Parks Canada Attendance 2008-09 to 2012-13

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

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Pacific Rim Reserve excludes Broken Group Islands, Willowbrae Trail, and West Coast Trail data.
  4. Prince Edward Island National Park excludes visitation data from Green Gables House.
  5. Sault Ste. Marie Canal: May to October includes land based visitation and boaters. Other months are land based visitation only.
  6. Trent-Severn Waterway and Rideau Canal data represents land based activity only.
  7. Tuktut Nogait began reporting attendance in 2007-08
  8. St. Peter's Canal began reporting attendance in 2009-10
  9. Canada Marine Discovery Centre closed permanently in 2010-11
  10. St. Andrew's Rectory began operating as a non-staffed site in 2011-12 and is no longer able to report attendance
  11. Kejimkujik figures do not include those of the Seaside Adjunct

Specific Year & Location-Specific Notations

2008-09

The following locations contain 3 or more months of estimated data: Bruce Peninsula NP, Prince Edward Island NP, Rideau Canal NHS, Riding Mountain NP, Sault Ste. Marie Canal NHS, Sulphur Mountain Cosmic Ray Station NHS, Terra Nova NP, Wood Buffalo NP
The following locations have revised their attendance methodology: Cape Breton Highlands NP, Fathom Five NMCA, Halifax Citadel NHS, Prince Edward Island NP, Saint Lawrence Islands NP, Woodside NHS
The following locations were closed for the year due to renovations / repairs: Queenston Heights NHS
Bethune Memorial House NHS: China earthquake repercussions played a role in the decrease
Fort Edward NHS: Shorter number of operating days played a role in the decrease
Fort Langley NHS: BC 150 events played a role in the increase
Fortifications of Quebec NHS: Quebec 400 Celebrations played a role in the increase
Green Gables House: Increase in cruise ships and Anne promotions played a role in the increase.
Gulf of Georgia Cannery NHS: BC 150 events, increased programming, and Rivermania special event played a role in the increase
Kejimkujik NP: Two tropical storms played a role in the decrease.
Kluane NP: Major highway reconstruction in front of Tachal Dhal Visitor Centre played a role in the decrease.
La Mauricie NP: Poor weather played a role in the decrease.
Port-la-Joye - Fort Amherst NHS: Re-opened in 2008 after structural repairs and renovations in 2007.
Province House NHS: Increase in cruise ships and school groups played a role in the increase
The Forks NHS: Two special events on site played a significant role in the increase

2009-10

The following locations contain 3 or more months of estimated data: Bruce Peninsula, Fathom Five, Fundy, Green Gables House, Jasper Park Information Centre, Kluane, Nahanni, Rogers Pass, Sault Ste. Marie Canal, Sulphur Mountain Cosmic Ray Station, Terra Nova, York Redoubt
The following locations have revised their attendance methodology: Aulavik, Battle of the Windmill, Fort Beauséjour – Fort Cumberland, Fort Lennox, Ivvavik, Manoir-Papineau, Rideau Canal, Saint-Ours Canal, Tuktut Nogait, Wood Buffalo
The following locations were closed for the year due to renovations / repairs / flooding: None
Auyuittuq: Decrease in cruise ships played a role in the decrease.
Gulf of Georgia Cannery: 2010 Winter Olympics celebrations played a role in the increase.
Kejimkujik: Poor weather played a role in the decrease.
Lower Fort Garry: Canada day, group tours, and special event attendance played a role in the increase.
Prince of Wales Tower: Additional week of operating hours played a role in the increase.
Province House: New evening program (sound & light show) played a role in the increase.
Pukaskwa: Poor weather played a role in the decrease.
Queenston Heights: Re-opended in 2009.
Quttinirpaaq: Decrease in cruise ships played a role in the decrease.
Rocky Mountain House: Canada day and school groups played a role in the increase.
Sirmilik: Decrease in cruise ships played a role in the decrease.
St. Andrew's Rectory: A large special event played a role in the increase.

