Headed for the Mountains
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: New Westminster, BC, Canada.
There is a broader issue here that I think is important: the liability of park operators in wilderness areas.
I think anyone entering a provincial or national park (I know this took place in the States, just referencing it to our own situation) should be considered on their own. If they choose to use a bridge, trail or anything else, they do so on their own judgement. The government/park operator should not be responsible for any safety guarantees.
It is impossible for any agency to take an area, such as the larger provincial parks, and absolutely keep every trail, bridge, shelter and parking lot in tip top shape. Never going to happen. Throw in bears, mountain goats and brake line eating porcupines, and you have an obvious mix where eventually someone is going to suffer if they are not careful.
It should state right at the entrance to every park 'Abandon all legal whims, yee who enter here'. I don't care if the park operator is negligent. Perhaps they didn't repair a bridge that was wobbling after spring runoff cut into the bank. You are in the wild. You use your judgement to cross the bridge or not. You end up in the river. Tough beans. You made the call. You suffer the consequences. No legal action is permitted.
Park budgets are already super squeezed. The last thing I want to see is money diverted to pay for legal bills and liability awards.