Parks Canada Sites See Increased Attendance for 2015 Visitor Season

Online Reservation System opens in January to make 2016 planning easier

GATINEAU, QC, Dec. 18, 2015 /CNW/ - Parks Canada's 2015 visitor season provided amazing adventures and opportunities for visitors to national parks, national historic sites and national marine conservation areas across the country. Parks Canada today announced its locations have welcomed close to 20 million people by September 30, the end of the primary visitor season – an increase of six percent over the same period last year.

Parks Canada is the country's largest tourism provider and delivers memorable visitor experiences to millions of people while conserving these special places for all Canadians. Parks Canada is preparing for a great year in 2016 with visitor infrastructure investments, exciting new local events and activities, and additional oTENTik accommodations – a cross between a tent and a rustic A-frame cabin.

New for 2016, Parks Canada's on-line reservation system will be available in January, making it easier for visitors to plan their trips early. Visitors are encouraged to check Parks Canada's website for the new booking date of their favourite campground to make sure they get the site they want.

As we near the 150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017, the Government of Canada invites Canadians to experience and learn more about our environment and our heritage. Canada's national parks and national historic sites enable Canadians to experience their rich history and heritage in a special way and will play a big part in Canada's anniversary celebrations.

Quick Facts

  • Parks Canada will add a total of 240 oTENTik visitor accommodations over the next three years, doubling the number of these popular accommodations available across the country.
  • In 2015, Parks Canada received more than 210,000 campground reservations across the country – an increase of 27 percent over last year.
  • Parks Canada's network of 46 national parks, including Rouge National Urban Park, 168 national historic sites and four national marine conservation areas is one of the finest and most extensive systems of protected natural and cultural heritage areas in the world.


"As a vibrant part of Canada's tourism industry, Parks Canada and its employees are proud to welcome Canadians and international visitors to experience and enjoy one of the finest systems of protected places in the world. The success of the 2015 visitor season builds on the reputation of Parks Canada as offering gateways to nature, adventure and discovery, and helps grow local tourism and create jobs. We look forward to welcoming new and returning visitors for what promises to be an exciting year ahead."

Daniel Watson
CEO, Parks Canada

Associated Link
Parks Canada On-Line Reservation Service


SOURCE Parks Canada

For further information: Media Relations, Parks Canada Agency, 855-862-1812,

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