Overall, the summer of 2017 has been pretty good for both Bruce Peninsula National Park and Fathom Five National Marine Park in Tobermory.
Monique Wall is the Visitor Experience Manager for both parks and tells 98 The Beach (Bayshore Broadcasting News) while it was a fairly busy summer, they were very well prepared for the influx of visitors.
"Yes, were were very well prepared for the 2017 season," says Wall. "We had al kinds of different programs and preparations in place."
The numbers, according to Parks Canada, were a little higher than last year during the same time, with roughly 25,000 people passing through the Visitors' Centre in Tobermory prior to taking in one of the two National Parks on the Bruce Peninsula.
Between May and August of 2017, Wall says visitation levels were up about 4% over the same period last year (2016).
The newly introduced timed parking system was also in place at both parks meaning visitors were able to better plan their trips and visits to the parks.
And of course, with 2017 marking Canada 150 Celebrations, Parks Canada issued free passes to Canadians from Coast to Coast to Coast allowing them to visit National Parks, Heritage Sites and other places at no cost.
Wall notes the Visitor Centre in Tobermory is actually the booming point for both Fathom Five AND Bruce Peninsula National Park.
"We encourage people to come trip planning so they have their spot; they'll come here and then we can help them with their experience and get the most out of their visit," adds Wall.