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May long weekend campers heading out to nine provincial parks in Ontario will be subject to a liquor ban.

The temporary bans will be in place from noon on Thursday, May 19 until 6 p.m. on Monday, May 23, the Toronto Globe reported.

Sites that fall under the temporary ban include:
Aspen Beach Provincial Park
Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park
Dillberry Lake Provincial Park
Garner Lake Provincial Park
Jarvis Bay Provincial Park
Miquelon Lake Provincial Park
Pigeon Lake Provincial Park
Wabamun Lake Provincial Park
Whitney Lakes Provincial Park

“Most campers, who enjoy a glass of wine with their meal or a beer around the campfire, do so without disturbing their neighbors. However, at these select sites, temporary liquor bans have proven to be the safest, most effective tool in preventing inappropriate, liquor-related enforcement occurrences during the Victoria Day long weekend,” said Tourism, Parks and Recreation Minister Cindy Ady.

“Our goal is to ensure provincial parks are safe and enjoyable places for all of our visitors,” said Ady.
The province has implemented liquor bans at provincial parks on long weekends since 2004.

To simply pitch a tent at a California state campground in the local mountains these days costs $30. To camp at the state beaches, the cost jumps.

The state budget crunch is taking its toll on those who want an inexpensive night under the stars and a roaring campfire.

But head in a different direction, to a San Diego county campground such as William Heise near Julian or Dos Picos near Ramona, and the fees are considerably less. And campers may be starting to figure that out.

“We’re the best value in town,” said Frank Special, chief of park operations for the county. “We have trails, wonderful campsites, oak groves, and we’re close.”

Several county campgrounds have seen a moderate increase in use since late last summer, when the state, which operates popular camping parks such as Cuyamaca Rancho, Palomar and Anza-Borrego, raised rates by a third or more.

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