(Last Updated On: December 18, 2017)Parks, Culture and Sport Ministry News Release – December 18, 2017 (Photo Credit: Ministry of Parks, Culture and Sport) This holiday season, as Saskatchewan residents enjoy time with family and share in the hopeful anticipation of the New Year, many are already starting to plan their summer getaway in Saskatchewan’s provincial parks. “For many people, visiting our provincial parks is a valued summer tradition that contributes to our great quality of life,” Parks, Culture and Sport Minister Gene Makowsky said. “Booking a site for the full season is a popular choice that allows for the best camping deal around and an entire summer spent making lifelong memories.” The seasonal camping program offers the opportunity to secure a campsite from mid-May to the end of August, and into September at some locations. Seasonal bookings are offered at a discount from the regular nightly camping rates. There are 19 provincial parks and recreation sites that offer the seasonal camping program, and the seasonal sites are always in high demand. Due to the popularity of the program, sites are allocated via a lottery system. Application forms for seasonal sites will be available at www.saskparks.net starting Wednesday, January 3, 2018. The deadline for applications is Thursday, February 1, 2018 with the draw to award campsites taking place on Monday, February 5, 2018. Successful applicants will be contacted by phone or email. Details for nightly camping reservations will be available in early January. Since 2007, the Government of Saskatchewan has invested more than $100 million in upgrades and improvements to the provincial park infrastructure. Projects undertaken include the development of two new campgrounds, upgrading or replacement of service centres, extensive campsite electrical expansion and upgrading, water and wastewater system upgrades, new and enhanced boat launches and new campsite furnishings.