PARKS -- This might be the worst year in a long time, in terms of elbow room, for visiting Canada's gorgeous national parks.
As a promotion, free season passes were offered to national parks visitors as the country celebrates its 150th anniversary. People are using them, also taking advantage of an exchange rate that gives them a deep discount on the loonie.
The Calgary Herald reports that visitation has been high, but not much higher than last year, so far.
Choice backcountry permits are always pretty much reserved by the time the season starts, but walk-up permits can become available
Here are some headlines from the CBC:
- Free passes in 2017 has Banff tourist bonanza spilling out beyond the park gates
- Banff officials launch new campaign targeting human behaviour
- 'Unbelievable': Banff visitor walks right up to grizzly in apparent bid for closeup photo