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More trendy activities proposed for Banff National Park


Elk are abundant at the Fairmont Banff Springs Golf Course, which sits inside a Canadian national park.
 (The Spokesman-Review)
Elk are abundant at the Fairmont Banff Springs Golf Course, which sits inside a Canadian national park. (The Spokesman-Review)

NATIONAL PARKS — Canada's national parks officials are making another stab at generating more revenue from Banff National Park.

Parks Canada announced last week that it would consider proposals to offer via ferrata, aerial parks, traction kiting, hang gliding and paragliding in Canada's flagship national park, although zip lines and canopy tours would not be considered after getting soundly trounced in public opinion polls after a previous proposal.

A report from the Rocky Mountain Outlook says conservationists are concerned about the dramatic shift away from traditional national park values, but the proposals are winning praise from business operators.

It's hard to believe that one of the world's most scenic natural areas isn't good enough to enjoy and savor just the way God made it.
  




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