2010-11

The following locations contain 3 or more months of estimated data: Aulavik, Cape Breton Highlands, Ivvavik, Kouchibouguac, Riding Mountain, Rogers Pass, Sulphur Mountain Cosmic Ray Station, Terra Nova, Tuktut Nogait, and York Redoubt
The following locations have revised their attendance methodology: Sault Ste. Marie Canal
The following locations were closed for the year due to renovations / repairs / flooding: None
Banff Park Museum: Exterior renovations may have played a role in the increase.
Bar U Ranch: Restaurant and VRC Gift shop increases may have played a role in the increase.
Battle of the Windmill: Decline (in Sept) can be explained by being open fewer days (6) and fewer special events.
Canada Marine Discovery Centre: Closed operations.
Cartier-Brébeuf: Increased special activities and better visitor access.
Castle Hill: Attendance numbers dropped in September due in part to Hurricane Igor.
Cave and Basin: Location closed July 5 for renovations - explaining the decline.
Chambly Canal: Unfavourable weather compared to 2009-10.
Fort Wellington: Decline can be explained by smaller-scale Loyalist Day events offered, and early closure of site (Sept 6).
Fortifications of Québec: Construction on Dufferin Terasse started mid-August which may play a role in the decrease.
Halifax Citadel: Front entrance closed December to March due to construction. Rainnie Dr. Entrance reopened affecting the traffic counts.
Kouchibouguac: October to March figures were estimated due to construction at the VRC and counter damage.
Lachine Canal: Unfavourable weather compared to 2009-10.
Lévis Forts: No special activities.
Marconi: Decline can be explained by no radio operators on-site daily.
Pacific Rim: Figures from May through September have been adjusted to account for West Coast Trail visitation.
Point Pelee: June 2010: park was closed for 4 days and visitation was impacted for 2 weeks due to a tornado in the area. November & December 2010: the south portion of the park closed to visitors due to AIP construction projects.
Prince of Wales Tower: Closed Sept 3, 2010 - four fewer days of operation than 2009.
Rideau Canal: Please note that the reported statistics for the canal do not include the following visitors:
Winterlude, Ottawa (The National Capital Commission estimates that Winterlude 2010 attracted 600,000 visitors)
Rideau Canal Festival (2010 attendance was 150,000)
Parks Canada-supported museums / sites along the Rideau Canal: (Bytown Museum 2010 - 12,000 visitors; Rideau Canal Museum 2010 - 7,200 visitors; Merrickville Blockhouse 2010 - 11,000 visitors.)
Ryan Premises: Attendance numbers dropped in September due in part to Hurricane Igor.
Wapusk: In 2009, Parks Canada partnered with a tour operator to fly over and land in the park. In 2010 the tour operator did not think it was feasible and stopped offering the tours, explaining the large decrease in visitation.

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 may have played a role in the decrease.
Chambly Canal: Flooding along the Richelieu River (April, May, and June) may have played a role in the decrease.
Fort Chambly: Flooding along the Richelieu River (April, May, and June) may have played a role in the decrease.
Fort Lennox: Flooding along the Richelieu River (April, May, and June) may have played a role in the decrease.
Fort Wellington: Loyalist Days celebration may have played a role in the increase.
Fortifications of Québec: Construction on the Dufferin Terasse may play a role in the decrease.
Grasslands: Nature of the methodology recording change: Resolved reporting inconsistencies. Flooding and road closures may also have 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 may have played a role in the decrease.
Lévis Forts: More special activities may have played a role in the increase.
Louis S. St. Laurent: More special activities may have played a role in the increase.
Port-la-Joye–Fort Amherst: Site improvements and increased media coverage may have 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 may have played a role in the decrease.
Saint-Ours Canal: A delay to the start of the season due to flooding (May and June) may have 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 may have played a role in the decrease.
The Fur Trade at Lachine: Fewer school groups may have played a role in the decrease.
Woodside: Flooding (September) and resulting closure of the main building may have 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, St. Andrew's Rectory, and Woodside.
Kejimkujik: Poor weather may have played a role in the decrease.
La Mauricie: Good weather during the summer may have 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 may have contributed to the decrease.
Fort Beauséjour: An earlier closing date may have contributed to the decrease.
Battle of the Châteauguay: Completed road work and increase in media due to 1812 celebrations may have played a role in the increase.
Battle of the Restigouche: An earlier closing date may have 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 may have 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 may have 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 may have 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 may have played a role in the increase.