Over 10 million visitors explored Alberta’s provincial parks this year.
Over the summer, according to the province, more than 260,000 camping reservations were processed this year, resulting in more than 642,000 occupied camper nights across the province and an 85 per cent overall satisfaction rating from visitors.
This summer also saw the reopening of William Watson Lodge in Peter Lougheed Provincial Park.
William Watson Lodge provides year-round, barrier-free wilderness lodging and experiences to persons with disabilities, people who are terminally ill, seniors and their families.
The Alberta government provided more than $6 million to bring the facility up to accessibility standards and enhance visitor experiences.
"Our provincial parks system benefits every Albertan while attracting visitors from around the world," said Minister of Forestry, Parks and Tourism, Todd Loewen, " I am proud to share that we had another successful summer camping and recreation season, and we are beginning what will be a busy winter. At the end of the day, parks are for people, for people to explore, appreciate nature, learn and enjoy."
Alberta’s provincial parks are a key part of the provincial economy, supporting opportunities and jobs in tourism and hospitality and drawing visitors to communities across the province.