News that the Yukon Territory’s only Walmart will ban overnight camping this summer comes as a surprise to Maurice and Francoise St-Jules. They have spent more than $200 at the store this trip alone, and like to stay there “because we can buy everything at our door.”
In an email statement, a Walmart spokesperson said rules on overnight parking for RVs and campers vary from store to store, reports the Yukon News, and “depends on a variety of factors including municipal by-laws and the amount of parking required for customers.”
“Our Whitehorse store will end overnight parking this summer following several customer complaints about unsafe parking conditions and debris in the parking lot,” the spokesperson wrote.
Morris Kostiuk, owner of Pioneer RV Park and Campground in Whitehorse, said he’s not holding his breath for the ban. His campground is a 10-minute drive from downtown and has been open for 38 years, with RV camping starting at $35 per night. This weekend is the only time he’s been full all summer.
The rest of the time he operates anywhere between 50 and 70 percent capacity. Kostiuk said he has good reason to believe Walmart is to blame.
“All I know is at that time (Walmart was built) there were five RV parks in the city and now we only have two. There’s a direct result by itself.”