Some seasonal sites in the eight provincial Prince Edward Island (Canada) will be available through an online lottery this year rather than the traditional method, and not all are happy about it.of
As per a report, abelieves it’s unfair to Islanders who want to reserve prime spots for shorter stays.
“If they want to lottery it, okay, open up whatever sites are there, and everybody has fair access to it,” Steven MacDonald said.
The Grand Tracadie local said year-after-year his family runs into issues when booking short-term accommodations.
MacDonald urged the province to improve its efforts in communicating with the public about sites that are booked seasonally.
“When you go to book, you don’t know that all these sites are already taken (for the whole season),” MacDonald said.
MacDonald said that he had met people who, like him, have attempted to book sites throughout the summer, only to discover that they’re not available.
“People are unaware the same people have them year after year,” he added.
He claimed that as taxpayers, Islanders subsidize theseto spend their entire summer at a prime location.
“It is just the inequity of the whole thing and that I am funding somebody else’s private,” MacDonald said.
Seasonalfees in provincial are CA$1,700 for a two-way and CA$2,000 for a three-way. The season starts from June 24 until September 11, 2022.
A spokesperson with the Department of Economic Growth, Tourism and Culture said that only a few seasonalwould be made available through the lottery, and it will not impact current seasonal .
However, the number of seasonalis not expected to increase.
“We reviewed our numbers for eachand determined some are not at their seasonal capacity,” the spokesperson said.
“PEI Parks strives to maintain a balance between providing sites for seasonalas well as having an appropriate number of sites available for shorter-term stays.”
This is split 60-40 between the short and seasonal stays.
will open on April 22, and, as in previous years, the number of is predicted to be extremely high.
MacDonald stated that high demand is a further reason for the province to implement a more equitable distribution of.
The provincialin PEI include Red Point , Northumberland , Panmure Island , Brudenell River , Jacques Cartier , Linkletter , Cabot Beach , and Cedar Dunes .
This story originally appeared on The Eastern Graphic.