A Town of Lake Cowichan’s Lakeview Campground site.

A Town of Lake Cowichan’s Lakeview Campground site.

Online reservations strong start to 2013 season for Lakeview Campground

Lakeview Campsite with its protected foreshore, just west of the town centre, has become an increasingly popular spot for vacationers

As one year comes to an end and a new year begins, anticipation grows for spring and summer activities. Interest in summer bookings for campsites is evidence of that according to our town’s website, which just opened its online reservations for Lakeview Campsite   Jan. 1.

“As of yesterday morning (Jan. 2), we’ve had 76 reservations,” said Judy Caplette, an employee at the town hall.

Lakeview Campsite with its protected foreshore adjacent to the Cowichan Lake Education Centre a few kilometres west of the town centre, has become an increasingly popular spot for vacationers who enjoy camping. It comprises 72 campsites, of which about half are power-supplied, and half without power.

“At the beginning of the year, the long weekends usually tend to book up,” Caplette said, speaking about the online reservations for the campgrounds. “And there’s always those couple of weeks in August when they have the hockey school at the arena that are popular, too.”

The online reservation system seems to be the way to go these days, for people who like to plan ahead and not be left without a spot for the night. Site rates have raised ever so slightly this year by about three per cent, with a $1 increase over the 2012 rates. It now costs $33 per night per campsite, while the other rates, such as moorage per night, or the serviced site fee, remain unchanged over last year’s fees.

A $22 fee per site and per reservation is imposed on cancellations made at least 15 days prior to the reservation date. Any cancellations under the 15-day period are not refundable, so that is something to bear in mind when making your holiday plans far in advance.