Alberta Parks welcomed people from all over the world in 2023.
With over 470 provincial parks and recreation areas and 250 campgrounds with almost 14,000 campsites, it's no wonder people travel here for their vacations.
The province welcomed visitors from 36 countries, including many from the United States. more than 254,000 camping reservations were made this year with a satisfaction rate of 87 percent.
“Parks are for people, and people are using our parks. With a provincial park or recreation area within an hour of virtually every community in the province, our parks system is accessible to every Albertan and attracts visitors from around the world. I’m very proud of our successful season," Minister of Forestry and Parks, Todd Loewen said in a media release.
The Alberta Government will be investing $211.3 million over three years to improve and expand recreation and access to parks and across public lands because of that Albertans also enjoyed several recently completed capital projects around the province.
Those projects included new boat launch sites, upgraded trails and signage in Dinosaur Provincial Park, backcountry campground refurbishments in Kananaskis Country, the reopening of Grassi Lakes day-use area, and the reopening of the Winagami Lake Provincial Park wading pool.
This year, Alberta's provincial parks added $1 billion to Alberta's GDP, as well as almost 9,000 jobs and $400 million in labour income to the provincial economy.
More than 110,000 Albertans and visitors took part in more than 1,600 park programs, including amphitheater shows, guided excursions, special events, and drop-in programs.
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