Num­bers up at pro­vin­cial parks

The Compass - - SPORTS -

With more than 64,000 camp­ing nights sold, there was a 7.8 per cent in­crease in oc­cu­pancy rates in pro­vin­cial parks in New­found­land and Labrador this camp­ing sea­son.

In ad­di­tion, there was a 9.1 per cent in­crease in the num­ber of reser­va­tions booked through the camp­site reser­va­tion sys­tem, mark­ing the sixth con­sec­u­tive year of growth in its us­age.

“I am very pleased with the con­tin­ued growth our camp­ing parks have ex­pe­ri­enced this year,” said Terry French, Min­is­ter of En­vi­ron­ment and Con­ser­va­tion.

All 13 camp­grounds are now closed for the 2012 camp­ing sea­son. These in­clude Bara­chois Pond, Blow Me Down, But­ter Pot, Dildo Run, French­man’s Cove, J.T. Cheese­man, La Manche, Lock­ston Path, Notre Dame, Pin­ware River, Pis­to­let Bay, Sand­banks and Sir Richard Squires Memo­rial Pro­vin­cial Park.

Cape St. Mary’s and Burnt Cape eco­log­i­cal re­serves closed Oct. 7, while Mis­taken Point Eco­log­i­cal Re­serve closed Oct. 8. Day-use parks closed Oct. 9.

“New­found­land and Labrador is clearly a tourism des­ti­na­tion un­like any other,” said Der­rick Dal­ley, Min­is­ter of Tourism, Cul­ture and Re­cre­ation.

The Parks and Nat­u­ral Ar­eas Division is re­spon­si­ble for the man­age­ment of 54 parks and pro­tected ar­eas, in­clud­ing 13 camp­ing parks, seven day-use parks, T’Rail­way Pro­vin­cial Park, 10 park re­serves, one wa­ter­way pro­vin­cial park, two wilder­ness re­serves, 18 eco­log­i­cal re­serves, one pub­lic re­serve and a spe­cial man­age­ment area. These ar­eas pro­tect sig­nif­i­cant nat­u­ral fea­tures of the prov­ince, while also pro­vid­ing out­door re­cre­ation, ed­u­ca­tion and re­search op­por­tu­ni­ties.

For more, call 709-635-4520 or visit www.gov.nl.ca/env/parks

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