The cold weather has slowed down many things, but not the amount of visitors to the Royal Tyrrell Musuem.

They were up 8.2 percent over last year for the month of December and up 21 percent on the five year average.

"This gives us a really strong end to the calendar year," said Carrie Lunde, Marketing and Media Director at the Royal Tyrrell Museum. "Our fiscal year is April to March so we have three more months but it looks like we are going to continue this trend of high attendance here."

During the holiday season the museum saw close to 600 visitors each day.

"We don't know how it is going to pan out yet," noted Lunde. "2015 to 2016 was our record breaking year with about 479,000 people and we are at almost 459,000 and we still have three months to go, so we might break the record breaking year."

"It's good to see that there is this viable economic revenue generation that is outside of oil, gas and manufacturing," explained Lunde. "Tourism really is this viable industry to diversify our economy."

Lunde added that the winter season is more of an ideal time to visit if you would like to avoid crowds and have a quieter experience.

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