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BARACHOIS POND — As campers gear up for another season in the great outdoors some parks are already opened, while others are getting ready for a season that opens a little later.

Gerard King of St. George’s was one of the people setting up camp for the summer at Barachois Pond Provincial Park, the largest provincial park in Newfoundland and Labrador, at 3,500 hectares, when it opened on Wednesday.

“We’ve always camped here,” he said. “A few years back and for years before that we (family) camped in tents and graduated to a camper trailer last year. This year we upgraded to a full size trailer and it will be here until the park closes in September.”

Other relatives are set up at another site in Barachois Park, located just off the Trans-Canada Highway between Route 490 intersection and the intersection to Burgeo Highway.

King and his friend Dean White will have lots of company during the summer as the park features 150 campsites, each with a picnic table, fireplace and garbage can. There are comfort stations located in the park with hot and cold running water, showers, washbasins, flush toilets and laundry facilities.

Tina Coffey, public relations specialist with the Department of Environment and Conservation, said there are no new features being added to Barachois Park this year, but visitors can still take advantage of all the services the park has to offer.

One of them is the trail up Erin Mountain, a two and a half-hour hike to the 340 metre summit, which provides a panoramic view of St. George’s Bay.

As in recent years, there will be alcohol ban in the park for the Victoria Day weekend. Other amenities include an interpretation program, swimming area and a children’s playground.

Barachois Pond Provincial Park remains open until Sept. 19.

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