08/31/2012 02:08 EDT | Updated 10/31/2012 05:12 EDT

BC Provincial Park Camping: More Than 100,000 Campers Break Record In 2012

VICTORIA - B.C.'s Environment Ministry says camping reservations for provincial parks this year have reached record numbers.

There have been nearly 105,000 reservations so far this year as campers head into the Labour Day long weekend — passing the 100,000 mark for the first time.

Environment Minister Terry Lake credits both the new online reservation system and a big investment into park upgrades for the record.

He says increase in reservations helps the parks system, because the money generated goes back into support provincial parks.

People can make campsite reservations at more than 90 of B.C.'s provincial parks and reservations for next season starting March 15.