Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Calgary, Alberta, Andorra.
Interest: hiking, backpacking, scrambling, climbing
The National Parks seem to have the goal of preventing backpacking use at this point, so they seem to use any trail issue as a convenient excuse to shut down the area.
I think BC Parks manages some things well, but there are large areas they basically ignore. Mount Robson works because they've limited use according to tent pads. That needs to be done everywhere else as well. Mount Assiniboine just gets crazy busy and overcrowded. Lots of other campgrounds have a supposedly fixed capacity, but without the ability to pre-book, the theory is that I should hike many kilometres in, and if the campground ends up full, I'm supposed to... what? Hike back out?
It means that people are inevitably going to just random camp beside designated campgrounds because the other options are just impractical.