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Parks Canada Attendance 2010-11 to 2014-15

General Notations

Data are considered to be accurate at time of presentation.
A fiscal year of data represents the period from April 1 to March 31.
Only reporting units with established recording methodology are included in the report.
The attendance statistic reported is person-visits:

Each time a person enters the land or marine part of a reporting unit for recreational, educational or cultural purposes during business hours. Through, local and commercial traffic are excluded. Same day re-entries and re-entries by visitors staying overnight in the reporting unit do not constitute new person-visits.

Visitor attendance data does not include external programming activities such as visitation to schools, presentations to the public, etc.
Trends in visitor data must be interpreted with caution. The very nature of our national park and national historic site locations makes controlled access difficult to manage. Significant fluctuations in volume can be attributed to many ad hoc factors such as flooding, fire, special events and weather extremes. External factors must also be taken into consideration before determining if a variation is statistically significant. Please see Specific Year Notations for an explanation of variances.

Location-Specific General Notations

A. Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse are separate national historic sites. Their close proximity to each other necessitates the inclusion of their data as one reporting unit for visitor attendance.
B. Glacier and Mount Revelstoke are separate national parks. Their close proximity to each other necessitates the inclusion of their data as one reporting unit for visitor attendance.
C. Pacific Rim Reserve excludes Broken Group Islands, Willowbrae Trail, and West Coast Trail data.
D. Prince Edward Island National Park excludes visitation data from Green Gables House.
E. Sault Ste. Marie Canal: Includes land based visitation and boaters.
F. Trent-Severn Waterway and Rideau Canal data represents land based activity only.
G. Canada Marine Discovery Centre closed permanently in 2010-11.
H. St. Andrew's Rectory began operating as a non-staffed site in 2011-12 and no longer reports attendance.
I. Kejimkujik figures do not include those of the Seaside Adjunct.
J. Port-la-Joye – Fort Amherst is no longer able to report attendance.
K. St. Peters Canal is no longer able to report attendance.
L. Battle of the Windmill is no longer able to report attendance.
M. Jasper Park Information Centre is no longer reporting attendance.

Specific Year & Location-Specific Notations

2011-12

The following locations contain 3 or more months of estimated data: Pacific Rim, Pukaskwa, Sault Ste. Marie Canal, Sulphur Mountain Cosmic Ray Station, and Terra Nova.
The following locations have revised their attendance methodology: Pukaskwa, Grasslands, St. Andrew's Rectory, and Jasper Park Information Center.
The following locations were closed for the year due to renovations / repairs / flooding: Cave and Basin.
Cartier-Brébeuf: Fewer special activities in 2011 played a role in the decrease.
Chambly Canal: Flooding along the Richelieu River (April, May, and June) played a role in the decrease.
Fort Chambly: Flooding along the Richelieu River (April, May, and June) played a role in the decrease.
Fort Lennox: Flooding along the Richelieu River (April, May, and June) played a role in the decrease.
Fort Wellington: Loyalist Days celebration played a role in the increase.
Fortifications of Québec: Construction on the Dufferin Terasse played a role in the decrease.
Grasslands: Nature of the methodology recording change: Resolved reporting inconsistencies. Flooding and road closures played a role in the decrease.
Jasper Park Information Center: Nature of the methodology recording change: Automated counters.
Kejimkujik: Rainy weather in May and June played a role in the decrease.
Lévis Forts: More special activities played a role in the increase.
Louis S. St. Laurent: More special activities played a role in the increase.
Port-la-Joye–Fort Amherst: Site improvements and increased media coverage played a role in the increase.
Pukaskwa: Nature of the methodology recording change: Now includes Robin Superior Treaty Group usage.
Quttinirpaaq: The lack of an ice-breaker ship, a fuel shortage, and no cruise ship stops in the region played a role in the decrease.
Saint-Ours Canal: A delay to the start of the season due to flooding (May and June) played a role in the decrease.
St. Andrew's Rectory: Nature of the methodology recording change: Now operated as a non-staffed site.
The Forks: The Dragon Boat Festival did not return in 2011 and played a role in the decrease.
The Fur Trade at Lachine: Fewer school groups played a role in the decrease.
Woodside: Flooding (September) and resulting closure of the main building played a role in the decrease.

2012-13

The following locations contain 3 or more months of estimated data: Sulphur Mountain Cosmic Ray Station, Terra Nova, and York Redoubt.
The following locations have revised their attendance methodology: Castle Hill.
The following locations were closed for the year due to renovations / repairs / flooding: Cave and Basin.
The following locations did not report attendance in 2012-13: Battle of the Windmill, Jasper Park Information Centre, Port-la-Joye–Fort Amherst, and St. Andrew's Rectory.
Kejimkujik: Poor weather played a role in the decrease.
La Mauricie: Good weather during the summer played a role in the increase.
Ivvavik: Fly-in base camp hiking week-ends contributed to the increase.
Aulavik: The only licensed commercial operator ceased operations in 2012, contributing to the decrease.
Halifax Citadel: One less special event than previous year contributed to the decrease.
Port Royal: An earlier closing date contributed to the decrease.
Fort Beauséjour: An earlier closing date contributed to the decrease.
Battle of the Châteauguay: Completed road work and increase in media due to 1812 celebrations played a role in the increase.
Battle of the Restigouche: An earlier closing date contributed to the decrease.
Cartier-Brébeuf: Fewer special events and reserved groups played a role in the decrease.
Chambly Canal: Returning to normal after flooding in 2011.
Forges du Saint-Maurice: Fewer school and organized groups contributed to the decrease.
Fort Lennox: Returning to normal after flooding in 2011.
Fort Témiscamingue: Less promotion than the previous year played a role in the decrease.
Fortifications of Quebec: End of construction on the Dufferin Terasse played a role in the increase.
Lévis Forts: Fewer special events played a role in the decrease.
Louis S. St. Laurent: Fewer special events played a role in the decrease.
Sir George-Étienne Cartier: An earlier closing date and less attendance at Victorian Christmas contributed to the decrease.
Sir Wilfrid Laurier: Fewer special events played a role in the decrease.
The Fur Trade at Lachine: An earlier closing date and fewer groups contributed to the decrease.
Fort St. Joseph: War of 1812 special events played a role in the increase.
The Forks: Return of the Dragon Boat festival and opening of new heritage Adventure Park played a role in the increase.

