8.1.1 Encouraging Appropriate Activities
Parks Canada will use Appropriate Use Criteria (Appendix C) to evaluate any new recreational and educational activities and requests for increases or changes to existing visitor services. The criteria require the parks to consider what services and activities are available in the region (appropriate activities are listed in Appendix D). The Landscape Management Units chapter outlines locations where specific activities are most suitable and balances the enjoyment and benefit of recreation with ecological and cultural considerations.
All commercial facilities will be located in the Rogers Pass area. Parks Canada will encourage existing commercial facilities to upgrade, without increasing their building footprint, floor space ratio, density, structure size, or leasehold size. Redevelopment will be consistent with the area’s rustic character, but will not be detailed in such a way as to be mistaken for historic structures. No new or expanded commercial or private roofed accommodation will be allowed.
Park staff will encourage visitors to seek out less-crowded alternatives to the most popular locations and promote activities that do not require additional facilities, such as bird-watching, hiking, skiing and picnicking. Information services and promotional activities will highlight the advantages of visiting in early autumn and late spring, provided that this shoulder season use does not have an impact on wildlife, habitat or movement corridors.
8.1.2 Working with Others
National parks are a cornerstone of Canada’s tourism industry - an integral part of the social and economic fabric of the region. To fulfill this role, and at the same time protect the resources on which tourism depends, requires the cooperation of a number of people and organizations.
Parks Canada works with neighbouring communities and commercial frontcountry operators to help ensure the accuracy of information provided to visitors. Parks Canada has also established relationships with backcountry lodges and other operators near park boundaries. Parks Canada will continue to work with others and participate in regional land use decision-making to integrate the planning for visitor services and recreation at a broader ecosystem level.
By working with the tourism sector and other levels of government, Mount Revelstoke, Glacier and Rogers Pass improve their ability to offer visitors a quality experience that reflects the long term goals of the people of Canada for their national parks and historic sites.
8.1.3 Planning and Managing Services and Use
National parks and historic sites cannot offer all things to all people, but the provision of opportunities to appreciate, understand and enjoy our heritage is a very important part of Parks Canada’s mandate. Parks Canada carries out research to understand visitor needs and expectations, and provides services designed to meet those needs and expectations, while monitoring public satisfaction and dealing with concerns. Parks Canada manages public demand by attracting visitors to the right heritage places, at the right time, in the right numbers and with the right expectations. Demand management is a recognition that national parks cannot continuously add to the supply of visitor opportunities in response to growing demand. Through the development of a Heritage Tourism Strategy, Parks Canada will work to match the growing demand for new recreational facilities and visitor services with regional opportunities and services.
Newer park facilities have been designed to minimize the impact of crowding. More visitors mean more “wear and tear” on park facilities. Revenue from those facilities will be reinvested in their maintenance or improvement. Managing the impact of visitor activities also requires ecologically sustainable techniques, for example in the treatment and disposal of waste water. Parks Canada is examining its infrastructure to determine if some unnecessary operational facilities can be closed. Parks Canada is committed to consultation with users before closing any visitor facilities.
- Human use management will integrate ecological and social objectives.
- Landscape Management Units will be used to analyze ecological concerns while allowing human use.
- People affected by changes in services and facilities will be consulted before management decisions are made.
- Decisions about human use in one area may have implications for other areas. This relationship will be considered in the decision-making process.
- Human use decisions will be based on the best available scientific, traditional and local information available. Monitoring and review will occur.
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