As part of the implementation of the Yukon Parks Strategy, campground fees are going up in 2022 for the first time in 20 years.
A camper will have to pay $20 a day for a site, up from $12, while seniors 65 and older will pay $10. Until now, seniors had enjoyed free camping.
An annual permit will rise from $50 to $100 ($50 for seniors).
“The new fees will contribute to the maintenance and sustainability of the Yukon’s world-class system of parks and campgrounds so that users can continue to have access to quality, affordable camping experiences now and in the future,” the government said in a statement last Thursday.
Camping fees will continue to include firewood.
Starting this year, campers will be able to pay online for a daily campground permit, using the same website they currently use to buy annual campground permits and fishing licences.
Yukoners and visitors will also continue to enjoy no fees for day use, parking, vehicle access, boat launch use and interpretive programming.
“Our territorial parks are beloved by Yukoners and visitors alike,” said Environment Minister Nils Clarke.
“Park fees in the Yukon have not been updated since 2002 and, even with these new fees, the Yukon will continue to have the lowest camping fees in the country.
“These new fees will help support the expansion of our park network in the future, build a financially sustainable park system and properly maintain parks for Yukoners now and for generations to come.”
Updating park fees was included in one of the 10 strategic actions outlined in the Yukon Parks Strategy.
Camping fees only recover about 10 per cent of the costs of services provided at campgrounds. The new fees will lead to a 20 per cent recovery of costs.
The 2022 serviced camping season will run from April 29 to Oct. 2.
There will be no fee for unserved camping during the off-season.
In 2021, the Yukon camping season was extended to open May 1, marking the earliest Yukon campgrounds had ever opened.