Tourism Series: Investing in NWT Parks

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Camping, swimming, hiking and boating are just a few of the activities that locals and visitors enjoy in Northwest Territories (NWT) Parks.


The NWT has 32 territorial parks that are managed and maintained by the Department of Industry, Tourism and Investment (ITI) as well as five national parks.


The first of the campgrounds in NWT Parks open tomorrow – click here for a full list of opening and closing dates.


To see all the challenges so far, click here.

The number of visitors to NWT Parks is on the rise. In 2016, NWT Parks welcomed 29,158 visitors, the highest it’s been since 2003. Investments into parks infrastructure helps to attract visitors and promote tourism throughout the NWT.

By the Numbers: Parks 2017 Infrastructure Investment

  • Total investments in NWT parks exceeds $3.7 million
  • Beaufort Delta Region: $505,000
  • Dehcho Region: $625,000
  • North Slave Region: $950,000
  • Sahtu Region: $400,000
  • South Slave Region: $1,294,000

Parks Infrastructure Upgrades

These investments result in upgrades to parks throughout the NWT. A few examples include:

  • Improvements to the kitchen shelter at Fred Henne Territorial Park
  • New kitchen shelter and shower building at Blackstone Territorial Park
  • Improved hiking trails at Gwich’in Territorial Park
  • Upgrades to Prelude Lake Territorial Park, including a new loop and marina enhancements
  • Scheduled upgrade: development of a group camping site at Nitainlaii Territorial Park
  • Scheduled upgrade: improvements to hiking trails at Blackstone Territorial Park
  • Scheduled upgrade: additional overflow campsites at Kakisa River Territorial Park 

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