2013-14

The following locations contain 3 or more months of estimated data: Riding Mountain, Sulphur Mountain Cosmic Ray Station, Terra Nova, and York Redoubt.
The following locations have revised their attendance methodology: Kluane, The Forks, Wood Buffalo, and York Redoubt.
The following locations were closed for the year due to renovations / repairs / flooding / other: Prince of Wales Tower.
The following locations did not report attendance in 2013-14: Battle of the Windmill, Jasper Park Information Centre, Port-la-Joye–Fort Amherst, St. Andrew's Rectory, and St. Peters Canal.
The following locations were negatively impacted by the Alberta floods in June 2013 (either through closures of the locations themselves or main highways): Banff, Bar U Ranch, Kootenay, Rocky Mountain House, Waterton Lakes, and Yoho.
Gwaii Haanas: Does not include visitors who went to the Legacy Pole raising at Hlk'yah GawGa/Windy Bay on August 15, 2013.
Castle Hill: Re-organization of the Visitor Centre entrance played a role in the increase.
Fortress of Louisbourg: Celebrations for the 300th anniversary of Louisbourg played a role in the increase.
Province House: Some closures for renovations contributed to the decrease.
Carillon Canal: Poor weather contributed to the decrease.
Chambly Canal: Poor weather contributed to the decrease.
Lachine Canal: More special events (Evenco, C2M, Festival Folk, and Village Éphémère) played a role in the increase.
Lévis Forts: Changes to operating hours, fewer school groups, and fewer special event visitors played a role in the decrease.
Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue Canal: Poor weather contributed to the decrease.
Saint-Ours Canal: Poor weather contributed to the decrease.
Bar U Ranch: Closures due to Alberta floods contributed to the decrease.
Klondike NHS: Changes to service offer contributed to the decrease.
S.S. Klondike: Changes to entry fees played a role in the increase.

2014-15

The following locations contain 3 or more months of estimated data: Sulphur Mountain Cosmic Ray Station and Terra Nova.
The following locations have revised their attendance methodology: Pukaskwa, The Forks, and Fort St Joseph.
The following locations were closed for the year due to renovations / repairs / flooding / other: Prince of Wales Tower.
The following locations did not report attendance in 2014-15: Battle of the Windmill, Jasper Park Information Centre, Port-la-Joye–Fort Amherst, St. Andrew's Rectory, and St. Peters Canal.
Kluane: Loss of a major bus tour operator to the region contributed to the decline. Some of this was off-set with increased hours at the Visitor Centre and a season extension in September.
Red Bay: Issues with the ferry to Labrador due to construction played a role in the decrease.
York Redoubt: Fewer reporting days in 2014-15.
Artillery Park: Includes “Carnaval de Quebec” special activity (February), contributing to the increase.
Cartier-Brébeuf: Success of special activities contributed to the increase.
Lévis Forts: Success of special activity “Twilight Concert” contributed to the increase.
Sir George-Étienne Cartier: Opening the site to organised groups in the off-season, and the Victorian Christmas program, played a role in the increase.
Fort St. Joseph: Poor weather contributed to the decrease.
Sault Ste. Marie Canal: Poor weather contributed to the decrease.
The Forks: Reverted back to previous methodology prior to 2013-14.
Fort Battleford: Poor weather contributed to the decrease.
Fort Walsh: Poor weather and some flooding contributed to the decrease.
Motherwell Homestead: Poor weather, flooding, and issues with the booking reservation system contributed to the decrease.
Chilkoot Trail: Poor weather and some flooding contributed to the decrease.
Klondike NHSs: Decrease in tour operator pass purchases due to return of fully operational river cruises.
S.S. Klondike: Removal of entry fee continued to play a role in the increase.

2015-16

The following locations contain 3 or more months of estimated data: Kouchibouguac, Georgian Bay Islands, Manoir Papineau, Sault Ste. Marie Canal, Sulphur Mountain Cosmic Ray Station, and Trent-Severn Waterway.
The following locations have revised their attendance methodology: Grasslands, Klondike National Historic Sites, Pukaskwa, Riding Mountain, S.S. Klondike, Terra Nova and Thousand Islands.
The following locations were closed for the year due to renovations / repairs / flooding / other: Province House, Prince of Wales Tower.
The following locations did not report attendance in 2015-16: Battle of the Windmill, Jasper Park Information Centre, Port-la-Joye–Fort Amherst, St. Andrew's Rectory, and St. Peters Canal.
Kouchibouguac: Data was replicated due to inoperable counters.
Sirmilik: Students on Ice program played a role in the increase.
Signal Hill: The closure of the Cabot Tower from May to July played a role in the decrease.
Fort Malden: Fewer special events in September contributed to the decrease.
Fort St. Joseph: Reduced operating days and hours contributed to the decrease.
Bar U Ranch: Reductions in facility bookings and evening programs contributed to the decrease.
Chilkoot Trail: The increase of White Pass & Yukon Route Railway scheduled stops in and out of the site contributed to the increase.