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.

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“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

Quick facts

  • 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.