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2016 a Good Year for Mountain National Parks in Alberta: January Market Monitor

Solid growth in visitation indicates 2016 was a good year for Mountain National Parks in Alberta.

On average, Banff National Park receives more than half of all visitors to Alberta’s mountain parks. In 2016, between January and November, more than 3.6 million visitors choose to visit Banff National Park. That’s a 6.6% increase compared to the same period in 2015.

Jasper National Park welcomed more than 2 million visitors, an increase of 4% over January to November 2015. In addition, visitation to Waterton Lakes National Park totaled 530,400 from January to November 2016, an increase of 13.1% over the same months in 2015.

Looking at the numbers for November 2016 over 2015, both Banff and Jasper national parks had significant increases. Banff National Park increased by double digits to 12.7%, while Jasper National Park welcomed an estimated 15,000 more visitors for a total 132,000 visitors.

In celebration of Canada’s 150 years of Confederation, entry to all national parks is free in 2017. It is expected that all five national parks in Alberta could see higher visitation numbers, especially during the summer months. This may increase demand for accommodations in the parks and surrounding areas during this time.

View the complete 2017 January Market Monitor.

Annual editions and past editions of the Market Monitor are also available.


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