Canada Camping News Roundup for November 1, 2021

Canada Camping News Roundup for November 1, 2021

The Camping Life News Roundup for the week of November 1, 2021 looks at provincial park rescue, black swift nests, Parks Canada ‘coasties’, Manitoba Provincial Park spending, renaming of Chilliwack Lake Provincial Park, and road improvements in Good Spirit Lake Provincial Park.

Renaming of Chilliwack Lake Provincial Park – Saskatchewan Parks

Saskatchewan Highway’s Minister Fred Bradshaw announced the completion of a $12.9 million road improvement project in the Good Spirit Lake provincial park area.

Renaming of Chilliwack Lake Provincial Park – The Cascade

On October 5, the government of British Columbia released an official statement outlining new legislation for two B.C. provincial parks. It stated that Chilliwack Lake Park and Newcastle Island Marine Park will be renamed to reflect their respective ancestral place names in order to build upon reconciliation acts with Indigenous peoples.

MB provincial parks in Westman getting upgrades – StarFM

The Manitoba government says it’s investing more than $450,000 from the Provincial Parks Endowment Fund to support improvement projects in parks across the province.

Visitors to national parks can now take ‘coasties’ to track coastal erosion – City News

Visitors to some Parks Canada locations can now be a part of the organization’s research into coastal erosion by taking a so-called coastie.

Endangered black swift nests in Johnston Canyon reach 17 year high: Parks Canada – Calgary Sun

Parks Canada says five active black swift nests were found this year at Johnston Canyon in Banff National Park, which they say is the highest recorded in 17 years and a positive sign for the endangered bird.

Sikh men created a lifeline using turbans and jackets to rescue hikers at a park – WJCT News

Two men who needed help up a steep rock in British Columbia were saved thanks to a group of Sikh men who unraveled and removed their turbans to create a makeshift rope. The steep rocks led to rough, raging waters near a waterfall.
Camping News Roundup for March 17, 2020

Camping News Roundup for March 17, 2020

Alberta Parks’ online camping reservations open this month – St. Albert Gazette

Online reservations open for individual campsites will begin March 17, with staggered times to include 9 a.m. for the south region, 11 am. for Kananaskis Country, 1 p.m. for the central region and 3 p.m. for the north region.

County attempting to save two historic homes at Sandbanks from demolition – countylive

On the advice of the County’s Heritage Advisory Committee, the municipality will attempt to stop demolition of two cultural heritage homes at Sandbanks Provincial Park.

Murray Beach Provincial Park not being privatized — yet – CBC News

The Department of Tourism, Culture and Heritage will not follow through on its plan to privatize the operation of Murray Beach Provincial Park this spring. Last spring, the province said it would call for tenders in the fall of 2019, looking for a person or group to run the park, about a 75-kilometre drive east of Moncton on the Northumberland Strait. The park would continue to have provincial park status.

Outdoor hunting and fishing licenses and park permits to be sold online in Manitoba – CTV News

New legislation in Manitoba will make it more convenient for outdoor enthusiasts to get provincial park passes, as well as hunting and fishing licenses. On Monday, the province announced a new initiative that would allow people to purchase outdoor licenses and Provincial Park passes online, as opposed to purchasing paper licenses.

‘Unhappy campers’: Golden Ears campsites to only be available via online reservation – Global News

The B.C. government announced earlier this week that camping spots at Golden Ears Provincial Park in Maple Ridge will only be available through online reservations during peak season. Drive-up customers will no longer be able to get spots on a first-come-first-serve basis from May to September.

‘Jewel of our province’: Manitoba parks strategy may have private investment, third-party management of campgrounds – CTV News

Manitoba’s Progressive Conservative government is eyeing improvements to provincial parks through possible investments from the private sector and third-party management of some campgrounds. The initiative was outlined by the Premier in a recent mandate letter to Conservation and Climate Minister Sarah Guillemard.

Alberta to close parks, privatize services in budget cuts – Globe & Mail

Alberta will shutter or partly close 20 provincial parks, and allow private businesses to operate others in an effort to save money.​ There are 473 sites in Alberta Parks’s network and the government is looking for third-party partnerships at 164 of them.

Alberta’s First Grizzly Bear Just Woke Up From Hibernation, So It’s Officially Spring – Narcity

Nothing says “spring is here” like the year’s first sighting of a bear in Banff National Park. With winter hibernation coming to an end, Banff and Lake Louise Tourism says the first grizzly of 2020 has been spotted. And apparently it’s the earliest one of the animals that has emerged from its den in the last decade.