In spite of grey skies and rainy days, NWT Parks continued to shine through the 2018 season.
Led by a 122% increase in overnight stays in the Beaufort Delta, NWT Parks welcomed 36,526 visitors last year to campgrounds across the territory — an all-time record for territorial parks.
This is the fifth-straight year of increases in the use of NWT Parks.
The increases come on the heels of consecutive years of multi-million dollar investments by the GNWT and nearly $7 million in capital upgrades to parks in 2018-2019.
The results reflect a continued positive trend in the NWT’s tourism sector and ITI’s ongoing commitment to advance world-class parks infrastructure in accordance with the GNWT’s mandate for the 18th Legislative Assembly.
“Our parks have once again proven to be prime locations for visitors and residents exploring our territory. As we see continued growth, it’s clear our approach to investing in world-class parks infrastructure is working. We are committed to supporting the growth of tourism through ongoing investments, and promoting these attractions locally, nationally, and internationally.”
-Wally Schumann, Minister of Industry, Tourism and Investment
- Overall, camping was up 4% for NWT Territorial Parks
- 56.7% of overnight visitors to territorial parks visited from outside the Northwest Territories.
- On average, overnight visitors reported staying an average of 2.38 days.
- The busiest parks by-region were:
- Beaufort Delta: Happy Valley in the Beaufort Delta, over 3,400 campers
- Dehcho: Sambaa Deh Territorial Park, 900 campers
- North Slave: Fred Henne Territorial Park, over 11,000 campers
- South Slave: Hay River Territorial Park, nearly 3,800 campers.
- Data is based on camping permits and does not include seasonal or day use permits.
- Tourism 2020 — the NWT’s strategic plan for tourism development in the NWT — supports NWT Park development and encourages tours that showcase and use territorial parks and infrastructure.