Numbers up at provincial parks
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