NWTers go camping come hell or high water, statistics show

Campers at a South Slave campsite in 2017
Campers at a South Slave campsite in 2017. Colin Field/NWT Tourism

Campgrounds in the Northwest Territories broke records in 2018 despite the kind of miserable weather ordinarily enjoyed only by ducks and Vancouver residents.

Last year was one of the wettest-ever for some parts of the territory. Yellowknife endured the second-highest annual rainfall in its history.

Despite that, NWT Parks set an all-time record of 36,526 campground visitors – a four percent year-on-year increase – according to figures released by the territorial government on Thursday.

In a statement, Industry Minister Wally Schumann said the figure was evidence “our approach to investing in world-class parks infrastructure is working.”



Others may conclude it is evidence northern residents are hellbent on making the most of the short summer season, regardless of whether summer actually turns up.

The number of visits of course includes tourists as well as locals.

Overall, 56.7 percent of campers came from outside the NWT, though in the North Slave three-quarters of campers were from the territory.

Fred Henne Territorial Park, with more than 11,000 campers, was the busiest in the NWT, while camping in the Beaufort Delta more than doubled as the new Inuvik-Tuk Highway opened.