VANCOUVER, British Columbia, May 17, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Campers frustrated by sold-out campsites have a new ally in Campnab. Developed by two Vancouver-based campers, the app monitors campgrounds for cancellations. It then notifies users of availabilities, via text message. The app promises to get nature-lovers into the great outdoors, this summer.
Online campsite booking systems are problematic. Savvy campers reserve spots many months in advance. This leaves others unable to find a campsite, spoiling their summer plans. Eric Shelkie (Campnab's creator) experienced this frustration first-hand. He had recently bought a campervan but found himself unable to book a campsite.
Shelkie's ah-ha moment came while watching his wife repeatedly hit the refresh button on a campground booking website. He explains, "It took a while, but, a spot did open up. I started to wonder how often this happened." Shelkie then programmed an application to automatically watch for new vacancies. Soon, he found himself bombarded by more openings than he could use. So, he asked friend, and designer, Eric Karjaluoto whether they should "make it pretty" and open it up to the public.
Within days, they made Campnab (https://www.campnab.com) available to B.C. residents. Shortly thereafter they did the same for campers in Ontario. "What we found was eye-opening. In those 2 provinces, up to 4,000 new campsites opened up, every day. I suspect most don't realize how many cancellations there are, so, they give up on looking—and those spots potentially go unused."
Through the app, campers note when, where, and how long they want to camp. They also provide their mobile phone number and select a payment option. Campnab then continually scans that park for cancellations. If a suitable spot comes available, the app sends a notification via text message. From there, it's up to the camper to book his/her spot.
Campers access the service in two ways. Infrequent campers can use the pay-per-use option. This costs $10 – $20 to track a single location, date, and duration. Regular campers may opt for memberships ($5 – $15/month), which allow them to monitor more campgrounds, at a lower price.
Although Campnab is still in its infancy, users are enthusiastic about the service. Campnab member Christine Muzsik remarks, "I love Campnab! I'm booked up for most of the weekends in July and August—half of which I found through Campnab."
Besides BC and Ontario parks, Campnab now scans parks in Washington State, California, and Oregon. It also scans Canadian National Parks, and many parks and recreation sites across the United States.
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Eric Shelkie camping and coding
Campnab creator Eric Shelkie works on the Campnab app, while out camping with his family.
Enjoying the fruits of his labors
Eric Shelkie and his family enjoy a weekend of camping, made possible through the campsite notifications app he created.
More people around campfires
Campnab's mission is to help people discover nature—and share moments with friends around a bustling campfire (s'mores optional).
Canoeing at Agonquin Park
The creators of Campnab are frequently hiking, biking, and canoeing in Canada's spectacular parks.