Provincial parks and reserves opening for 2010

Staff ~ The Telegram
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Seven provincial parks are scheduled to open in the province in time for the Victoria Day weekend, the provincial government announced today.
Barachois Pond, Butter Pot, Frenchman's Cove, J.T. Cheeseman, La Manche, Lockston Path and Notre Dame are set to open May 19. The remaining six provincial camping parks will open in late May and early June.
The guided tours for Cape St. Mary's Visitor Centre and Mistaken Point Ecological Reserve will open to the public May 8, while guided tours of Burnt Cape Ecological Reserve are scheduled to open June 14.
"We have made a significant investment in our parks system over the past couple of years, and visitors will certainly have an opportunity to avail of these upgrades this season," Environment Minister Charlene Johnson said.
According to a news release, as part of the ongoing commitment to enhance park services, electrical services have now been added to a number of campsites in five provincial parks this season: Dildo Run - 21 campsites; Frenchman's Cove - 20 campsites; J.T. Cheeseman - 21 campsites; La Manche - 27 campsites; and Notre Dame - 37 campsites. In addition, campground expansions were completed at La Manche (13 new campsites) and Sandbanks (five new campsites) in 2009, bringing the total number of campsites in the provincial park system to 1,056.
While camping fees will not increase in 2010, previously unserviced campsites that were subject to a fee of $15 per night and now have electrical services will be subject to the fully-serviced campsite fee of $23 per night.
The provincial parks reservation system will launch during the first week of May. Last year, more than 9,000 reservations were made in provincial parks. The service is available by calling toll-free 1-877-214-CAMP (2267) or online at www.NLcamping.ca.
More information about provincial parks and reserves may be obtained by calling 635-4520 or visiting www.gov.nl.ca/parks.

Geographic location: Notre Dame, Barachois Pond

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