Camping fees going up skpic

Online campsite reservations started this morning for Rowan's Ravine and several other provincial parks. (Google Street View)

The Saskatchewan government is saying sorry to frustrated campers with $100 cheques.
Campsite reservations for provincial parks launched on Monday, March 3, but immediately ran into technical difficulties.

Many people said they couldn't make a reservation online while many others said they were billed multiple times for the same reservation.

One person's credit card was accidentally charged $17,000.

The province responded by apologizing and spreading out the remaining park reservations over several days.

Anybody who got billed more than once will receive a refund and, the government announced Tuesday, a cheque for $100 to go towards a vacation.

The government says 980 individuals, in a total of about 800 households, will be receiving a cheque. 

The payments will cost the government $98,000. It hopes to get that money back from a private company.

"Our provincial park visitors are important to us, and we recognize that these incorrect charges have been an inconvenience to our customers," Parks Minister Kevin Doherty said in a news release.

Campers who've been over billed are being asked to contact the reservation call centre at 1-855-737-7275 (press 2).