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Distinguishing Banff from the Rest of the World

November 5, 2010

In two recent posts, I explored the question of whether Parks Canada is genuinely trying to fulfill the needs of Banff’s visitors, or whether it has been hijacked by the business community, which wants to contrive new visitor “needs” in order to make a buck.

Today, a version of this post appeared in The Rocky Mountain Outlook, the local paper of record in the Banff-Bow Valley.

Not surprisingly, a recent editorial in The Calgary Herald, a pro-business newspaper in the corporate capital of Canada, with strong ties to the businesses and lobbyists in Banff, provided a decidedly different opinion.

What do you think? Take the poll! (It’s on yer right.)

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  1. Liz DeLong permalink
    November 10, 2010 11:37 am

    I attended your talk last night at the Alberta Wilderness Association. Thanks for your fine work and integrity. I am astonished that Parks Canada would even consider a via ferrata on Mount Norquay. This is a topic you covered intelligently in your article in the Wildlands Advocate of October 2010. I understand there is now one proposed for Mount Yamnuska. As I belong to five hiking groups I will spread the word. It is time that these clubs became more active.
    I think one solution to encouraging the conservation of our parks is to start with engaging youth programs. I am embarking upon attaining my Interpreter/Hiking Guide certification in hopes that I might be a part of this educational component and awareness of the issues. I will see where that leads.
    In the meantime it is time for more letter writing and activism on my part.

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