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8.1.4 Strategic Goals

Park visitors enjoy a range of appropriate opportunities that reflect the wilderness character and rustic, natural setting of the Columbia Mountains.

Rogers Pass National Historic Site offers a range of opportunities focussed on its history, sense of place and heritage artifacts.

Parks and site opportunities, facilities and services complement those within the regional ecosystem.

8.1.5 Objectives

  1. To offer the existing range of safe, well-maintained, low-key, unobtrusive visitor facilities.
  2. To manage appropriate visitor activities and minimize the effects of more human use on visitor experience, public safety and commemorative and ecological integrity.
  3. To base the offer of visitor services, facilities and recreational opportunities on landscape management units and regional complement.

8.1.6 Key Actions

  1. Base decisions about appropriate activities, the supply and improvement of facilities and opportunities on social science research, ecosystem science, visitor data, environmental assessments and monitoring information. 
  2. Consider additional facilities if they improve ecological or commemorative integrity, public safety or visitor services.
  3. Monitor potable water quality and ensure standards are met and complete a water management plan.
  4. Encourage visitors to explore under-used facilities and to participate in activities that do not require more infrastructure by improving pre-trip and on-site information and promoting alternatives.
  5. Integrate planning for visitor services by participating in regional land use planning processes.
  6. Work with the Alpine Club of Canada and neighbouring commercial backcountry operators to maintain quality recreational opportunities with a wilderness character.
  7. Investigate the possibility of the Alpine Club of Canada maintaining and operating the backcountry cabins in Glacier National Park.
  8. Update and implement the parks’ public safety plan. This includes continuing to place a high priority on prevention and visitor self-reliance.

8.1.7 Table 3 – Indicators of Quality Visitor Experience

It is important that visitor opportunities, facilities and services facilitate a better understanding of cultural and natural history and contribute to an enjoyable and safe experience. It is equally important that visitors to Mount Revelstoke and Glacier national parks experience these areas in ways that leave them unimpaired for future generations.

The indicators of quality visitor experiences listed below will be measured periodically to determine how well Parks Canada is managing visitor opportunities, services and facilities. In some cases, insufficient information exists to determine a suitable target; in these cases, the first step is to understand the current status of the target by collecting baseline information.

Performance on these indicators will be available in regular progress reports on the implementation of this management plan.

Table 3. Indicators of Quality Visitor Experience
Growth in annual visitation Increases in visitor growth from 2004/05 levels are directed to facilities that can sustain additional use, considering ecological and commemorative integrity, and visitor experience quality.
Level of satisfaction with experience 95% of visitors rate their experience as satisfying or very satisfying
Quality of potable water at park facilities Adherence to Canadian Drinking Water Quality standards
Quality of wilderness experience (visitor perceptions such as crowding and security, and management attributes such as level of facility development and information services) Collect information to establish baseline. (Interim target) Visitor perceptions of experience quality match LMU visitor opportunity objectives
Security of visitors (from crime e.g. vehicle break-ins) Increased visitor security, expressed as a ratio of property crimes to visitor numbers
Accurate, timely, clear information available for visitor risk decision making Collect information to establish baseline for summer users (Interim target)
Increased visitor use of the winter risk decision-making information available to them, with a subsequent decrease in the frequency and severity of public safety incidents, expressed as a ratio of accidents to visitor numbers

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