A special event was held at Fort Campground on Tuesday to declare May 19 to 24 Canadian Camping Week. The week has been proclaimed by the province as well.

A special event was held at Fort Campground on Tuesday to declare May 19 to 24 Canadian Camping Week. The week has been proclaimed by the province as well.

Week celebrating camping’s contributions

Fort Camping one of many campgrounds across the country participating in Canadian Camping Week May 19 to 24

Campgrounds around the province — including Fort Langley’s Fort Camping — are offering a special discounted rate of $50 for two nights this weekend.

The promotion is part of the inaugural Canadian Camping Week, which launched May 19 and runs until May 24.

Canadian Camping Week is designed to encourage Canadians to get outside to enjoy fun, safe and secure camping experiences with family and friends. Popular camping activities such as fishing contests, children’s activities and family movie nights will be hosted by participating campgrounds.

“It’s a great opportunity to get outside together with friends and family and explore the many beautiful campgrounds and parks in our province,” said Naomi Yamamoto, the B.C. minister of state for tourism and small business.

More than 662,000 people camped in B.C. last year and the camping industry contributes $606 million to the British Columbia GDP. The camping industry in the province employs 7,254 people and generated $137 million in sales and income tax.

“This week is an opportunity to recognize the contributions of the camping industry to the Canadian economy. Camping is an important way for Canadians to connect with family and friends while enjoying some of the most beautiful landscapes that Canada’s environment has to offer,” said Langley MP Mark Warawa.

The special $50 rate for two nights at Fort Camping will also be offered Sept. 11 and 12.

Parks Canada is also participating in the Canadian Camping Week by offering a $50 discount on their Discovery Pass for campers staying two nights or more at their locations.