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9 - Visitation and Law Enforcement

7 months ago

Visitation numbers to the national park reserve over the first 5 years following establishment are expected to be less than 100,000 persons/year, with 56 percent of visitation attributed to local residents and 44 percent to tourists. The majority of tourists will already be in the region for other purposes, with modest growth between 2,000 to 4,000 extra visitors per year who are attracted by the proposed national park reserve. Visitation is modest in the first five years as park infrastructure and visitor services are in the planning and development phase. It is anticipated that visitation will increase sustainably and strategically over time as the as the proposed national park reserve becomes more established.

With respect to law enforcement, an increase in staff and capacity will result in more "incidents" that are tracked, but the bulk of these would be offenses that can be addressed by Park Wardens. The number of Criminal Code infractions referred to the local RCMP are not expected to be significant (ranging from 1 to 4 infractions per year), based on information from national parks or national park reserves with similar characteristics.

Consultation has concluded.

  • ShawnHathaway 7 months ago
    How many Wardens will be full time for this area? Part time? and Seasonal? Based of the severity of these 1-4 infractions estimate what is the total expected cost per case from start to finish? What is the total length of time these cases take? Time, money, and focus are all services that will have to be directed away from local issues to these by the local RCMP.
    • jleopkey 6 months ago
      They are estimating that there will be from 1 - 4 Criminal Code infractions, which means they would be passed on to the RCMP rather than investigated by the warden service. I think the point they are trying to make is that the creation of the park would not significantly increase the demand on local policing services. Offences under the Canada National Parks Act and other applicable federal and provincial statutes would be the responsibility of park wardens.
      • ShawnHathaway 6 months ago
        Passed yes which means they get added to the case load for the areas they happen in. They are additional demands on time and resources. This also a guess that they would not increase that much. However I think we would see higher numbers as, tourism increased, it means more valuables left in camp sites, vehicles, and other areas that are less then secure at times. I could be wrong, but I am assuming the average criminal can put those two together as well. If there is only a couple wardens around, that prime targets I feel. That just one area that could see criminal code infractions increase.
  • CL 6 months ago
    I fail to comprehend how bringing in more tourists or encouraging the local people to visit this habitat helps the endangered species period.
  • Sagebrush 6 months ago
    Unbelievable! I can’t tell you how many national parks i have hiked in and seen no, underline none, zero enforcement other than the easy pickings in a parking lot for passes. There aren’t enough rangers as it is, people do exactly as they please, camp wherever, no permits, nothing, in some of our most prestigious preffered parks. So I absolutely know this will be no different. Yeah, put in an expensive tracking system.we know the real outcome will be minimal. Public safety complaints will suck any extra resources, including RCMP. This statement is unbelievable.
  • Ashnola4all 6 months ago
    Again a mind boggling statement of how to protect a region! Let's increase the traffic to the area! Modest growth of 2k to 4k visitors a year! Protecting this area requires maintaining existing use and not making it into a tourist attraction. How do you possibly envision that "visitation will increase sustainability"? Stop wasting our money and find a project that would actually benefit from the Parks Canada model!