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Barachois Provincial Park continues to be one of the busiest parks in Newfoundland and Labrador.
CORNER BROOK The latest statistics from the provincial government indicate more people are camping at provincial parks and visiting ecological reserves around Newfoundland and Labrador.
Around 66,000 camping nights were sold this year throughout the province — a four per cent increase over the previous year. In addition, 12,300 people visited Cape St. Mary’s Ecological Reserve and 1,000 people toured the Mistaken Point Ecological Reserve.
Sir Richard Squires Memorial Provincial Park on the Upper Humber River in western Newfoundland, a popular destination for anglers and people wanting to watch Atlantic salmon trying to leap their way over Big Falls, was joined by Dildo Run and Sandbanks on the list of provincial parks experiencing the largest increase in the number of camping nights sold compared to 2012.
Barachois Pond, Butter Pot, and Notre Dame Provincial Parks remain the busiest parks in the province.
“It really is fantastic to see camping is still a favourite thing to do for many people in our province,” said Environment and Conservation Minister Tom Hedderson. “I am very pleased with the continued growth in popularity of our parks and to see our residents getting out and experiencing the wonder of our ecological reserves.”
All 13 campgrounds are now closed for the 2013 season. Day-use parks, including Chance Cove, the Arches, Cataracts, Codroy Valley, Deadman’s Bay, Dungeon and Gooseberry Cove, remain open until Oct. 7. Ecological reserves remain open until Oct. 18.