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Nearly 4M visits to Saskatchewan’s provincial parks in 2016

Another attendance record has been set at Saskatchewan’s provincial parks and recreation sites. File / Global News

With nearly four million visits, provincial parks and recreation sites break a new attendance record in 2016, according to the Saskatchewan government.

Officials said visits increased by 108,000 over the record set in 2015.

“Our parks are great places for families to enjoy the high quality of life we have in the province,” Ken Cheveldayoff, Saskatchewan Minister of Parks, Culture and Sport, said.

“Saskatchewan provincial parks continue to gain popularity each year and it’s not hard to see why.”

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The provincial government is attributing the strong attendance numbers to its focus on providing engaging programs, desirable facilities and a commitment to customer service.

Learn to Fish is being hailed a success after its first year. The free program took place in nine locations and taught the basics of fishing to nearly 400 visitors.

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Additionally, 63 new campsites at Blackstrap provincial park opened to help boost visitation this year.

Applications for the seasonal camping program will be accepted from Jan. 4 to Feb. 2, 2017.

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