Thanks for opening the topic, mad owl woman. I notice some choose to add their comments to the original topic despite adding to the topic diversion.
I think it's great someone would care so much about their aging parent to provide such an adventure. I've done similar things for my parents. Such as taking my mother camping on the beach at Port Renfrew, or driving my dad up to walk on the Kettle Valley Railway. Neither of those has the audio or visual impact of aircraft circling popular mountains.
quote:Without tourism, such as flights over garibaldi lake, there would be much less awareness about the beautiful areas of BC, and less desire from voters to protect them which would result in the parks budget getting completely cut, oil companies blazing paths unopposed through parks, and the continued degradation of beautiful BC. Flights to view the beautiful places in BC are great to raise awareness and get people pumped about protecting the environment and the province. I doubt the 250 people camping down by the lake even heard the plane over the rest of the noise.
This same logic is used to defend capturing wild whales for performance displays. In fact, I know of no studies that have shown such exploitation of a natural resource has the effect of promoting conservation. There's plenty of speculation, of course. My opinion is that promotion of, say, aircraft access to wild places begets more exploitation of those places, not less. The corollary is that wilderness "causes" degradation of wilderness. Which sounds like nonsense.
I don't think tourist flights over mountains such as the Black Tusk are reasonably necessary, and I said so. Other than the environmental aspect, I'd be quite happy for such aircraft tourism to confine itself to Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains. Which obviously are not pristine and the folks going there don't expect a wilderness surrounding.
I've been bothered by aircraft tourist flights buzzing nice places since I first ran into this on a bicycle trip in the Bahamas in 1972. It just keeps getting worse around here, from Vargas Island to Spruce Lake. At least nowadays there are competent music devices to shut out the noise.
quote:Maybe you haven't heard, but Garibaldi Lake is front country.
Or to show more manners, all that was needed: "I believe Garibaldi Lake is front country".
Good point. So I looked up the Garibald Provincial Park Master Plan.
I thought "front country" was a term used by Parks Canada. The Plan says Garibaldi Park has 4 zones. The Development Zone includes the Rubble Creek and Diamond Head roads and parking lots. The Black Tusk, meadows etc are in the Special Features Subzone.
"Aircraft access will be managed by restricting landing and by volunteer overflight guidelines."
"General aviation, landings and sightseeing by aircraft will be managed for minimum impact on park visitors and wildlife through an aviation management plan.
The plan will provide guidance on minimum altitude of flights and will restrict landings."
At a different level, Transport Canada regulations require aircraft in flight to stay 300 metres away from populated areas. A mountain with people clearly visible on it is a "populated area". Though many aircraft observe that regulation, I've witnessed enough violations of it, and seen enough videos shot from aircraft to know that violations are common. Maybe there should be a requirement that private aircraft within 10km of populated areas have mufflers.