Parks Canada is thanking Canadians for a record-breaking day.

Parks Canada started taking 2018 reservations for campgrounds at Jasper National Park in Alberta on Jan. 9, according to Jasper National Parks spokesman Steve Young.

There were around 6,000 reservations placed in the first hour and almost 9,500 bookings in total, which is up 7% from last year, he saaid. Availability still exists mid-week in most cases, and in May and September, according to the Jasper FitzHugh.

If you missed out on campsite reservations, Young reminds everyone that Jasper National Park has over 100 backcountry campgrounds, ranging from an easy 5-kilometre walk, up to a 10-day hiking trip into remote wilderness.

Backcountry reservations begin on Jan. 24.

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