It’s about 20 degrees warmer than it was two days ago, so our thoughts rightly turn to camping.

The NWT Parks 2018 campground opening and closing dates have been published. The action begins with the four North Slave and Sahtu parks, which open on May 11. Last to close will be the Blackstone and Fort Simpson territorial parks in the Dehcho, on October 1.

If you’re interested in booking a campground space, take careful note of this information: the online reservation system will open at 10am MT on Wednesday, April 11 – with the exception of reservations for the Fred Henne territorial park in Yellowknife which, to keep you on your toes, will open at 10am MT on the following day, Thursday, April 12.

There are 21 campgrounds on the list. On the off chance you’re not familiar with all of them, you can download a guide to the whole lot here and maybe start planning a trip to a lesser-known one.

In 2016, the latest year for which figures are available, Little Buffalo River Falls park in the South Slave was by far the least-visited getaway, registering just 10 overnight stays. Second-quietest was Nitainlaii territorial park, on the Dempster Highway just south of Fort McPherson near the Yukon border, with 321 overnight stays.