Campers can expect upgrades at some of their favourite territorial parks now that camping season is officially open in the Northwest Territories.

Most parks in the NWT are now open with the exception of Sambaa Deh Falls and Fort Simpson Territorial Park which open on Friday. Blackstone Territorial Park and parks along the Dempster Highway open on June 1.

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The territorial government’s Department of Industry, Tourism and Investment (ITI) says park users will notice improvements at a number of facilities this year, including ones in Yellowknife.

The department has committed $3.5 million to the NWT’s five regions and has also invested in marketing strategies outside of the territory to drive campers here.

“From the Beaufort Delta to the Dehcho, the NWT is fortunate to have the most unique, spectacular parks the world has to offer,” said Bob McLeod, minister of ITI.

“The [department] is working to leverage this natural beauty with strategic investment to bring explorers from across the nation and the world to our territory in support of a stronger, more diverse economy while providing world-class facilities for the enjoyment and well-being of our citizens.”

Some changes campers can expect this year include: