Glacier National Park had a record number of visitors this summer, and the visitation increase is no anomaly. Last year the park had 2.36 million visitors, which was a record breaking number, and the attendance was even higher this year. This July had the park’s highest ever attendance, with August having the second highest attendance ever. (Read this article from the Flathead Beacon for more info on this year’s record tourist season and how the park services and infrastructure are being prepared for next year.)
It’s not just Glacier National Park that’s been busy – we’ve noted record attendance in the mountain national parks in Western Canada this year, too. And with 20017 being the 150th birthday of Canada as a nation, the parks will probably be even busier next year! That’s because Parks Canada is waiving park entrance fees in 2017 to celebrate the Canada’s 150th birthday.
Watch for the 2017 edition of Experience the Mountain Parks to learn about hidden gems and places to avoid the masses. With the possibility of another year of record-breaking activity in the parks, you won’t want to miss those tips. Many of the parks in Canada have year-round services with lots to see and do, so there’s no need to wait until next summer for your next visit to a park!