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post #45 of (permalink) Old 09-09-2016, 10:15 PM
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Originally Posted by dlofting View Post
I'm familiar with the US system as it's implemented in the National Parks in the western states. No limitations on day hikes but overnight camping in the backcountry requires a permit and sites are limited and designated. Canyoneering in the parks requires a permit and, again, numbers are limited. The popular canyons are allocated via lottery. Same goes for backcountry campsites in Yellowstone. Maybe we need to consider something similar for popular areas.

I think it is unreasonable to expect a provincial parks system to achieve the level of enforcement and regulation of a national park. Limiting overnight campers won't reduce the crowds as the vast majority are daytrippers, nor will any park-based regulation reduce complaints about areas such as Semaphore Lakes.

Not to mention the fact that regulating or restricting daytrippers is unheard of for 99% of the trails of national parks. When it does happen it isn't for something as mitigatable as "not enough parking on a sunny holiday weekend".

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