in a provincial park over the long weekend may have been out of luck, if they weren’t quick on the draw several months ago.

Bear Creek Provincial Campground in West Kelowna has been fully booked for the Canada Day long weekend since reservations were first made available three months ago.

Demand has become so high that some people have begun scalping reservation spots like concert tickets, forcing campgrounds to ask for ID when campers arrive.

“It’s busy, busy, busy,” said Patrick Lacey, Bear Creek Provincial Campground manager. “If (campsites) are being sold off and you show up with someone else’s name and the incorrect ID we’re going to have to turn you away at the gate.”

One couple from Salmon Arm who have made their business out of helping Europeans book Canadian campsites say they have been accused of scalping campsites, and have even received threats over it.

“They threaten that they know where to find us, and they will come to Salmon Arm and it won’t end well,” said Carla Van der Kraats, co-owner of Canadian Camping Adventures.

The next two long weekends, August long weekend and Labour Day long weekend, are fully booked up at Bear Creek Provincial campground.

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