Alberta’s national parks saw a “record-breaking” year in 2016, according to Tourism Alberta.
The parks saw the highest visitors since 2004, according to numbers from the Alberta Tourism Market Monitor.
Tourism in Banff was up 4.7 per cent from 2015, with four million visitors checking out the park.
Similarly, Jasper National Park welcomed more than two million visitors, which is an increase of almost four per cent.
Waterton Lake’s tourism numbers jumped nearly 13 per cent, with more than half a million visitors checking out the sites.
“Albertans should be proud of their dynamic and resilient tourism industry,” tourism minister Ricardo Miranda said in a release.
“Whether Albertans are enjoying staycations, or visitors are coming for a holiday, tourism continues to spur economic growth, creates jobs, and make lives better for Albertans.”
Alberta’s tourism industry employs more than 127,000 people across the province.
More than 34 million people visited Alberta in 2015, and spent $8.1 billion dollars.