What snow? Camping reservations begin Monday in Manitoba

As of 7 a.m. Monday, Manitoba Parks is taking reservations for cabins, yurts, and group-use campsites at Birds Hill Provincial Park.
Free entry into Manitoba parks lasts all weekend, but nightly camping fees still apply. (CBC)

Forget about the mountains of snow out there, you need to start thinking about camping.

As of 7 a.m. Monday, Manitoba Parks is taking reservations for cabins, yurts, and group-use campsites at Birds Hill Provincial Park. If you want to ensure you've got a spot when this frozen land finally thaws you'd better get your fingers going — either by keypad or keyboard.

Reservations will be taken by phone (204-948-3333 in Winnipeg, 1-888-482-2267 long distance toll free) or online by clicking the link at the left of this page.

The Manitoba Parks site saw 5.4 million visits in 2013 and 81 per cent of the 66,124 campsite reservations were made online.

In-person payment arrangements can be made at 200 Saulteaux Cres. in Winnipeg, Monday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

New for this year, campers can also purchase the annual provincial park entry pass online through Canada Map Sales.

Reservations for all other provincial parks begin April 7.