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Campground bookings soar as temperatures heat up

Sizzling summer temperatures bring family camping adventures, but don't forget about the comfort of your four-legged friends.

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Soaring summer temperatures are making campground spots a hot commodity, so make sure to book ahead and reserve your campsite to avoid disappointment. — Photo courtesy Tourism BC, Jhim Burwell

As the heat wave continues throughout British Columbia, campgrounds across the province are seeing occupancy rates soar. It pays to reserve ahead! Also, be sure to back-pocket some cooling tips for you and your dog while camping in this warm weather.

Anne Philley, spokesperson for the BC Lodging & Campgrounds Association, just returned from the Okanagan, reports "Many of the private sector campgrounds are already experiencing a great uptake in reservations this year.  Business is significantly up, partly due to the returning American campers, as well as the superb weather.  It should be a good year all round for tourism."

She also recommends that "Campers reserve their campsite as early as possible to avoid disappointments, as popular campgrounds are full on weekends and can only put prospective campers on wait lists should a vacancy arise."

To assist in locating your next campground gem check out Camping RV BC's website it plots over 1,500 campgrounds (provincial, national, private and recreation sites) across the province. The CRVBCC interactive google map also plots freshwater fishing opportunities on numerous lakes stocked by the Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC. As well, find hiking trail heads for BC Parks and Recreation Sites and Trails.

Picture of Labrador dog panting.
Dogs are susceptible to the heat of summer, just like us, so make sure to pay attention to your pets comfort level. — Photo courtesy

Tips to keep you, your family and your dog cool while camping:

1. Find a campsite with shade, or make your own shady spot by setting up an umbrella or canopy. For your dog, you can build your own shady shelter by supporting a piece of cardboard, plywood over two logs of firewood, etc.

2. Pack a small inflatable kid pool, shallow rubber tub or even a Tupperware box to set up in your campsite, keeping in mind the size of your dog.  You only need to add a few inches of water to cool your dog's paws and belly. An added bonus to cool down yourself, is to use the container to soak your feet as well!

3. Wet a towel and place behind your neck. Have an extra one for your dog to lie on to cool his underside.

4. If your campsite is near a lake or river, consider frequent swims for you and your dog. If your dog has never swum, a doggy life jacket or a swimming floaty could be an aid to introduce your pet to water.

5. Hydrate. Drink lots of water yourself. Ensure your dog has a container of accessible water in the campsite at all times, and adding ice cubes will keep the water cool. Also, chewing ice cubes helps reduce your pet's core body temperature.

6. Protect yourself and your dog from getting a sunburn, especially their noses, by using sun screen. Dogs are susceptible to skin cancer and burn like us. Check with your vet about doggy-block.

7. Certain breeds of dogs are more prone to overheating than others; dark coloured and/or long-haired dogs are at greater increase risk of overheating.

8. Don't leave your dog in your parked RV or car in the sun and with windows rolled up.

For more camping tips.
Click here to find campgrounds for you and your dog.

Summer camping programs to check out:  
BC Camping Story Contest.
Dig out your camera and capture your BC camping story/blog with 2-5 pictures and 350 words or more for a chance to win awesome camping prizes. Included is the grand prize of an RV rental with a four night stay in a campground of your choice in British Columbia. Other prizes include complimentary stays at campgrounds, a cabin stay at Porteau Cove Provincial Park, fishing gear, Parks Canada Annual Family Pass and much more!  To find out more visit 

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